Raw meat-based diets for companion animals – a potential source of transmission of pathogenic and antimicrobial-resistant bacteria

Swiss researchers from the University of Zurich analyzed 47 raw-meat based pet foods on the market with ingredients originating from Switzerland or Germany. They found strains of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in 62,7% foods. Levels of Enterobacteriaceae, the bacterial family of E. coli and Salmonella were found in 72.5% of the raw dog and cat foods and concluded that raw foods pose a severe health risk, especially to infants, the elderly, pregnant or immunocompromised individuals.

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