Minnesota authorities have linked a recent outbreak of salmonella to a dog food product that contains raw turkey meat.
The Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture have found a link to a brand of dog food and a salmonella outbreak after children became sick, leading to a recall. Authorities believe the cases stemmed from children who may have handle raw ground turkey food meant for pets in their own home.
Authorities found a strain of salmonella in sample of Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Food for Pets, according to reports. They believe that the pet food was manufacturered last October and was sold online through the Raws for Paws website, and that some of the products may have been resold later. The recall order was issued on Feb. 5.
In one of the cases, the child developed osteomyelitis, which is a serious bone infection. The child is currently recovering at home.
“The Minnesota Departments of Health (MDH) and Agriculture (MDA) are investigating two cases of Salmonella Reading infection with the same DNA fingerprint pattern; the cases are children in the Twin Cities metro area who became ill after raw ground turkey food for pets was fed to pets in their home,” reads the statement from the Minnesota Department of Health. “The children became ill in January. One child’s infection resulted in osteomyelitis, a painful and serious bone infection. This child was hospitalized and is now recovering at home. The same strain of Salmonella Reading was found in samples of Raws for Paws Ground Turkey Food for Pets tested by MDA and MDH.”