Salmonella prompts recalls

Due to the many pet foods recalls of late, I thought it would be a good idea to post some tips from the Centers for Disease Control (Atlanta).

1. Purchase products with no visible damage to packaging.

2. If possible, store dry pet food in its original bag inside a clean, dedicated plastic container with a lid. Keep the top of the bag folded or closed.

3. Store dry pet food and pet treats in a cool, dry place under 80 degrees

4. Promptly refrigerate or discard unused, leftover wet pet food and containers. The fridge should be set at 40 degrees

5. Do not handle or store pet food in areas where human food is prepared.

6. Feed pets in areas other than the kitchen.

7. Use a clean, dedicated scoop, spoon or cup to scoop pet food. Do not use the pet bowl.

Wash pet food bowls, dishes and scooping utensils with soap and hot water regularly. Avoid washing items in the kitchen sink or bathtubs to prevent cross contamination.

8. Do not allow children younger than 5 to touch or eat pet food, treats or supplements.

9. Wash your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water right after handling pet food and treats or, after contact with animals or their environments – and especially before preparing, serving or eating food or drinks or preparing baby bottles.

10. Clean up after your pet. Scoop the litter box and clean up dog waste in the yard daily.