FDA to look for pathogens in raw pet food

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The Food and Drug Administration wants some indication of how often raw or minimally processed dog and cat foods contain certain pathogens.

The agency cited rising numbers of dogs and cats fed such foods, in a June 3 announcement about plans for sampling and analysis of dog and cat foods labeled as raw and sold through retail stores. The agency plans to investigate prevalences of Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and non-O157 shiga toxin–producing E coli in those samples.

The sampling and analysis are scheduled for completion Aug. 31.