Raw pet foods are more likely than other pet foods to contain salmonella and listeria bacteria, according to a two-year study by the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine in which 1,000 samples from 196 raw dog and cat foods were tested. The researchers found salmonella in 15 samples and listeria in 32. The results "identified a potential health risk for the pets eating the raw food and for the owners handling the product," said principal investigator and veterinarian Renate Reimschuessel. The findings are summarized on the FDA website.

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