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Raw Turkey Pet Food Linked to Human Illness in Minnesota

  • The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has issued a recall notice for three lots of raw turkey pet food manufactured by Woody’s Pet Food Deli after linking a human case of Salmonella Reading infection to the product.

  • The infected person served the recalled food to a pet, which also tested positive for Salmonella but a strain other than Salmonella Reading.  This is the second time MDA has issued a recall relating to a human Salmonella Reading infection from raw turkey pet food; the first was a year ago in February 2018, when two children in the Twin Cities metro area were infected—one of whom was hospitalized.

  • The Woody’s Pet Food is the latest of many raw turkey products that have been implicated in the human Salmonella Reading outbreak that has been ongoing since November 2017.  Since we last reported on the outbreak in November 2018, the rate of new illnesses has increased, with more than 50 new cases occurring in the past two months, bringing the total to 216 cases.

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