Recently, a large movement has begun within our regulatory agencies to consider a “One Health” approach to veterinary and human medicine. Particularly with zoonotic diseases and food borne illness, efforts have to be made to protect people, pets, and the food supply. This need has been highlighted by the recent food recalls.
The FDA issued a report that details out the violations from the Diamond Pet Food plant responsible for the recalls we’ve been posting for the last few weeks. The full report can be read/downloaded as a PDF at this link. A quick summary is below:
All reasonable precautions are not taken to ensure that product or procedures do not contribute contamination from any source.
Failure to provide hand washing and hand sanitizing facilities at each location in the plant where needed.
Failure to maintain equipment, containers and utensils used to convey, hold, and store food in a manner that protects against contamination.
Failure to maintain equipment so as to facilitate cleaning of the equipment.
Human illness has been linked to handling this pet food. Approximately 15 individuals (including 1 in Michigan) have been made sick. Five people have been hospitalized for care, but no deaths have been reported.
There’s a lot of good information for owners at this page. The CDC has issued precautions that can be taken to prevent spread of illness, to protect or treat family members and pets, and where to report a complaint to the FDA.