If you are a pet owner like me you may want to read this article concerning pet food and exposure to Salmonella poisoning. Being a diligent handwasher is important in order to reduce the risk of cross-contamination.
“Beware of Fido and Fifi’s foods and treats…handle with care.”
To lower the risk of salmonella exposure to both humans and pets, the American Veterinary Medical Association recommends avoiding raw food diets and storing pet foods properly. Dry foods, treats and vitamins should be kept in a cool, dry place, away from the kitchen area, and food and water bowls should be washed often. Individually packaged pig ears are less likely to be contaminated than those from bulk bins.
Children, the elderly and people with suppressed immune systems should not handle pet food or treats. And hands should be washed before and after handling pet products.