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Letter: Hygiene helps reduce salmonella illnesses

Re “Pet treats linked to salmonella outbreak” (Monitor front page, Sept. 11):

I don’t personally know the people who make the recalled Joey’s Chicken Jerky dog treats, but I do know they started making them to provide healthy treats for their own dogs. I hope they can survive this. Already there are untrue rumors that dogs have died from this treat. In fact, we are only hearing about this incident because humans got sick. Dogs and cats handle salmonella and e coli better than humans can and seldom get very sick from those organisms.

While we all heard about the major pet food recall for dog and cat deaths from melamine (from China) and about dog deaths attributable to treats from China, we hear little or nothing about the recalls of U.S. made commercial pet foods, including some top quality brands, that occur almost monthly. One formerly top quality brand is disappearing from store shelves because of the frequency of its recalls. I suspect the people who make Joey’s treats feel a lot worse about this incident than do the makers of recalled commercial foods.

If we humans were all a little more careful about washing our hands, we’d have fewer issues with salmonella, e coli, common colds and flu outbreaks.

JUDY WISHART

Concord

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