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Dog food with raw meat is a risk

Every other dog food out of raw meat in multi-resistant bacteria. A study by the University of Zurich in roughage samples, so-called “Barf”menus shows. The resistant bacteria can be transmitted to the Pets and also to humans, researchers warn.

Today, meat-eating domestic animals are dogs, especially, increasingly, portions of raw meat, offal, bones, and ingredients such as vegetables and fruit fed. It is called the Futtermix "Barf" (Biologically Appropriate Raw Food). The researchers of the Institute for food safety at the University of Zurich took 51 such raw feed samples from different suppliers more closely. The result is to think: In 73 percent of the feed samples, the guideline value was exceeded for entero-bacteria. In 61 percent of the samples, the researchers found even germs, the Extended-Spectrum Beta-lactamases (ESBL) producing an enzyme, the antibiotic is ineffective makes.

"We have found over 60 percent of the samples ESBL-forming bacteria, is really erschreckend", Magdalena Nüesch-Inderbinen, first author of the study explains. "Some of E. coli types that can cause human and animal infections." Raw feed is therefore from the point of view of researchers, a major risk factor for the Transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. To a pet owner in the preparation of feed, with the multi-resistant bacteria in contact. On the other, the Pets in close contact with people, reducing the risk of Transmission from animals to people increases. "We therefore advise all dog and cat owners that their animals with ‚Barf‘ feed want to deal, be careful with the food and strict Hygiene at feeding time to comply with,” says Nüesch-Inderbinen. Pet owners should be aware of the risk that your animal maybe multi-contributes to resistant bacteria and these can spread.

"The Situation with multi-resistant bacteria got in the last few years, more and more, except Kontrolle", Roger Stephan, explained the Professor at the Institute for food safety at the University of Zurich. Against the increase in the spread of ESBL-forming germs are urgent measures required.