Safe handling of RMBDs
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one in six Americans becomes sick each year from contaminated foods or beverages, and 3,000 die.14 Pets fed an RMBD may shed bacteria in their feces for up to 2 weeks after eating a contaminated product.
The risk to owners who feed RMBDs to their pets is highest when storing and handling the food, handling the pet’s feces, and using kitchen equipment to prepare pet meals.7 Because many owners are unaware of the risks involved, it is important to discuss them, especially when there are children, elders, or immunocompromised people living in the home. Pet owners should follow these guidelines7:
- Keep all RMBD products frozen until use.
- Thaw RMBD products in the refrigerator (maximum temperature of 50 °F), not on the counter.
- Handle all RMBD products separately from food for human consumption.
- Avoid kissing the pet after feeding.