Could you provide tips for safely handling raw pet food?
- treats, and touching surfaces that have come into contact with raw meat, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and hot water.
- Handle separately from human food, with separate kitchen equipment (or the same equipment washed thoroughly after use). Thoroughly clean and disinfect all surfaces and objects that come in contact with raw pet food. First, wash with hot soapy water and then follow with a disinfectant. You can also run items through the dishwasher to clean and disinfect them after each use.
- Don’t rinse raw meat, poultry, fish, and seafood. Bacteria in the raw juices can splash and spread to other food and surfaces.
- After each use, wash pet food bowls and scooping utensils with soap and hot water.
- Do not use your pet’s food bowl as a scooping utensil. Use a clean scoop, spoon, or cup instead. Use the scooping utensil only for scooping pet food.
- Don’t kiss your pet around its mouth or let it lick your face after it has eaten raw food.
Note: if you have very young or old family members in your household or someone who are immunocompromised and more susceptible to illness, you need to be especially careful about handling raw meat.