Salmonella Contaminated Dog and Cat Food Poses Human Risks

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has opened a nationwide investigation into the growing number of salmonella outbreaks in pet food. The pets were not infected with salmonella, but their owners were after feeding the pets contaminated food. FDA investigators started taking samples of dry pet food, pet treats and diet supplements from distributors, wholesalers and retailers in October.  Retailers such as PetSmart, PetCo, WalMart, Costco, Sam’s Club and Target have all had samples taken from their shelves. The government is also racing to determine how much salmonella is contaminating pet food, and is urging pet owners to wash their hands after handling food.  It’s also advised against putting pet feeders on kitchen counters or sinks. According to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC), the outbreak included a strain of the bacteria known as Schwarzengrund. The strain is considered resistant to some anibiotics used to treat infection. If you suspect that you or a loved one have been sickened by tainted food  contact us for a free case appraisal.

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As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP