Raw Pet Food: The Problem That Just Won’t Go Away

With back to back raw meat pet food recalls these days, pet parents are beginning to worry: Just how safe is raw pet food anyway?

No other subject than raw pet food is more divisive and more misunderstood.

Pro-raw pet fooders rabidly defend their position, convinced that the government and Big Pet Food are conspiring to ruin raw meat pet food companies.

With every new raw pet food recall, it may push pet parents who have been on the raw feeding fence to shy away from raw pet food for fear it might make their pet or someone in their family sick.

But most pet parents are uncertain, assuming that the risks of raw pet food are exaggerated and that it’s probably safe.

But is it?


In a new study, scientists at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, tested raw meat pet food for zoonotic bacterial and parasitic pathogens and they found that E. coliListeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella were all present. The scientists found that 86% of the raw pet foods tested positive for a potentially lethal pathogen: E. coli 0157, a strain of intestinal bacteria which is commonly found in cow poop. The scientists also found two types of parasites: Sarcocystis and Toxoplasma gondii.

Although the scientists analyzed only thirty-five raw pet foods available in Europe, it makes you wonder – is raw pet food safe?

In case you’re thinking, “Well, pet food made in America has to be better,” the authors warn that raw meat pet foods in the United States are “without a doubt” similar to those tested in their study.

In an earlier study, by the same team of scientists at Utrecht University, found a significant association between pathogenic bacteria shedding in cat poop and feeding raw cat food. The bacteria were isolated in under 6 percent of the cats fed non-raw pet foods compared with the nearly 90 percent of cats fed raw cat food.

Another study found a significant association between shedding of pathogenic bacteria in cats that were fed raw pet food. The study showed the risk of feeding raw pet food to cats for both the animals as well as their owners handling raw pet food. Despite such evidence, little is known about risk factors for bacterial shedding in pets.

Earlier analyses of raw pet food in the United States also found similar levels of contamination in raw pet food. In a two-year study, the Centers for Veterinary Medicine screened over 1,000 samples of pet food – raw and cooked – for pathogenic bacteria. The study analyzed 240 dry pet foods and 196 raw pet foods, and of the dry kibble type pet foods, only one sample tested positive for Salmonella while of the 196 raw pet food samples analyzed, 15 were positive for Salmonella and 32 were positive for L. monocytogenes.

If you think the FDA only looks at raw pet foods, think again.

In a meta data study that examined class I and class II pet food recalls between 1996 and 2008, there were 22 recalls documented by the FDA involving adulteration, and – every single one of them –  involved a kibble type pet food and not raw pet food.


The poor outcome of any raw pet food study should be understood in the context that the U.S. meat and poultry supply is filthy. There’s a “simple explanation for why eating a hamburger can now make you seriously ill,” wrote Eric Schlosser in Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal in 2001, “There is shit in the meat.”

Not much has changed since then.

“It’s not whether or not people are going to eat shit — they are. It’s just how much,” one meat inspector said about the USDA Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points Inspection Models Project (HIMP), according to documents released by the Government Accountability Project.

Now Trump’s USDA is pushing for an overhaul, based on the HIMP model, that could significantly speed up the already frantic pace of processing meat means it is inevitable that contaminated meat and poultry will slip through the net.

In an explosive expose just published by the Guardian, called Dirty Meat, revealed revolting conditions in meat plants in the U.S., “Meat destined for the human food chain found riddled with fecal matter and abscesses filled with pus.” Diseased poultry meat that had been condemned was, “found in containers used to hold edible food products,” and pig carcasses piled up on a factory floor, “leading to contamination with grease, blood, and other filth.”

When investigators at Consumer Reports tested over 450 pounds of beef, examining it for bacteria that signified fecal contamination, they found that every pound was contaminated with bacteria that “signified fecal contamination (enterococcus and/or non-toxin-producing E. coli).”

The USDA defends such criticism in the report Chicken from Farm to Table saying, “The presence of E.coli, although an indicator organism for fecal matter, does not mean the product is, in fact, contaminated by feces,” because, the carcass might have been contaminated by an “environmental contaminate, like dust.”

While it is true that bacteria are ubiquitous in the environment, the USDA’s explanation that “dust” is to blame, is unlikely when you consider that chicken languish in a fecal soup before they end on your plate or in your pet’s bowl.

The most recent National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring Systems retail meat report said that 90 percent of pork chops, ground beef and ground turkey – and 95 percent of chicken breasts – were contaminated with fecal bacteria.

In a study published in 2013, that looked at foodborne disease outbreaks between 1998-2008, concluded that “more deaths were attributed to poultry than to any other commodity.”

Given the ghastly state the U.S. meat and poultry supply is in, is it any wonder that the USDA recommends cooking the crap – literally – out of meat and poultry?


Each year, the CDC estimates that 1 in 6 Americans gets sick from eating contaminated food. And those are just the cases we know about because, for every case of illness reported to the CDC, another twenty-nine are not.  That’s a heck of a lot of people that could get sick and die from eating unsafe food, including raw commodities such as unpasteurized milk, undercooked meat or eggs, raw fruits, and vegetables. What’s scary is that 40 percent of bacterial foodborne illnesses in humans comes from meat and poultry commodities. And it’s not just raw meat and poultry that pose a high risk, but raw dairy also has its risks. The CDC reports that unpasteurized milk is 150 times more likely to cause foodborne illness than pasteurized dairy products.


But what you probably don’t know is that the quality of meat that’s allowed to be in pet food can be entirely different than the meat you buy for your family. Some industry members maintain that the only difference between the standards for human and animal food are aesthetic ones. But when the FDA condones using rendered animal feed ingredients, “despite the use of tissues from diseased animals or animals that have died otherwise than by slaughter,” you have to wonder, is the meat in pet food just the creepy parts of animals that most people don’t want to eat?

Given the two divergent possibilities, there are no assurances that the meat used in your pet food is the same quality of meat that is inspected and approved by the USDA for human consumption.

Because of the inherent nature of the pet food industry and the less stringent requirements – compared with products approved for human consumption – there is a high probability that the meat used in pet food is highly contaminated with pathogenic bacteria.

If inedible tissues, which often include carcasses of condemned animals (animals found to be dead, dying, disabled, or diseased at the time of slaughter), are allowed to be used pet food I have to wonder how can raw pet food be considered safe?


One of the most significant problems we have is that the actual number of pets affected by adulterated pet food is not known because there is no adverse reporting system for pet foods.

According to a study which reviewed more than 300 articles from biomedical literature on zoonotic disease concluded that there just isn’t just a heck of a lot we do know about disease risks attributable to pets. That’s because: “Existing pet-contact recommendations are based on relatively limited data, human disease outbreaks and general concepts in infectious disease prevention.”

In another study that looked at the risk of pet-associated zoonotic infections, the authors explained that existing pet-contact recommendations, “are based on relatively limited data, human disease outbreaks and general concepts in infectious disease prevention. Whether such recommendations are appropriate for the level of risk is unknown.”

Scientists who studied zoonotic diseases in pets made clear that because of “a lack of data on pathogen prevalence in the relevant pet population and on the incidence of human infections attributable to pets” they are impossible to difficult to quantify due to a “multitude of knowledge gaps.”


Despite the FDA warning that “Raw pet food can be dangerous to you and your pet,” the CDC admits that “germs from dogs rarely spread to people.”

As far as the spread of diseases from animals to people, the CDC says it is “rare,” they give the ambiguous conclusion that “pets do sometimes carry germs that can make people sick.” But when it comes to pet food safety, the CDC is unequivocal, making clear that: “Raw food diets can make you and your pet sick.”

Even though there are significant knowledge gaps, we do know that pets shed pathogenic bacteria but, what we don’t know is how this can affect the health of humans.


But there’s another problem with identifying risk, a central issue that none of the studies address with any authority: How often do contaminated pet food products cause disease in pets?

Scientists don’t know the answer. In fact, no one does. That’s because there is no cohesive method for tracking foodborne illness in animals.

The FDA describes the challenges of tracking animal illness outbreaks, lamenting, that when foodborne illness occurs in humans, the FDA works with CDC in tracking foodborne illness. “Unfortunately, there is no equivalent for pets, which means that it is practically impossible to accurately evaluate the scope of an outbreak in pets.

The agency has another insurmountable problem, the lack of post-mortem information on pets. They explain, “When a pet dies, it is much less likely that a pathologist will have the opportunity to examine the body. Unfortunately, by the time FDA receives reports of deaths in pets, the pet has often already been cremated or buried, “eliminating the chance for scientists to gather more information about potential causes for illness.”

Without an organized surveillance system that counts the number or types of zoonotic diseases that occur in pets, we are ignorant of the scope of disease in pets.


According to the report, Emerging Pathogens in Meat and Poultry stated that “pathogens that cause these infections are typically zoonotic (meaning they can be transmitted between animals and humans) and can be introduced at any point along the food chain.”

While no one will argue that you can become infected by improperly handling raw meat or poultry, whether the source of meat is for animal or human consumption, raw meat carries inherent risks. So, no matter what type of meat you bring into your home – whether it’s to feed your family or your pet  –  you should always follow strict food safety handling instructions.


Whether you’re a pro-raw-fooder or a raw-food-hater, I think there’s something both sides can agree on – there’s something seriously wrong with the meat industry. And by extension, raw pet food carries with it many of the meat industry’s failures.

If there is one overarching message I want to leave you with and that is that all meat carries some risk, and remember that every time you tuck into that juicy burger or plop a blob of raw ground meat into your pet’s bowl you’re rolling the food safety dice.


If you think that you or a family member has a foodborne illness, contact your healthcare provider at once.

If you think a food is the source of a problem, save a sample and report suspected foodborne illness to FDA by contact a Consumer Complaint Coordinator in your area.

Call or visit the FDA’s Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition or call them at 1-888-SAFEFOOD.

For more information on food safety and prevention of food-borne illnesses, you can contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Foodborne Illness Line at 1-888-232-3228 or visit the CDC’s food safety page for more information.


If you believe your pet has become ill from consuming a pet food, please provide the FDA with valuable information by reporting it electronically through their Safety Reporting Portal or call your local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator.

If you and your veterinarian think a pet food or treat is the source of a problem – save it – because your state agricultural or veterinary diagnostic lab may want to do testing. If you need more help, find out how to report a pet food complaint to the FDA.


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  2. My husband just finished building a pet food manufacturing facility. There were many regulatory requirements to ensure food safety, including things like what materials the walls and floor were made of, and having no less than four separate sinks so that food prep items wouldn’t be washed in the same location as the mop (for example). He had about 20 inspections before getting his permit (with compliments from the health inspector).

    What I’m wondering is, why don’t meat processing facilities have equally strict requirements? All the work my husband does to keep his plant clean and sanitary is pointless if he can buy raw meat that comes pre-contaminated.


    • That’s precisely the problem with the meat and poultry industry. It all comes from USDA inspected plants – and you can safely assume it is contaminated. Even the USDA won’t take action on Salmonella because it is assumed that it will be cooked. That’s why I would not – under any circumstances – start a raw pet food company. The odds are against you, particularly as the FDA has a “zero” tolerance on Salmonella in raw meat. I strongly suggest you read up on the problems with the meat industry in the US because chances are the product you are getting from USDA inspected plants is contaminated with pathogenic bacteria. Unless you test and hold your product, you are going to have problems. Count on it.


  3. After reading your reply to my comment, I feel it necessary to state that, I used to be a veterinary technician. Therefore, I know a thing, or two, about the health and nutrition of pets.

    In your reply, you voiced concerns over raw food being fed in a house with elderly people and/or those with compromised immune systems. Ironically, I have both, in my home! My husband and I, care for my elderly father in law and he has never fallen ill because of us feeding raw pet food! We, also, have a cat that’s FIV positive! We rescued her when our neighbors moved, and left her to die. She has eaten raw cat food, and had zero problems, because of it. Compromised immune system, and all!

    The raw pet food fear mongering that you’re participating in, is appalling! TherforeTherfore, I feel it necessary to clear up some things. I’ve provided some facts, not just opinions, below.

    FACT: Cats are obligate carnivores and they eat RAW MEAT in the wild. Therefore, raw meat is a species appropriate diet for cats.

    FACT: There are NO LAWS that require pet food to contain zero pathogens or contaminants! In fact, the The Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act states that it must be in QUANTITIES that are INJURIOUS!

    “§342. Adulterated food. A food shall be deemed to be adulterated- (a) Poisonous, insanitary, etc., ingredients: (1) If it bears or contains any poisonous or deleterious substance which may render it injurious to health; but in case the substance is not an added substance such food shall not be considered adulterated under this clause if the quantity of such substance in such food does not ordinarily render it injurious to health;”

    FACT: Food borne pathogens are also found in dry kibble that’s fed to pets. Yet, the FDA and various state’s Agriculture Departments aren’t selectively targeting them for unannounced food testing and facility inspections. Like they’re doing with raw pet food manufacturers. I, also, don’t see DRY or canned pet food manufacturers having to recall any of their foods, PRIOR to MULTIPLE consumer complaints about sick pets.

    So, why don’t you explain the reasons for the double standards, when it comes to the FDA’s enforcement of pet food safety. Because, I’ve seen plenty of evidence to suggest that the FDA isn’t really acting in the best interests of our pets but, rather, the best interests of large manufacturers of; pet foods and pharmaceuticals.

    That’s the real threat of raw pet food! It was starting to make too many pets healthy and too many people were catching on, and ditching other pet foods. The large pet food manufacturers don’t want to actually have to make quality pet foods, in order to compete! Plus, the pharmaceutical companies aren’t making money off of healthy pets and since the FDA receives approximately 70% of its funding, in the form of “user fees,” from the very industries that it’s supposed to regulate, I’d say it was in the FDA’s best interest to target raw food manufacturers.

    Please tell me how I’m wrong.


    • I don’t know where to start Melissa. But thank you for your detailed reply to my comment. I’ll try to answer your comments as best I can here.

      • The basis that your husband or your cat have not gotten ill thus far is not a reason to accept that all pathogenic bacteria are benign. Some people and some pets do not get ill and there are a variety of reasons for that.

      Your statement that because cats are obligate carnivores they are meant to eat raw meat is true. But, as I said in my article, the U.S. meat industry is filthy, so it is no surprise that adulterated product comes from USDA inspected plants. Worse pet food manufacturers are under no legal obligation to use meat, poultry eggs or milk that has been passed by the USDA. Pet food manufacturers, on the other hand, are required to follow the rules under the FFDCA whose laws require food to be safe and to be free of disease-causing substances or pathogens.

      The FFDCA requires that food not be contaminated any poisonous or deleterious substance which may render it injurious to health. You suggest that a disease-causing pathogen does not make it adulterated. Specifically, in a “quantity of such substance in such food does not ordinarily render it injurious to health…” But any amount of a disease-causing pathogen is considered an adulterant. There are no allowable “quantities” of a disease-causing pathogen to be in food. There is no reasonable certainty that no harm will result from an exposure – in any amount – to a pathogenic organism.

      There are no “double standards” of FDA enforcement. They are charged with enforcing the FFDCA. As such they take action against any manufacturers of pet food – raw or otherwise – if they produce or sell adulterated products. They do not give a pass to dry pet food manufacturers who produce adulterated products. Dry pet food manufacturers are expected to follow the same FFDCA laws as raw pet food manufacturers. The FDA is not selectively “targeting” raw pet food; in fact, dry pet foods have been recalled than raw pet food.

      The FDA does take complaints seriously. I know for a fact that all it took was a single consumer complaint with a sick dog (with veterinary records) to spur an investigation of a pet food manufacturer.

      Your assertions are based on the false ideas promoted by well-meaning, but paranoid, raw pet food zealots. Realize, that their agenda is to demonize the FDA to further their goal of protecting the raw pet food manufacturers with whom they have a financial interest in preserving. To that end, their myopic opinion and knowledge of the law are to create fear and anger in the minds of consumers, which, by the tone of your comment, they have succeded in doing so.


      • Yes, I am angry but, not for the reasons you implied. I’m angry because, after Rad Cat Raw Food went out of business, I couldn’t find another food that my 19 year old cat could digest without having serious issues. It ended up costing her life. I put her down, shortly after. I tried to make raw food for her, myself and tried many other brands of raw food but, her body couldn’t handle the switch to new foods. Her severe IBD problems were the reason she ate that food for 7 years, in the first place. Everytime I tried switching to a different food, her problems returned.
        She’s not the only reason I’m angry about it, either. I’ve seen countless other people with cats who have various illnesses who treated their symptoms with raw foods that have been recalled or forced out of business, who also have ended up with very sick cats or they also ended up putting them down. So, the FDA that you repeatedly defend the actions of, is actually causing pets to die, all in the name of making sure their food is “safe.” You’ve care it clear where you stand and you’re welcome to you own opinions. However, the statements I’ve made are factual. For cats or dogs who can’t eat anything else, this is and will continue to be their death sentence.


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  5. I have the healthiest dog I’ve ever had (GSD) because I chose to feed raw. I use a holistic veterinarian and my dog always receives 5 out of 5 stars on her YEARLY exam. Her blood work and fecal tests are always stellar. Guess she can’t be shedding too many lethal pathogens… Neither my husband nor I have gotten sick and we’re both not ‘spring chickens’. Our dog has only seen her vet once outside of a yearly check up and that was because we took her to a dog park! I’m quite sure 99% of the dogs who frequent the park are fed kibble (or the like) – makes me wonder what type of pathogens they’re shedding?!? I had a cat live 2 months shy of 19, she ate raw and never went to the vet, no vaccinations either (another BIG pet peeve of mine). I had her put to sleep because she had painful, crippling arthritis (who wouldn’t at over 100 in human years?) not because she was ‘ill’.
    I don’t see anywhere in this article that speaks about how harmful carbohydrates are for dogs and cats yet kibble is loaded with them. You don’t see wolves (or starving dogs) raiding people’s gardens or orchards – a starving wolf/dog would rather seek out roadkill!
    The veterinarians who speak out against raw feeding have almost zero knowledge about nutrition as what’s taught about nutrition could literally fill a thimble. They also have a to make a living and between the mark up on the garbage food they peddle and your sick pets (from eating non-species appropriate diets) they do very well.
    The bottom line is, veterinarians and Big Pharma don’t make money from well pets, of course they’ll condemned anything that takes money out of their pockets.


    • As I emphasized in my piece – it is your right and your decision whether you want to take that risk.

      I still stand by the opinion – which is science-based, that raw meat and poultry are usually contaminated with pathogenic bacteria – whether intended for human consumption or animal consumption.

      I’ll ask you this – would you feed raw meat – contaminated with pathogens to a young child?

      If you want to take that risk – it’s entirely up to you.


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  7. This article is hilarious! I had been feeding raw pet food to my cats for years until the company went out of business after the FDA forced them to recall all the food they had on the market! This was because they found a pathogen under the screw, on one of their machines. It was in an area that didn’t even come in contact with their food.

    Not once has anyone in our house fallen sick from E. Coli, Salmonella, Listeria, etc.. That’s beacause we know how to clean things, including our hands! People handle raw meat that they cook for themselves, all the time but you don’t see the USDA recalling food everytime they find ANY contaminants on the machines that factories use to process human grade meat! The FDA made a company recall ALL of the food they had on the market, over a pathogen, under a screw! Not one customer ever complained about it making their pets sick! Not one. How is that not a zero tolerance policy!?

    You give the example of dry pet food being recalled before 2008. How about an actual recent comparison? Those numbers are over ten years old! Additionally, all animals shed pathogens, even humans but, no one is eating their pets feces! At least, I would hope not. As long as you keep litter boxes clean, handle them and fecal matter with disposable gloves and regularly disinfect the litter pans along with the surfaces in your home and wash your hands, the risk is minimal. Also, pets can be carriers of pathogens and never exhibit symptoms until they have other health issues.

    Is raw food safe for pets? Well, since I have a cat that’s about to turn 19 years old, that was fed raw food exclusively since 2012 (which also got her off of insulin, back to a healthy weight and cured her IBD symptoms) I think that’s pretty good evidence of just how safe it is. I would feed raw over dry kibble (that caused her diabetes and IBD, in the first place) any day.


    • You are entitled to your opinion. However, the FDA will recall any product – whether for humans or animals, cooked or raw – if the manufacturing facility is found to contain foodborne pathogens.

      Regarding your opinion that raw food is safe, I worry that animals that show no sign of illness are shedding bacteria in the environment without practicing good hygiene or sufficiently cleaning the environment.

      As long as you don’t have small children, pregnant, immune compromised, or elderly people in your home it might be OK. However, it is important to remember the same caution applies to the animals in your home as well.

      I do agree that kibble is not a food I would feed, particularly a cat.


      • An interesting debate. However, Melissa, I’d suggest other reasons than a specific brand of raw food other than the one you had been using would likely be the main factor for an elderly cat with many comorbidity issues. The situation you describe simply doesn’t align with scientific averages. I’d suggest also that your comparison to dry kibble is flawed, since yes, I agree, it was probably jammed with reasons it would be “unhealthy” not only to yours, but any domestic cat.

        I wonder why, as you seem educated on the topic, your holistic vet wouldn’t have suggested adding a broad, quality pre/probiotic supplement to support a better transition to a different brand. After all, as you know, bacteria that would not be needed to digest the brand you had been using would simply have died off… any switch you made would have likely provoked a bad response. That’s no different than taking a dog home from a shelter, and making him sick when you give him a steak as a welcome home gesture.

        Mollie offers a reasonable analysis based within both a scientific and real-world framework.

        You likewise, make some reasonable assertions, however, I note that in one remark you insist that changing brands from the one you used “ended up costing her life,” then later you describe her death as a relief from debilitating arthritis. You then write that the cat is “just shy of 19” and I’m frankly confused as to whether she’s alive or not. I’m not nitpicking and realize your intensity may be a reason for a typo or two.

        BTW, the quality of pet foods, whether processed or not, and independent of cost, continues to decline. That’s ordinary common sense.


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  11. Is it true that one reason there have been so many recalls is because pet food now has a ZERO tolerance for those bacteria and for human food has a 1.5 % ?


    • No, the FDA regulations as far as pathogenic bacteria is the same for human and animal food. However, the FDA has stricter guidelines than the USDA does, primarily because the FDA regulates finished food. Whereas, the USDA regulates, primarily raw meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy – not pet food (raw or otherwise).



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