Will Eating Pet Food Kill You?

It’s normal to feed our furry friends morsels from the table. But is the reversal safe? Can a human eat pet food safely? Is there any chance it could kill you?

The short answer is that pet food can be harmful to humans when it’s contaminated, according to Dana Hunnes, an assistant professor in the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and senior nutritionist at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center of UCLA. Foodborne pathogens such as salmonella and E. coli Effects on pet food, just like human food. Because of this, it’s important to follow your pet food’s storage guidelines to protect your furry friends health line (opens in new tab). For example the USA Food and drug management (opens in new tab) recommends storing dry and canned food in a cool, dry place that’s no warmer than 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

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