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Raw dog food recalled over presence of Salmonella
Pet owners are being advised to stop using the products.

Pet owners advised against using the products

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has issued a product recall alert for Happy Hounds frozen raw dog food products owing to the presence of Salmonella.

The recall affects the following products:

Product name Batch code Best before
Frozen chicken & beef sleeve dog food 1KG 1205 3 September 2020
Frozen chicken mince sleeve dog food 1KG 1205 3 September 2020
Frozen chicken mince dog food 2.5KG (bag of 4) 1205 3 September 2020


In a statement, the FSA said: ‘Salmonella is a bacterium that can cause illness in humans and animals. The product could, therefore, carry a potential risk because of the presence of Salmonella, either through direct handling of the pet food or indirectly, for example from pet feeding bowls, utensils or contact with the faeces of animals.

‘In humans, symptoms caused by Salmonella usually include fever, diarrhoea and abdominal cramps. Infected animals may not necessarily display signs of illness, but symptoms can include diarrhoea.’


The FSA said that point of sale notices will be displayed in all retail stores that are selling these products. Pet owners are being advised to stop using them and to return them to the shop where they were bought for a full refund.

‘When handling and serving raw pet food it is always advised to clean utensils and feeding bowls thoroughly after use,’ the FSA added.
Consumers should wash hands thoroughly after handling raw pet food, bowls, utensils or after contact with the faeces of animals.

'Raw pet food should be stored separately from any food (especially ready to eat foods). Care should be taken when defrosting to avoid cross-contamination of foods and surfaces.’

 

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Celebrity chefs urge public to get baking to support Cats Protection fundraiser

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 In support of Cats Protection's Pawsome Afternoon Tea fundraiser, Masterchef winner Tim Anderson and Great British Bake Off star Kim-Joy have shared biscuit recipes to help keen bakers raise money for needy cats across April.

The celebrity chefs are both cat owners and have said that they hope this fundraiser will help to raise awareness of cats in need and the importance of adopting a cat, rather than buying one.

This is the fourth year Cats Protection has run its Pawsome Afternoon Tea campaign, which encourages people to hold tea parties, bake sales and fundraising events to help raise money for the charity.

To view the recipes and other fundraising resources please visit the Cats Protection website. 

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BEVA offering free membership to vet students

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is offering free membership to veterinary students. As part of a new initiative with the aim of encouraging more veterinary professionals into equine practice.

According to BEVA, less than one in ten veterinary students choose to work in equine practice. The association hopes that this initiative will provide insight into the field and the benefits of a career in equine medicine.

Benefits of membership include:
▪ access to a network of nearly 3,000 members
▪ special student rates to attend BEVA Congress
▪ online access to BEVA's Equine Veterinary Education (EVE) journal
▪ free access to the association's online learning platform
▪ free access to BEVA's practical veterinary apps
▪ exclusive discounts on a range of things from cinema tickets to grocery shopping.

BEVA will be releasing a series of short videos over the next few months from BEVA Council members, explaining what inspired them to work in equine practice.

Image (c) BEVA.