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Duane Ekedahl, president of the Pet Food Institute, a manufacturers' trade group, said the public should not be unduly worried about pet food as a source of salmonella.
"Companies are very vigilant and in rare occasions when it occurs, products are pulled off the market," he said.
The study authors advise pediatricians to ask about contact with pets at doctor visits and when evaluating infectious disease symptoms.
To reduce infection risks at home, they also recommend:
Washing hands after contact with pets, pet food and pet bowls.
Routinely cleaning pet food bowls and feeding areas.
Keeping children younger than age 5 away from pet food and feeding areas.
Cleaning pets' food and water dishes in a separate sink or tub, not in the kitchen or bathtub.
Avoiding bathing infants in the kitchen sink.
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