Researchers sound bacteria warning over raw meat diet

The feeding of raw meat to dogs poses “a significant zoonotic threat” because of the potential for spreading antibiotic resistant forms of Escherichia colia new study has suggested. Scientists at the University of Bristol said they hope their research will help raise wider public awareness of the risks associated with the dietary program. In response, … Read more

More work needed to address raw diet questions, says scientist

Further research into the claimed benefits of raw meat diets for dogs is needed, according to one of the scientists behind a new study comparing raw and non-raw regimes. The latest paper by academics from the University of Liverpool reopened the debate about which feeding program is best for pets. The study, published in the … Read more

Research links raw meat diets to higher presence of bacteria

A study has found Salmonella and antibiotic ‑ resistant forms of Escherichia coli are more commonly present in dogs fed raw meat diets, compared to those that are not. Scientists from the University of Liverpool analyzed nearly 200 faecal samples for the study, which has been published in the Journal of Small Animal Practice. And … Read more

Tackling Salmonella hidden in dairy herds

The practice where the author works offers free quarterly bulk milk antibody screening to all of its dairy clients for Salmonella groups B and D, among other diseases. This is a useful tool to help understand herd’s disease status, often prompting further investigation. As a practice, it wanted to proactively monitor the disease status of … Read more

Temporary OV registration continues to avoid ‘cliff edge’

Temporary registration of non-UK qualified European vets to provide meat hygiene controls in England and Wales will continue for a further year, RCVS council decided today (9 June). At its meeting of full council, members voted overwhelmingly to a Food Standards Agency (FSA) request to continue the scheme and avoid a “cliff edge” situation that … Read more

Johne’s disease testing service launches

A new testing service for Johne’s disease in herds has been launched by PBD Biotech. The company said the service, which uses the Actiphage diagnostic test, will allow farmers to find out if they have Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP) – the bacteria that causes the disease – in bulk milk or blood samples within … Read more