Pet food recalls on the rise, which is bad for you, bad for your pet

dog food recalls salmonella
dog food recalls salmonella

With food poisoning on center stage recently, from E.coli at Taco Bell to salmonella at Subway, the latest trend in bacteria-carrying edibles has been in pet food that can sicken anyone who handles it -- and pets, too. Dry pet food has been a particular problem.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration attributes the rise in pet food recalls, including a major recall by Procter & Gamble's Iams and Eukanuba brands, to better reporting and better follow-through by the agency.

Salmonella bacteria infections affect pets and people in similar ways -- symptoms include fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain -- and can be easily passed from animal to people.