Dry pet food linked to human salmonella outbreak

Dozens of toddlers got sick from salmonella infections after food was prepared in the same area as dry dog and cat food, health officials say.

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in this week's issue of the journal Pediatrics that an outbreak of salmonella in 79 people between January 2006 and Octuber 2008 was caused by contaminated dry pet food. The infections struck 32 children age 2 or younger and are the first known human salmonella cases linked to dry dog and cat food.