Pets may be asymptomatic carriers of Salmonella, a harmful foodborne pathogen, and consequently, humans may be contaminated through close contact with pet feces. From both a public health and a veterinary viewpoint, controlling Salmonella in pets and their food is of high importance. Consumer education about handling and storing pet food, as well as cleaning up after pets, has been the primary means for combatting Salmonella infections.
Pet food that is coated with the products of this technology may prevent the contamination of the food, and in turn, prevent pets from becoming Salmonella carriers.
Reference Number: D-1381
Food and animal feed industries
Features, Benefits, & Advantages:
Reduces food borne pathogen in food/feed
Increased shelf life for food/feed
A US provisional patent, serial number 62594808, was filed on 12/5/17.
Development Stage: The method has been developed and tested.
Mindy Brashears, Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Kendra Nightingale, Animal and Food Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Keywords: Food borne pathogens, pet kibble, pet food, animal feed, salmonella