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PFMA provides guidance on raw feeding in light of study from Porto University

PFMA provides guidance on raw feeding in light of study from Porto University

Whilst the products tested were selected from the Portuguese market, as this was covered in the UK press, PFMA would like to provide reassurance and guidance to UK pet owners.

PFMA provides guidance on raw feeding in light of study from Porto University

PFMA is aware of recent research from the University of Porto focusing on a potential link with raw meat diets for dogs and drug resistant bacteria in dogs.

Whilst the products tested were selected from the Portuguese market, as this was covered in the UK press, PFMA would like to provide reassurance and guidance to UK pet owners.

As with all commercially prepared pet foods, commercially prepared raw foods are subject to stringent legislation and require various tests to ensure they are safe.

Additionally, PFMA commercial raw members manufacture their diets in line with best practice guidelines, which have been developed in conjunction with Defra, the Animal Plant & Health Agency, Public Health England and the Food Standards Agency. 

While it carries no greater risk than handling fresh raw meat intended for humans, pet owners must be dedicated to good hygiene practices in the home and maintain high standards of hygiene to prevent contamination. 

Careful storage, handling and good hygiene practices when preparing and feeding a raw meat diet are vital.  We encourage owners to take the time to read our best practice tips: https://www.pfma.org.uk/raw-feeding-factsheet

It is also important to follow best practice hygiene practices when handling pets such as thoroughly washing hands before and after coming in to contact with pets, changing litter trays, not allowing pets to lick faces etc. 

Notes to editor

PFMA has 11 commercial raw companies within membership and this group has been instrumental in developing and promoting best practice in the manufacture of commercial raw diets. Ensuring safety whilst providing excellent nutrition is at the core of their work.   For a list of our commercial raw producers in membership, please visit: https://www.pfma.org.uk/raw-feeding-factsheet

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