The Queensland Government has warned pet owners about a new breed of food poisoning that could affect people who eat their pets.
The Qld Government has confirmed that the pet food poisoning problem is now at the centre of a “multi-state investigation”.
The issue has now been brought to Queensland’s attention by Health and Environment Minister David Bird.
It is a multi-state outbreak and the Department of Health and the Health and Environmental Protection Agency have been assisting with the investigation.
Dr Bird said the investigation would be a “long and thorough process”.
“We are continuing to track the progress of the investigation and continue to advise on any potential exposures that may be coming into contact with pets,” he said.
“Our priority is to make sure all affected pet owners are fully informed of the best possible steps to protect themselves and their pets.”
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is also investigating the issue and is also sharing any findings with the State Government.
“It is not uncommon for a number of cases of pet food contamination to be identified in one area,” a spokeswoman said.
Dr Rosanna Wylie said a new outbreak was emerging in Queensland and Queensland is now a “primary focus” for the investigation into the food poisoning.
“This new strain is believed to be the most common type of food contamination that people are encountering in the state, she said.
The Department is urging pet owners to take steps to reduce the risk of food-borne illness, including avoiding all pet food and pet treats, washing their hands thoroughly and eating only the freshest food.
It said anyone who has had a pet with food-related illness or a health problem is asked to contact their local veterinarian.
The ABC has contacted Queensland’s Department of Public Health for comment.
There are some very important steps that people can take to protect their pets,” she said, adding pet owners should check the labels of their pet’s food and other pet food to make certain it comes from a reputable source.