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  1. Biological, Chemical, and Physical Contaminants in Animal Food

Physical Hazards

Physical hazards are broadly classified as sharp hazards, choking hazards, and conditions of animal food hazards such as size and hardness. Injuries from physical hazards may include oral cavity damage (e.g., tooth damage or laceration of the mouth or throat), laceration or perforation of the gastrointestinal tract, and choking.

In addition, filth (feces, bug parts, etc.) may also be considered a physical hazard. However, if the contaminant can be a vector for a biological pathogen, CVM would address filth as a biological hazard.

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