The risk of your dog, or you, becoming ill from salmonella or some other bacteria is small because of where our ingredients come from, and how we handle them. It is no more risky than than the meat you prepare for yourself or your family now.
FRESH is NOT manufactured in a large processing plant in who-knows-where that uses waste from the human food industry, or meats that are not USDA inspected and approved for human consumption (likely the reason that these large commercial pet food manufacturers have so many recalls). We are different. We make our food in an approved kitchen in small batches to maintain quality and freshness, freeze it immediately, and we follow safe handling precautions for raw meat just as we always have, and so should you.
That said, if you are hesitant about feeding raw food to your dog, read what these veterinarians have to say about it, then decide. If it still makes you uncomfortable, lightly cook the food. It is still better than feeding a totally processed commercial diet.
“The presence of bacteria in raw food often worries pet owners and vets. They assume the bacteria which are normally present in these foods, will make pets sick. In our long experience of feeding our own pets this way over 40 years, and literally thousands of clients doing the same (over 25 years), we find this fear to be groundless.” - Dr. Billinghurst
“One concern often cited with the above two methods (he is referring to Dr. Billinghurst’s raw feeding methods in his article published in the 2012 winter issue of “Integrative Veterinary Care”) is the possible contamination of the food with pathogenic bacteria and/or parasites. Raw meat products for human or animal consumption are loaded with pathogenic bacteria that are killed when the meat is cooked. Serving these meats raw would appear to pose a danger to pets and their human companions. In my opinion, this danger is overblown. In one recent study, 33% of dry dog food samples and 8% of canned dog food samples tested positive for non-type specific E. coli, and 4% of canned food samples tested positive for cryptosporidium. Another report found up to 36% of healthy dogs and up to 18% of healthy cats shed salmonella in their stool. Decades of feeding raw meat diets shows fewer problems than commercial foods with their frequent recalls.” - Dr. Knueven
“Let’s talk about using raw foods for animals. By this I mean feeding uncooked food as much as possible. Some things, like grains and some vegetables, will have to be cooked to be digestible, but meat, poultry , fish, dairy, eggs, soft vegetables, and fruits can all be fed raw with great benefit.
The living testimony exemplified in the many people and animals who thrive on diets that include plenty of fresh raw vegetables, fruits, dairy products, and other foods is enough to convince me that a diet of cooked foods alone will not maintain your pets in top-notch condition. Moreover, clinical experience over the last 27 years confirms this. The difference in many animals given a home-prepared, raw food diet after eating processed food most of their lives is nothing short of amazing.” - Dr. Pitcairn
All of that said, if your dog is sick, take him or her to your vet!