UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) —  Pet owners might put their own lives at risk by feeding their animals raw meat.

New research found raw meat often carries bacteria and parasites that an animal can transfer to a person through touch.

Researchers studied samples from dozens of raw meat pet foods in the Netherlands.

According to a study published in the journal Vet Record, they found potentially dangerous bacteria in 86 percent of products.

Many contained E. coli, salmonella or listeria.

The study also found parasites in a handful of products that hadn’t been frozen.

Two tested positive for a parasite linked to mental illness in cats and cat owners.

Humans can pick up many of these pathogens simply by petting an animal or letting them lick their skin.

Researchers say there’s no proof popular raw meat diets are better for pets than dry or canned foods. They urge owners to do their homework before choosing raw pet food.