This is actually one of the biggest controversies about raw feeding that is going on right now. There was a study done by a Canadian veterinarian that indicates that dogs fed a raw diet are significantly more likely to shed salmonella and e. coli than dogs fed non-raw. This study and some other inputs are the basis for Delta Society (a large organization for Pet Therapy dogs) to ban raw fed dogs from their program, citing that immuno compromised people should not be exposed to dogs shedding salmonella and e. coli.
There are plenty of responses around the internet attacking the study, but the little I've read are finger pointing in another direction to take the focus off the raw diets "well look at all the dry food recalls for salmonella" or "the number of dogs in the study isn't statistically valid". Yes, the dry foods have been recalled, but that doesn't mean that home created raw diets are a better solution, especially because there really is no way to know just how many pets are shedding pathogens. What the responses lack are any data at all to refute the claims of the study.
Personally, I don't think there's enough information to really draw any conclusions. But the information that is available is enough to make me err on the side of caution and not feed raw if a family member were immuno compromised.
This is the study in question:
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