RECALL: CDC Expands Pig Ear Treats Recall to 27 States Amid Salmonella Outbreak

The Centers
for Disease Control (CDC
) announced this weekend that they are
expanding a recall on pig ear dog treats that have
been linked to an outbreak of multi-drug resistant Salmonella in
the United States.

On July 3, 2019, retailer Pet Supplies Plus announced a recall
of the pig ear dog treats they carried and stocked in bulk in open
bins. At the time, 45 cases of a multi-drug resistant strain of
Salmonella were reported across 13 states, with 12 people becoming
hospitalized, and no deaths. A link was made to pig ear dog treats
after 34 of the 45 people found to be sick reported having contact
with a dog in the days leading up to their illness.

On July 17, the CDC expanded it’s recall to include 14 more
states and three more strains of Salmonella.

That’s now 93 reported cases across 27
. According to a
company announcement from Pet Supplies Plus
, the bulk pig ears
were distributed to stores in 33 states.

A total of 20 people have been hospitalized so far, but
thankfully, there are still no deaths reported. According to new
information, 63 of 70 people interviewed reported having contact
with a dog before getting sick, and 34 of 49 who could report
information said they had contact with the pig ear treats or a dog
who had been fed those treats. The CDC reports that the outbreak
could be difficult to treat, as tested samples taken from those
infected have been found to be resistant to antibotics that are
commonly used to treat Salmonella.

If you have any of the recalled treats in your
, the CDC insists that you do not feed them to your
dog, even if you had already fed some and no one appeared to get
sick. Throw them out in a secure bin where your pets and other
animals cannot reach them. Any containers, shelves, or counters
where the treats may have been stored should be washed with hot,
soapy water.

If you think you or your dog may be infected with Salmonella,
see your doctor or veterinarian right away.

Though the CDC is confident that the outbreak is due to pig ear
dog treats sold in stores, a common supplier still has not been

From July 3, 2019:

Issues Warning: Human Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Pig Ear Dog

45 people in 13 different states have come down with a multi
drug-resistant strain of Salmonella. 12 have been hospitalized, but
as yet there have been no deaths.

A link was made to pig ear dog treats after 34 people reported
having contact with a dog prior to getting sick.

Officials from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural
Development gathered pig ear dog treats from retail locations where
ill people reported buying the products. The exact outbreak strain
was not identified, but other strains of Salmonella were.

Investigators from the CDC and FDA are looking into the
additional strains. Although the sampled retailers have removed pig
ears from their shelves, no common supplier has yet been

The CDC will provide updates if/when more information becomes
available. In the meantime, they recommend dog owners take the

While Feeding Your Dog

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water right
    after handling pet food or treats, including pig ears.
  • When possible, store pet food and treats away from where human
    food is stored or prepared and away from the reach of young
  • Don’t use your pet’s feeding bowl to scoop food. Use a
    clean, dedicated scoop, spoon, or cup.
  • Always follow any storage instructions on pet food bags or

Play Safely

  • Don’t let your pet lick your mouth or face after it eats pet
    food or treats.
  • Don’t let your pet lick any open wounds or areas with broken
  • If you do play with your pet after it has just eaten, wash your
    hands and any part of your body it licked with soap and water.

Shop Safely

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after
    touching unpackaged pet treats, such as food or treats in bulk

Take Extra Care With Young Children

  • Children younger than 5 years old should not touch or eat pet
    food or treats.
  • Young children are at risk for illness because their immune
    systems are still developing and because they are more likely than
    others to put their fingers or other items into their mouths.
  • Adults should supervise hand washing for young children

How To Tell If Your Dog Has A Salmonella Infection

  • Some dogs may have Salmonella infection but not look sick.
    Dogs with a Salmonella infection usually have diarrhea that may
    contain blood or mucus. Affected animals may seem more tired than
    usual, and may have a fever or vomit.
  • If your dog or cat has these signs of illness or you are
    concerned that your pet may have Salmonella infection, please
    contact your pet’s veterinarian.

Learn more about Pet Food Safety here

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RECALL: CDC Expands Pig Ear Treats Recall to 27 States Amid Salmonella Outbreak