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FDA Advises Retailers Not To Sell Any Pig Ear Dog Treats And Consumers Not To Purchase Or Feed Pig Ears

CDC Announces Investigation To Salmonella Infections Linked To Contact With Pig Ear Dog Treats

July 17, 2019 - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it's investigation into an outbreak of Salmonella infections due to contaminated pig ears dog treats expanding to 27 states. There are now 93 reported cases.

July 3, the FDA was investigating this and Pet Supplies Plus initiated the recall of the pig ears.

Here is the info from the CDC:

Latest Outbreak Information
At A Glance
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  • Since the last update on July 3, 2019, 48 ill people and three additional Salmonella serotypes have been added to this investigation. Additional Salmonella serotypes include Infantis, London, and Newport.
  • A total of 93 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 27 states.
    • Twenty ill people have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
  • Epidemiologic evidence indicates that contact with pig ear dog treats is the likely source of this outbreak.
    • In interviews, 63 (90%) of 70 ill people reported contact with a dog before getting sick.
      • Of 49 people with available information, 34 (69%) reported contact with pig ear dog treats or with dogs who were fed pig ear dog treats.

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  • On July 3, 2019, Pet Supplies Plus recalled bulk pig ears stocked in open bins because they might be contaminated with Salmonella.
  • Do not feed recalled pig ears to your dog. Throw them away in a secure container so that your pets and other animals can’t eat them.
  • Even if some of the recalled pig ears were fed to your dog and no one got sick, do not continue to feed them to your dog.
    • Wash containers, shelves, and areas that held the recalled pig ear dog treats with hot, soapy water.
  • A common supplier of pig ear treats in this outbreak has not been identified. Pet owners can take steps to keep their families healthy while feeding pets.
  • This investigation is ongoing, and CDC will provide updates when more information is available.
Advice to Dog Owners
  • How do I know if my dog has Salmonella infection?
    • Some dogs may have Salmonella infection but may not look sick. Dogs with a Salmonella infection usually have diarrhea that may contain blood. 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.
  • How can I report my dog’s illness if I think its related to pig ears?
  • Shop safely
    • Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching unpackaged dog food or treats, including pig ears in bulk bins or on store shelves.
  • Tips to stay healthy while feeding your dog
    • Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water right after handling dog food or treats, including pig ears.
    • When possible, store dog food and treats away from where human food is stored or prepared and away from the reach of young children.
    • Don’t use your dog’s food bowl to scoop food. Use a clean, dedicated scoop, spoon, or cup.
    • Always follow any storage instructions on dog food bags or containers.
  • Play safely after your dog eats
    • Don’t let your dog lick your mouth or face after it eats food or treats.
    • Don’t let your dog lick any open wounds or areas with broken skin.
    • If you do play with your dog after it has just eaten, wash your hands and any part of your body it licked with soap and water.
  • Take extra care around young children
    • Children younger than 5 years old should not touch or eat dog 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 handwashing for young children.
  • See our Pet Food Safety Infographic for more tips on staying healthy while caring for pets.
Symptoms of Salmonella Infection
  • Most people infected with Salmonella develop diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria.
  • The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment.
  • In some people, the illness may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body.
  • Children younger than 5 years, adults 65 years and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.

Map is current as of July 16, 2019 - People infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella by state of residence (93).

Map of salmonella cases in pig ears investigation www.HealthyPetPeeps.com

State Ill People
Alabama 1
Arizona 1
California 1
Colorado 2
Florida 2
Georgia 1
Hawaii 1
Illinois 6
Indiana 4
Iowa 18
Kansas 3
Kentucky 4
Louisiana 1
Massachusetts 4
Michigan 9
Minnesota 1
Missouri 5
New York 11
North Carolina 1
North Dakota 1
Ohio 5
Oregon 2
Pennsylvania 3
South Carolina 1
Utah 1
Washington 1
Wisconsin 3
Total 93

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