On July 3, Pets Supplies Plus recalled bulk pig ear dog treats due to a potential risk of Salmonella contamination.
The recalled pig ears were sold in open bulk bins at stores in 33 states, including: AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI and WV.
The recall was issued after at least 45 people were infected with Salmonella, including 12 people who were hospitalized, between November 2018 and June 2019, according to the outbreak investigation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Health officials in Michigan bought pig ear dog treats at stores where sick people reported buying the products. The pig ears tested positive for Salmonella, but not the strain linked to the outbreak.
The CDC warns that a common supplier of pig ear treats in this outbreak has not been identified. Pet owners should take steps to reduce their risk of Salmonella infection from pig ear dog treats.
Tips to stay healthy 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 children.
- 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 containers.
- 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 skin.
- 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.
- Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching unpackaged pet treats, such as food or treats in bulk bins.
Take extra care around 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 handwashing for young children
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 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.