The Recalled Products Are:
1. Pet Supplies Plus
All bulk pig ear dog treats stocked in open bins, from various vendors (not prepackaged, branded pig ears)
These recalled pig ears were sold as dog treats in pet stores across the United States, as well as online.
They were distributed to Pet Supplies Plus stores in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
The Lennox pig ears were shipped to distributors and retail stores across the country from Nov. 1, 2018, to July 3, 2019. The company says it’s aware of at least 2 dog illnesses and “several” human illnesses that have been caused by salmonella contamination.
About These Pig Ear Recalls
Both of these recalls come on the heels of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory on July 3, 2019, warning consumers of the potential for bulk pig ears like these to be contaminated with salmonella.
The FDA is working alongside the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate dozens of cases of human-contracted salmonella, including hospitalizations. They suspect these cases may be connected to contaminated pig ears.
According to the CDC, about 89% of sick people “reported contact with a dog before getting sick,” and about 73% “reported contact with pig ear dog treats or with dogs who were fed pig ear dog treats.”
The FDA says it’s reaching out to “impacted firms to remove these pig ears from the marketplace and identify other places where they may have been distributed.”
A common supplier has not yet been identified. Additional pig ear recalls may be forthcoming.