FDA Issues Warning About Possible Salmonella in Some Pig Ear Dog Treats

The CDC reported it and the FDA are investigating an outbreak of salmonella across 13 states- and it's linked to contact with pig ear dog treats

MDARD is working cooperatively with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on an investigation of Salmonella possibly linked to pig ears.

File image of a Labradoodle dog, a mix between a Labrador and a Poodle.

Those states are California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. The CDC says dogs don't always show that they're not feeling well with a salmonella infection, but they usually have diarrhea and may have blood or mucus in their stool.

People have become infected both when coming into contact with dogs that ate pig ear treats and after touching pig ear treats, according to the CDC. They have identified some strains in the treats, but it is unclear whether those are the same strains causing the infection.

Pet Supplies Plus advised customers who purchased the recalled pig ear treats to discard them.

Only the outbreak associated with this dainty, affected 45 people in 13 States.

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A dozen of those sickened had to be hospitalized, officials said.

"Epidemiologic evidence indicates that contact with pig ear dog treats is the likely source of this outbreak", the agency stated.

Illustration of Salmonella bacteria. Iowa has the highest number of ill people (12), while MI and NY follow behind with 7 and 6, respectively.

"Officials from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development gathered pig ear dog treats at retail locations where ill people reported buying the products".

"Bulk pig ears were distributed to Pet Supplies Plus stores in 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". Infected animals can also shed Salmonella through their feces and saliva, spreading pathogens into the home environment and to humans and other animals in the household. The CDC is telling the public to exercise common sense and precautions around their dogs and treats, including washing hands with soap and water after handling any food and treats, storing these items away from human food, and using a clean item to scoop food.

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