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Recall Linked to Dog Treats Expands

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This story was updated on Aug. 20 with the recall of Chef Toby Pig Ears Treats and Aug 1, 2019, with an expanded recall and new numbers on reported illnesses.

July 5, 2019 -- A recall linked to pig ear dog treats has expanded.

The CDC reports a total of 127 people in 33 states have been diagnosed with salmonella-related illnesses after coming in contact with pig ear dog treats. Twenty-six people have been hospitalized, and no deaths have been reported. Twenty-four of the illnesses have been from children under the age of 5. 

While the FDA and CDC are still investigating,  Lennox Intl of Edison, NJ, has recalled its bulk pig ear product, Pig Ear Treats. They were shipped to retail stores nationwide from Nov. 1, 2018 to July 3, 2019. The company says it is aware of people becoming ill after they said they purchased Lennox brand treats. 

The recalled products include six-pack "Premium Natural Pig Ears Smoked Flavor," and individually sold, shrink-wrapped "Premium Natural Pig Ears."

On Aug. 16, Dog Goods USA LLC recalled Chef Toby Pig Ears Treats because of possible salmonella health risk. The lot codes of the products involved are listed here.

Salmonella can sicken animals that eat the products, and humans are at risk, too, if they touch them, especially if they don’t wash their hands afterward.

Salmonella can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, stomach cramping, and fever. In more serious, yet rare cases, salmonella can cause blood infections, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract infections.

Pets with salmonella infections may be sluggish and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

Pet Supplies Plus says Michigan health officials discovered the problem. “We have pulled bulk pig ear product from the shelves at all of our stores and have stopped shipping bulk pig ears from our distribution center. We are working with the FDA as they continue their investigation as to what caused the reported salmonella-related illnesses,” the company says in a statement.

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on July 05, 2019

Sources

FDA.gov: “Pet Supplies Plus Issues Consumer Advisory for Bulk Pig Ear Product FDA Investigating Contaminated Pig Ear Treats Connecting to Salmonella.”

CDC.gov: “Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Infections Linked to Contact with Pig Ear Dog Treats.”

FDA.gov: "Dog Goods USA LLC To Conduct A Voluntary Recall of Chef Toby Pig Ears Treats Because of Possible Salmonella Health Risk."

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