Pig ear dog treats recalled over salmonella concerns

CDC says 93 people and two dogs in 27 states, including Georgia, have become sick with salmonella linked to pig ears

The Food & Drug Administration announces another recall for pig ear dog treats. Lennox International Inc. in New Jersey is voluntarily recalling its Natural Pig ears. The dog treats have a potential to be contaminated with salmonella. There are now 93 people in 27 states infected with salmonella from pig ears, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The recalled products were shipped nationwide, and Lennox is aware of two dogs becoming ill because of the pig ears.

The second recall in a month has been issued for pig ear dog treats.

The latest is a voluntary recall by Lennox International Inc. for its Natural Pig Ears because they might be contaminated with salmonella, posing a risk to both humans and dogs.

The recalled products where shipped to nationwide distributors and/or retail stores from May 1 to July 3, 2019.

The product comes in an eight-count branded pouch under UPC 742174 995163 or 742174994166, or individually shrink-wrapped under UPC 0385384810 or742174P35107. All UPC codes are on the front label of the package.

Lennox said it was aware of two dogs who had become ill because of the pig ears.

At least 93 people in 27 states, including one person in Georgia, are now infected with salmonella linked to pig ears, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twenty people have been hospitalized.

Most of those illnesses are linked to the first recall, issued July 3. That recall involved Pet Supplies Plus' bulk pig ear products supplied to many locations by several vendors.

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The CDC advises the following for 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?

FDA encourages consumers to report complaints about pet food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portalexternal icon.

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 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 hand-washing for young children.

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