The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have updated their respective websites regarding a multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella infections linked to pig ear dog treats. Both agencies are advising consumers not to purchase or feed any pig ear treats to pets, including any pig ear treats that may already be in their homes). The CDC and FDA are also advising that retailers stop selling all pig ear treats at this time.
Here are the links to the updated agency websites related to the outbreak:
- CDC – https://www.cdc.gov/
- FDA – https://www.fda.gov/animal-
veterinary/news-events/fda- investigates-contaminated-pig- ear-pet-treats-connected- human-salmonella-infections
- Since the last update on July 17, 2019, a total of 34 ill people have been added to this investigation.
- A total of 127 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 33 states. Of the people infected, 26 have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
- Epidemiologic, laboratory and traceback evidence indicates that contact with pig ear dog treats from many different suppliers is the likely source of this outbreak.
- No single supplier, distributor or common brand of pig ear treats has been identified that could account for all the illnesses. This is why CDC and FDA are now advising people to not buy or feed any pig ear dog treats to pets.
Advice to Pet Stores and Retailers Selling Pig Ears
- Importers, suppliers, distributors, wholesalers, and other retailers should not sell any pig ear pet treats.
- Remove pig ears from retail. This includes bulk bin and individually wrapped pig ears.
- Throw them away in secure containers so that animals cannot get to them.
- Retailers who choose not to immediately throw them away should securely and safely store packaged product until additional information is available.
- Wash and sanitize any surfaces that have come in contact with pig ears. This includes bulk bins or shelves, other storage containers, and surfaces such as counters or displays. Advise employees and customers to wash hands after handling pet treats and food.
- Additional information on specific companies supplying contaminated pig ears is not available at this time. However, information will be updated as it becomes available.
- Several companies recalled pig ear products because they might be contaminated with Salmonella. Ongoing testing of pig ears indicates that many brands of pig ears might be contaminated with Salmonella.
- On July 3, 2019, Pet Supplies Plus recalled bulk pig ears stocked in open bins because they might be contaminated with Salmonella.
- On July 26, 2019 Lennox Intl Inc recalled pig ears because they might be contaminated with Salmonella. On July 30, 2019 Lennox Intl Inc expanded the recall.
- FDA is working with impacted firms to remove pig ear treats from the marketplace and identify places where they may have been distributed.
- No single supplier, distributor or common brand of pig ear treats has been identified that could account for all the illnesses. More products could be recalled as testing identifies Salmonella.
This investigation is ongoing, and we will keep you updated if we receive additional information from CDC or FDA.