Cause: Potential for salmonella contamination
Announcement: FDA announcements dated July 3, 2019 (archived here), July 26, 2019 (archived here); July 30, 2019 (archived here); Aug. 16, 2019 (archived here); Aug. 27, 2019 (archived here); and Sept. 3, 2019 (archived here)
What was recalled: The following 5 brands of pig ear dog treats:
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.
- Lennox Premium Natural Pig Ears, 8-pack bundles, with UPC code 742174995163 or 742174994166
- Lennox Premium Natural Pig Ears, individually shrink-wrapped, with UPC code 0385384810 or 742174P35107 (may not have the Lennox brand name on the label)
The Lennox pig ears were shipped to distributors and retail stores across the country from Nov. 1, 2018, to July 3, 2019. Lennox Intl Inc. says it’s aware of at least 2 dog illnesses and “several” human illnesses that have been caused by salmonella contamination.
3. Chef Toby
- Chef Toby Pig Ears Treats with the following lot codes: 428590, 278989, 087148, 224208, 1168723, 428590, 222999, 074599, 1124053, 226884, 578867, 224897, 1234750, 444525, 1106709, 215812, 230273, 224970, 585246, 327901, 052248, 210393, 217664, 331199, 225399, 867680, 050273, 881224, 424223, 225979, 431724, 226340, 880207 or 334498
The Chef Toby pig ears were distributed by Dog Goods USA LLC to various retailers across the United States between September 2018 and August 2019.
“No illnesses have been linked to the products to date,” the company says.
4. Berkley Jensen
- Berkley Jensen Pig Ears Dog Chews sold at BJ’s Wholesale Club stores in 30-count packs
These specific packs of Berkley Jensen pig ears were distributed by Dog Goods USA LLC to BJ’s Wholesale Club stores between September 2018 and August 2019. These pig ears were recalled as part of an expansion of the Chef Toby pig ears recall noted above.
“Dog Goods will continue to investigate the matter, collaborate fully with the FDA and the CDC, and provide further information to its customers and the public as appropriate,” the company stated.
5. Brutus & Barnaby
- All sizes of Brutus & Barnaby Pig Ears Natural Treats for Dogs
Brutus & Barnaby says its recalled pig ears were distributed online as well as through a health food store in Clearwater, Florida, called Nature’s Food Patch.
“Brutus & Barnaby has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem,” according to the recall announcement.
About These Pig Ear Recalls
All of these pig ear 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 88% of sick people “reported contact with a dog before getting sick,” and about 70% “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.
Consumers Advised to Avoid ALL Pig Ear Treats
In a July 31, 2019, update to its advisory, the FDA recommended that consumers not purchase any pig ear treats — regardless of whether or not the brand has been recalled.
“FDA and CDC are advising that consumers avoid all pig ear pet treats and retailers stop selling all pig ear treats at this time,” the FDA said. The CDC added that “recommendations may change as more information becomes available.”
So far, 143 people from 35 different states have fallen ill with salmonella infections.
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