Friday, December 6, 2019

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Dog Treats Expands

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On July 3, 2019, Pet Supplies Plus recalled bulk pig ears stocked in open bins because they might be contaminated with Salmonella.

Since the inital recall, the outbreak has expanded. To date 93 human cases of salmonella have been reported in 27 states, most of which officials think are connected to the contaminated dog treats, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At least 20 people have been hospitalized, but no deaths have been reported, according to the CDC.

What’s Recalled?

Pig Ear Treats stocked in open bins at Pet Supplies Plus. Prepackaged branded pig ears are not included in this recall.

Because the bulk pig ear dog treats were sold in open bins, the company provided the following image of the related in-store sign.

The treats were sold at Pet Supplies Plus stores in 33 states: 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.

The CDC and the FDA did not provide information on how many pets have fallen ill after eating the treats.

Dog owners shouldn’t feed the pig ear treats to their dogs and throw them out inside a closed container to prevent other animals from eating them.

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.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.

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