Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Pet Supplies Plus recalls pig ear treats over salmonella risk

Pet Supplies Plus recalls pig ear treats over salmonella risk

The CDC announcement Friday comes as the agency is investigating a multistate outbreak of salmonella infections that has sickened 71 people in eight states since January 14. Iowa has the highest number of ill people (12), while MI and NY follow behind with 7 and 6, respectively.

Pet Supplies Plus is recalling bulk pig ear treats at stores in more than 30 states - including Georgia - because of potential salmonella contamination. Prepackaged branded pig ears are not part of the recall.

Consumers whose pets have consumed the recalled products and exhibit symptoms of salmonella infection should contact their veterinarians.

Of the 38 infected people interviewed by the CDC, 34 said they had come into contact with a dog prior to contracting the illness.

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development has taken samples of the dog treats in question and identified some strains of the salmonella bacteria, however, officials from the health department say it is still unclear if those particular strains are responsible for causing the outbreak. The CDC says it has not confirmed that any of the people who have become sick bought pig ear treats at Pet Supplies Plus, although 12 people have been hospitalized.

Salmonella infections can cause diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal cramps.

For more information, visit the CDC's website here.

The FDA and regulatory officials in several states collected records from grocery stores where ill people reported buying papayas. According to the CDC, dogs with salmonella infection don't always look sick, but may seem more exhausted than usual, have a fever or vomit.

The CDC recommends that people always wash hands when handling pet food or treats, store pet food away from human food, and never let pets lick mouths, faces or open wounds. However, infected dogs "usually have diarrhea that may contain blood or mucus", per the federal health agency.

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