The CDC has expanded its investigation to 27 states regarding the outbreak of human Salmonella infections because of contaminated bulk pig ear dog treats.
According to the CDC website, as of July 16th, 93 people have been infected with one of 3 genetic strains of the salmonella bacteria found on the bulk pig ear dog treats (from 27 states) and twenty people have been hospitalized. The CDC labels these infections as “multidrug-resistant.” Since it takes 2-4 weeks for a person to become ill (with diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps) after handling a contaminated pig ear, not all illnesses may have yet been reported.
Those at the greatest risk include children under the age of 5, adults 65 years and older and those with weakened immune systems.
In addition, infected pets can carry and infect other animals and humans.
Pet Supplies Plus has issued a recall to over 400 retail stores in 33 states for bulk pig ears (dog treats).
The recall only includes bulk pig ears stocked in open bins. Prepackaged branded pig ears are not included in this recall.
The recall was issued after testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed the presence of Salmonella.
The States Included in the PSP Recall
The recall involves 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.
ALSO … An Investigation
On July 3rd, the FDA (together with the CDC) announced an investigation of contaminated pig ear dog treats that may be connected to human, drug-resistant Salmonella infections that have sickened 45 people in 13 states with 12 patients hospitalized from coming into contact with the contaminated pig ears.
The recall may or may not be related.
What You Should Know About Salmonella
Salmonella poses a risk to animals ingesting the affected product (including dogs and cats) and humans. Pets infected with salmonella may display symptoms including:
- Lethargy and shock;
- Diarrhea (which may last up to 3-4 weeks or longer);
- Weight Loss;
- Dehydration; and
- Mucus and/or blood in the stool.
People infected with salmonella can also have:
- Fever; and
- Abdominal cramps.
For some people, their diarrhea may be severe enough to require hospitalization.
What to do Next
Consumers should immediately stop feeding any recalled pig ears and discard them in a secure container where stray animals or wildlife cannot access them. Consumers who have further questions are welcome to contact Pet Supplies Plus Neighbor Service team at 734-793-6564 between Monday and Friday 9 am to 4 pm ET (excluding holidays).
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