(WFXR) — Pet Supplies Plus has recalled their pig ear product as the FDA and CDC investigate potentially contaminated treats linked to Salmonella.
The CDC is reporting 45 cases of human infection in 13 states. 12 people have been hospitalized.
Michigan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Development tested pig ear samples from stores where infected individuals reported purchasing the dog treats. Samples were negative for the specific outbreak strain, but were positive for Salmonella London, Salmonella Typhimurium, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella Infantis.
Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. Pets may not always show symptoms, but could have vomiting, diarrhea, fever, loss of appetite, and/or decreased activity level.
Salmonella can make pets sick, and people who handle contaminated pet products can also be exposed to the bacteria.
The FDA suggests practicing good hygiene when handling these treats by:
- Monitoring pets with treats
- Storing the treat when your pet is finished playing
- Keep treats away from children
- Clean areas where the treat came into contact
- Wash hands
- Don’t allow your pet to lick anyone or any surfaces
Pet Supplies Plus sells bulk pig ears to stores in Virginia. Bulk pig ears are stocked in open bins. Prepackaged branded pig ears are not part of the recall.