Salmonella outbreak tied to pig-ear dog treats sickens 12 people

Galtero Lara
Julio 8, 2019

The CDC reported Wednesday that it and the Food and Drug Administration are investigating an outbreak of salmonella across 13 states - and it's linked to contact with pig ear dog treats. Iowa has the highest number of ill people (12), while MI and NY follow behind with 7 and 6, respectively.

Retailer Pet Supplies Plus has recalled bulk pig ear treats sold in its stores.

The company said a pig ear tested positive for salmonella at one of its MI stores, so it pulled the product from all stores and stopped shipping it.

The bulk pig ear product was distributed to all Pet Supplies Plus locations by different vendors.

"Of 24 people with available information, 17 (71 percent) reported contact with pig ear dog treats or with dogs who were fed pig ear dog treats", the federal agency said.

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The FDA and CDC are still working together to determine how the dog treats are connected to human or animal illnesses, and to identify a common supplier. But in some cases "the Salmonella infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream, and then to other body sites".

The FDA advises pet owners who feed their dogs long-lasting treats such as pig ears to monitor their pets while they eat, pick up the treat when they're finished, keep treats away from children, clean areas where the treat came into contact, wash hands and not allow your dog to lick people or surfaces in your home.

Salmonella is an intestinal infection that can cause diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting, according to the Mayo Clinic. Twelve individuals have been hospitalized and no deaths were reported, according to the CDC.

In CDC interviews with 38 of those infected, 34 said they had been in contact with a dog before getting sick. Yes, you should cook through your chicken, and avoid raw eggs - but watch out for your dog's food, too.

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