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Pig ear dog treats recalled due to multi-state salmonella outbreak

Pig ear treats Photo: Leigh_A Murrell / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 via MGN Online. Pig ear treats

July 10, 2019 02:40 PM

(NBC News) — Pig ear dog treats sold in more than 30 states have been recalled after the FDA and the CDC announced they were investigating a possible link between the treats and a salmonella outbreak in humans that’s resistant to many antibiotics.

So far, 45 people in 13 states have been diagnosed with salmonella. According to the CDC, 34 people who were infected said they came in contact with a dog before falling ill and 17 people reported contact with pig ear treats or dogs who were fed the treats before their diagnosis.

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Pet Supplies Plus, which has more than 430 stores in 33 states, said last week that it’s recalling its bulk pig ear products at all of its locations. The retailer said none of the salmonella cases have been confirmed to be linked to products sold at its stores.

Salmonella is a foodborne illness that can cause diarrhea, fever, chills, abdominal pain and death. Dogs do not always show symptoms when infected with salmonella, though signs of the infection in pets can include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, fever and loss of appetite. 

The CDC said the investigation is ongoing to determine if there is a common supplier of the pig ear dog treats.

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