Pig ear dog treats likely source of Salmonella outbreak — CDC

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Pig ear dog treats likely source of Salmonella outbreak — CDC

CDC, public health and regulatory officials in several states, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are investigating a multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella I 4, [5], 12:i:- infections linked to contact with pig ear dog treats. Needless to say, after handling pig ears or other pet treats and food, dog owners are advised to always use soap and water to thoroughly wash their hands. However, after interviewing 38 infected people, a CDC report notes 34 of them said they had contact with a dog before falling ill.

Federal health officials are warning about a salmonella outbreak that has been linked to popular dog treats. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. 45 people from 13 states have been affected after making contact with the treats.

Retail locations where sampling occurred have removed pig ears from their shelves, according to CDC.

A common supplier of those treats has not yet been identified. MDARD inspectors also collected samples of other brands of individually wrapped or bagged pig ears being sold at multiple retail locations.

They're, in fact, so popular among the growing number of dog owners in the USA that fancy recipes for preservative-free smoked pig ears for your pup are popping up online. Consult a veterinarian if your pet has signs of Salmonella infection. Of 39 ill people with the information available, 12 or 31 percent, reported being hospitalized.

Consumers who have purchased bulk pig ears should discontinue use of the product and discard it. Consumers who have further questions are welcome to contact our Neighbor Service team at 734-793-6564 between Monday and Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. EDT (excluding holidays).

Children younger than 5 years, pregnant women, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness. Some animals don't show symptoms of salmonella poisoning, but they can still spread it around the home through saliva and feces.

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