The Lennox Intl Inc located in Edison, New Jersey, has voluntarily recalled its Premium Natural Pig Ears for dogs because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, a pathogen that can affect animals eating the product and humans handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. FDA is coordinating with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state agencies to investigate 45 human cases of Salmonella enterica serotype 4,5,12:i across multiple states, which may be linked to exposure to pig ear pet treats.
To date, Lennox is aware of two cases of their pig ears causing dog illness that may be related to the potential Salmonella contamination. The recalled products were shipped to nationwide distributors and retail stores between May 1, 2019 and July 3rd, 2019. The affected products were packaged in an 8-pack branded pouch or in individually packaged treats, and will have one of the following UPC codes on the front label:
- 742174 995163
Pet treats contaminated with Salmonella are of particular public health importance because they can affect both human and animal health. Pets can get sick from Salmonella and may also be carriers of the bacteria and pass it onto their human companions without appearing to be ill. The FDA is aware of cases in which humans and/or animals have gotten sick from exposure to contaminated pet foods and treats.
Salmonella can cause illness and death in humans and animals, especially those who are very young, very old, or have weak immune systems. People infected with Salmonella can develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. In some people, the diarrhea may be so severe they need to be hospitalized and infection may spread from the intestines to the blood stream and then to other body sites unless the person is treated promptly with antibiotics. Consult your health care provider if you have symptoms of Salmonella infection.
Pets do not always display symptoms when infected with Salmonella, but signs can include vomiting, diarrhea which may be bloody, fever, loss of appetite and/or decreased activity level. If your pet has these symptoms, consult a veterinarian promptly. You should also be aware that infected pets can shed the bacteria in their feces and saliva without showing signs of being sick.
FDA encourages consumers to report complaints about pet food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal. This information helps FDA further protect human and animal health.
Read the full FDA Alert HERE.