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Pig ear treats

Many of our pets just love pig ear treats! We’ve recently shared information on the connection between pig ear treats and the salmonella outbreak.  However, we are finding out that this outbreak is spreading to more people and would like to keep you updated.

The outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Infections Linked to Contact with Pig Ear Dog Treats

  • CDC and FDA are now advising people not to buy or feed any pig ear dog treats to pets, including any that may already be in homes.
  • People can get sick after handling the treats or caring for dogs who ate the treats. Dogs might get sick after eating them.
  • Since the last update on July 17, 2019, a total of 34 ill people have been added to this investigation.
  • A total of 127 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 33 states.
    • 26 ill people (30%) have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
    • 24 illnesses (21%) are among children younger than 5 years. Read Full Article

 

FDA Investigates Contaminated Pig Ear Pet Treats Connected to Human Salmonella Infections

  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State partners, is investigating a suspected link between pig ear pet treats and human cases of salmonellosis.
  • As of July 31, 2019, CDC reports that there are 127 cases of human infection tied to exposure to pig ear pet treats with Salmonella enterica serotypes I 4,[5],12:i:-, Infantis, London, and Newport in 33 states. CDC reports that many of these cases are multidrug-resistant. Twenty-six people have been hospitalized.
  • The FDA has traced back some of the pig ear treats associated with cases of illness to sources in Argentina and Brazil. Two firms have recalled. Some of these treats have tested positive for Salmonella, and further testing is ongoing to identify the Salmonella strain(s). Read full article

 

The Lake County News Reported the following:

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state partners, is investigating a suspected link between pig ear pet treats and human cases of salmonellosis.

As of July 31, CDC reports that there are 127 cases of human infection tied to exposure to pig ear pet treats with Salmonella enterica serotypes I 4,[5],12:i:-, Infantis, London, and Newport in 33 states. CDC reports that many of these cases are multidrug-resistant. Twenty-six people have been hospitalized.

The FDA has traced back some of the pig ear treats associated with cases of illness to sources in Argentina and Brazil. Two firms have recalled. Some of these treats have tested positive for Salmonella, and further testing is ongoing to identify the Salmonella strain(s).

As of July 31, based on information gathered from cases and the traceback data gathered from FDA, the FDA and CDC are recommending that people avoid purchasing or feeding any pig ear pet treats at this time. If you have pig ear pet treats, safely discard them and thoroughly clean the areas where the treats have been. Read full article

Don’t give your dog pig ear pet treats, FDA says, warning of salmonella outbreak

Consumers are being advised to not feed their dogs pig ear pet treats amid a growing salmonella outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration both issued new guidance Wednesday saying consumers should avoid the treats and advising retailers to stop selling them.

Public health and regulatory officials have been investigating a multistate outbreak of human salmonella infections and a suspected link to contact with the popular dog treat, which is made of smoked pig.

The warning is aimed at pet owners. While dogs can get sick, humans are the bigger concern.

So far, 127 people have been infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella in 33 states and 26 have been hospitalized, the CDC said.

There have been two voluntary recalls related to the outbreak after products tested positive for numerous types of Salmonella resulting, said Steven Solomon, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine, in a statement. Read full article

Approximately 90% of people that are getting sick stated that they had contact with a dog prior to getting ill and another 69% said they had actual contact with these pig ear treats. Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care, Inc. strives to keep our clients and the general public informed on these important issues by way of our website, social media and Press Releases.

 

Brook-Falls Veterinary Hospital & Exotic Care, Reporting

We’ll keep you informed on the latest news as we receive it. In the meantime, we urge you to check back to this page for any updates while this story is ongoing.  

Government sites:
https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinary/news-events/fda-investigates-contaminated-pig-ear-pet-treats-connected-human-salmonella-infections
https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/pet-treats-07-19/index.html

Veterinary Practice News: https://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/pig-ears-linked-to-human-cases-of-salmonellosis/
AVMA: https://www.avma.org/News/Issues/recalls-alerts/Pages/pet-food-safety-recalls-alerts-detail.aspx?itemID=1479

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