The Salmonella outbreak linked to pig ear dog treats has ended after sickening 154 people in 34 states who handled them, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Twenty-seven of those sickened were under the age of five. Thirty-five people developed infections so severe they needed to be hospitalized.
The outbreak includes six strains of Salmonella: Cerro, Derby, London, Infantis, Newport, Rissen, and I 4,,12:i:-. that sickened people ranging in age from less than 1 to 90 years old between June 10, 2015 to September 13, 2019.
The 34 states reporting illnesses are: AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI and WV.
Health officials used a genetic test called Whole Genome Sequencing to identify which products were contaminated and who got sick from handling them. Some of the pig ear treats were imported from Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia, some, according to their labels, were irradiated.
Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include fever, nausea, abdominal cramps and diarrhea that can be bloody. These symptoms usually develop between six and 72 hours and last about a week.
Pig Ear Dog Treat Recalls
Several companies have issued recalls for pig ear dog treats including:
- Dog Goods USA LLC recall for bulk and packaged Chef Toby Pig Ears issued August 16, 2019
- Lennox Intl Inc pig ear recall issued on July 26, 2019 and July 30, 2019, expansion
- Pet Supplies Plus recall for pig ears stocked in open bins issued on July 3, 2019,
Salmonella Lawyers with Experience
Pritzker Hageman Salmonella lawyers have represented clients sickened in every major Salmonella outbreak in the last two decades including previous outbreaks of human illness linked to dog food. In one recent outbreak, one of our clients was a young girl who developed a painful bone infection called osteomyelitis as a complication of her illness.
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