The FDA in conjunction with the CDC and other state agencies are investigating human cases of salmonellosis linked to various Salmonella serotypes that are feared to create an exposure to pig ear treats from Colombia, Brazil, and Argentina.
As a result, the FDA and CDC are advising the public to stop using pig ear treats. It is also cautioning retailers from selling pig ear treats.
On the 16th of August 2019, Dog Goods USA LLC had to Chef Toby and non-irradiated bulk Pig Ears.
On the 22nd of August 2019, the US regulator updated the Import Alert 72-03 in which it included three companies that offered pig ears that were positive for Salmonella.
These are Colombia’s Custom Pet S.A.S, Anabe Industria from Brazil and Suarko SRL from Argentina.
What Do Retailers And Distributors Need To Do?
The FDA and CDC advise retailers, and this even includes online retailers, to quit selling all pig ear pet treats.
Retailers, operators, and distributors that have already presented pig ears for clients on sale are instructed to wash as well as sanitize storage containers, bulk bins, and any surfaces such as floors, displays, and counters that might have come into contact with contaminated products.
Retailers are also requested to advise their customers and employees to thoroughly wash their hands after handling pet food and treats.
If you have pig ear treats, you need to carefully dispose of it in a securely tight container that’s out of reach of animals. And if you don’t want to dispose of the pig treat immediately, you need to safely and securely store it while you determine the next step.
The Food and Drugs Administration will release more information about this investigation if and when it becomes available.
Salmonella is a bacterium capable of causing death and illness in animals and humans, especially in very young, old, and people with weak immune systems.