Salmonella warning issued for pig ear pet treats sold in MI

Henrietta Strickland
July 4, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with other federal and state agencies report investigating a multistate outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella I 4, [5], 12:i:- infections linked to contact with pig ear dog treats. This takes an average of 2 to 4 weeks. "As an added precaution, pet owners should wash their hands after handling pig ears", said Jeffrey Zimmer, acting director of MDARD's Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

Bulk pig ears were distributed to Pet Supplies Plus stores in 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. With over 460 locations in 33 states, the stores have a streamlined design making it easy to navigate a wide assortment of natural foods, hard goods and pet services.

Always follow any storage instructions on pet food bags or containers.

If you or a family member became ill with a Salmonella infection, including Reactive Arthritis or Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), after consuming food and you're interested in pursuing a legal claim, contact the Marler Clark Salmonella attorneys for a free case evaluation.

If you do play with your pet after it has just eaten, wash your hands and any part of your body it licked with soap and water.

Young children are at risk for illness because their immune systems are still developing and because they are more likely than others to put their fingers or other items into their mouths.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

In interviews, ill people answered questions about animal contact in the week before they became ill. Sick people should tell their doctors about the possible exposure to Salmonella bacteria because special tests are necessary to diagnose salmonellosis. Other symptoms include a decreased appetite of and abdominal pain. In some cases, however, diarrhea may be so severe that patients need to be hospitalized. 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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