Pig ear chews recalled over salmonella risk

An Illinois company that produces rawhide chews for dogs has recalled thousands of boxes of pig ears distributed in 18 states including Pennsylvania and New Jersey because of evidence of salmonella.

Tests showed evidence of salmonella in samples of Jones Natural Chews Co of Rockford, Illinois, is recalling 2,705 boxes of pig ears, the Food and Drug Administration reports.

No illnesses have been reported.

The pig ears were sold under the Blain’s Farm and Fleet and Country Butcher brands — were distributed in Connecticut, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, Missouri, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington and Wisconsin. They were shipped to distributors and retailers between September 15, 2010 and November 2, 2010.

The products are made entirely from American meat products, which pet owners should ostensibly find comforting, where many chews found in big box pet retailers come from China and South America. I was surprised to find the company does not acknowledge the recall or provide any information about it on its website.

Consumers who have purchased any of these pig ears are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-877-481-2663

Symptoms of salmonella infection include lethargy, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. But pets may also display less severe symptoms such as decreased appetite or fever.

People handling dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews or any surfaces exposed to these products.

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