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

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The FDA and CDC are investigating human cases of salmonellosis related to several types of Salmonella with a suspected link to pig ear pet treats. The agencies are advising consumers not to buy or feed any pig ear pet treats, including any that may have already been purchased and in the home. Retailers have been advised to stop selling all pig ear treats. People are at risk of becoming sick after handling the treats or caring for dogs who ate the treats. Dogs also might get sick after eating them.

The CDC reports there have been a total of 127 people from 33 states, including Washington, infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella. Since the last update on July 17, 2019, a total of 34 ill people have been added to the investigation with 26 of them hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Among the ill, 24 are children younger than five years.

For complete information, including advice for pet owners, visit the FDA website. For frequently asked questions about the investigation, click here.


Posted August 16, 2019