While the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to investigate a serious multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to pig ear dog treats, a Florida-based pet treat company is now issuing their own alert. Brutus & Barnaby is recalling all size variations of their pig ears because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.
Brutus & Barnaby officials issued this recall alert after the FDA did routine sampling and found their pig ear treats tested positive for Salmonella. In an official statement by the company, officials said they have:
“ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.”
Bags of the pig ear treats were sold nationwide via amazon.com, chewy.com, and Brutusandbarnaby.com. Plus, they were also sold at one brick and mortar store — Natures Food Patch — in Clearwater, FL.
The affected products were available in 4 sizes: Brutus & Barnaby Pig Ears 8 Count, 12 Count, 25 Count, and 100 Count.
Salmonella can affect animals eating contaminated food/treats. Plus, there is also a risk to humans who have handled contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands afterward.
Pets with Salmonella infection may be lethargic, experience decreased appetite, fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, and vomiting. If your pooch experiences any of these symptoms, you’re urged to call your vet immediately.
People with Salmonella infection can experience diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps. Most people symptoms appear 12 to 72 hours after being exposed to the bacteria. The infection usually lasts for 4-7 days and most people recover without treatment. However, for some people, diarrhea may be so severe that they need to be hospitalized. Young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to have a severe illness.
If you suspect you may have Salmonella, contact your doctor immediately.
Feed These Treats?
Consumers who have purchased Brutus & Barnaby pig ears are urged to destroy any remaining product not yet consumed and to contact the place of purchase for a full refund.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 800-489-0970 Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 PM ET.
As A Reminder …
In the midst of a multi-state outbreak of salmonella in humans, health officials are warning pet parents to stay clear of pig ear dog treats, saying to avoid buying or feeding them. Plus, they’re urging retailers to stop selling these products.
Back on July 3, 2019, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and State partners released a notice about their investigation into a suspected link between pig ear treats and human cases of salmonellosis.
In the latest update on August 2, 2019, the CDC reported 127 cases of human infection with Salmonella — 26 people have been hospitalized. Of the illnesses, 24 (that’s 21%) are among children younger than 5 years old. No deaths have been reported at this time.