While the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to investigate a serious multi-state salmonella outbreak linked to pig ear dog treats, yet another company is issuing its own recall.
TDBBS of Richmond, VA, is voluntarily recalling a limited distribution of their pig ear dog treats. This comes after samples (conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development) tested positive for Salmonella.
Pig Ear Treats: What’s Recalled
This recall is for two pig ear pet treat products sold through Amazon.com — USA Thick Pig Ear 8 Pack and USA Thick Pig Ear 20 Pack. They were shipped to customers between April 22, 2019, and August 13, 2019.
Pet parents should be on the lookout for the following:
All UPCs, Best By Dates and Lot Codes are located on the package back.
Here is a sample image of one of the product labels:
While no illnesses have been reported at this time, customers are advised to toss any USA Thick Pig Ear 8 Pack and USA Thick Pig Ear 20 Pack from the above shipments.
A Message From The Company
“Our company has ceased the production and distribution of this product as we, in cooperation with the FDA, continue to investigate the situation further. TDBBS’s product safety team is conducting its own stringent review to identify what measures can be established to prevent this situation from recurring.
“Our safety teams have been rigorously testing our products and raw materials, working with independent testing firms and conducting an internal investigation within our supply chain to determine how this situation occurred. Nevertheless, we believe it is appropriate out of an abundance of caution to conduct this voluntary recall in cooperation with our customer.”
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.
Feed These Treats & Have Questions?
Consumers may contact customer service at 877-483-5853, Monday to Friday 9-5 pm or email TDBBS at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 27, 2019, the CDC reported 143 cases of human infection with Salmonella, spanning 35 states.