Today, Boss Pet Products, Inc. announced a recall of its Diggers Natural Treat Pig Ear pet treats because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. The recall is a result of a reported illness to one dog in Missouri.

In addition, Boss Pet was recently notified by one of its suppliers, Keys Manufacturing Company, Inc., of Paris, Illinois, that a batch of Keys’ pig ear treats tested positive for Salmonella. According to Boss Pet’s press release, Keys Manufacturing has initiated a voluntary product recall in cooperation with the FDA and has identified several shipments of potentially affected products which Boss Pet shipped out under its Diggers brand in November, 2010 through April, 2011.”

The recalled Diggers Natural Chews Pig Ears were sold in the following package sizes:

  • Bulk Pig Ears in boxes of 100 (UPC #0-72929-00038-6)
  • Bulk Pig Ears Shrink Wrapped in boxes of 50 (UPC #0-72929-99120-2)
  • 2-Pack Bags shipped in cases of 12 bags (UPC #0-72929-99504-0)
  • 4-Pack Bags shipped in cases of 12 bags (UPC #0-72929-00227-4)
  • 8-Pack Bags shipped in cases of 12 bags (UPC #0-72929-99584-2)

Boss Pet reports that the products were distributed in 19 states including: Alabama, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

Consumers should be aware that Salmonella can sicken animals eating the product, causing lethargy, decreased appetite, diarrhea, fever and vomiting, and may additionally pose a risk to humans who handle the contaminated products. Importantly, animals may be infected and not show signs or symptoms of the illness. However, infected animals can still be carriers and, thus, infect other animals or humans.  

The company is urging consumers who have purchased Diggers Natural Chews Pig Ear products to return them to their place of purchase for a full refund. In addition, Boss Pet advises consumers that if a pet has consumed the recalled product and has symptoms of an infection to contact a veterinarian. Consumers with questions may contact Boss Pet at 1-800-445-6347 during normal business hours (9:00 AM – 5:00PM ET) or through their website at