Dog Goods USA LLC to conduct a voluntary recall of Chef Toby Pig Ears Treats because of possible salmonella health risk.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and State partners, is investigating a suspected link between pig ear pet treats and human cases of salmonellosis.
Dog Goods USA LLC (“Dog Goods”), a distributor of Tobyhanna, PA has been contacted by the FDA and, based on the best information currently available, will be conducting a voluntary recall of the following products (the “Products”): non-irradiated bulk and packaged pig ears branded Chef Toby Pig Ears due to potential Salmonella contamination. The Product lot codes are:
428590, 278989, 087148, 224208, 1168723, 428590, 222999, 074599, 1124053, 226884, 578867, 224897, 1234750, 444525, 1106709, 215812, 230273, 224970, 585246, 327901, 052248, 210393, 217664, 331199, 225399, 867680, 050273, 881224, 424223, 225979, 431724, 226340, 880207, 334498
Dog Goods bought the Products from a single supplier in Brazil from September 2018 through August 2019 and distributed nationwide in retail stores. The FDA sampled pig ears manufactured a supplier in Brazil and one sample tested positive for Salmonella.
Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals and humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.
As of July 31, 2019, a total of 127 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella have been reported from 33 states. A list of the states and the number of cases in each can be found on the Map of Reported Cases page.
Illnesses started on dates ranging from June 16, 2015 to July 6, 2019. Ill people range in age from less than 1 year to 90 years, with a median age of 40 years. Fifty-five (45%) ill people are female. Of 88 ill people with information available, 26 (30%) have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.