NATIONWIDE – A potential Salmonella contamination has caused Pet Supplies Plus to issue a voluntary recall to all locations for their Pig Ear Treats, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC).
It was said by the FDA and CDC that Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and humans are at risk from handling contaminated products, especially if the individual had not thoroughly washed their hands prior to having contact with the product.
Officials distinguished that the recall only affects the bulk pig ears available in open pins, not the prepacked pig ears.
The bulk pig ear treats were distributed to Pet Supplies Plus stores all over the country including AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX VA, WI, AND WV.
The FDA reported that to date, 45 individuals in 13 states have been diagnosed with Salmonella-related illnesses, however, no cases were confirmed to be a result of the Pet Supplies Plus Pig Ear Treats.
“Testing by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development revealed that aging bulk pig eat products in one of our stores tested positive for Salmonella,” stated Pet Supplies Plus. “We have pulled bulk ear product from the shelves at all of our stores and have stopped shipping bulk pig ears from our Distribution Center.”
The company concluded to say that they are working with the FDA in their ongoing investigation as to what caused the potential Salmonella outbreak.
Pet Supplies Plus is urging all customers who have purchased bulk pig ears from one of their locations to discontinue using the product and to discard it. Pet Supplies Plus Neighbor Service team can be reached at 734-793-6564 for additional information.