Salmonella Concerns Prompt Pig Ear Recall

Jones Natural Chews Co. has issued a recall of its pig ear chews for dogs. Front and back views of the package.

Keys Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Paris, Ill., is recalling its Pig Ears for Pet Treats because the product may be contaminated with salmonella.

The recall affects Pig Ears for Pet Treats with the UPC number 7 61094 15000. The treats were shipped in 100 count cases between Sept. 27 and Oct. 6, 2010; Nov. 1 and Nov. 29, 2010; and Jan. 3 and Jan. 25, 2011, to distributors in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Missouri, Iowa, Ohio, Illinois, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Texas and Minnesota.

Distributors repackaged the treats for retailers. Distributors were separately notified of the problem and instructed to notify their retail customers, according to the company.

A report of an ill dog in Missouri prompted the recall. Pets with salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may only experience a decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. Pet owners should contact their veterinarian immediately if their pet consumed the recalled treats or is experiencing any of the above symptoms.

People handling the treats can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the product or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with salmonella may experience some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Although rare, salmonella can result in more serious ailments.
 
Keys Manufacturing reported that it has been working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to identify any products that might contain salmonella and determine the cause of the problem.

Consumers who have bought Pig Ears for Pet Treats are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions should contact the company at (217) 465-4001.

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