Dec. 10, 2009 -- A California pet food maker has issued a nationwide recall
of all varieties of its popular “pig ears” and “cow hooves” dog treats because
the products may be contaminated with salmonella, a bacterium that
can cause serious illness in animals and people.
Pet Carousel Inc. of Sanger, Calif., announced the recall following two
statements from the FDA in November warning that certain dog snacks made by the
company might be contaminated with salmonella.
Pet Carousel says the FDA found positive results for salmonella in tests of
pig ears and beef hoof products.
The pig ear products, distributed nationwide, were packaged under the brand
names Doggie Delight, Pork Tasteez, and Pet Carousel. The beef hooves were
packaged under the names Choo Hooves, Dentley’s, Doggie Delight, and Pet
The company warns that people can contract salmonella poisoning by handling
dry pet food and pet treats, “especially if [people] have not thoroughly washed
their hands after having contact with the treats or any surfaces exposed to
It says healthy people infected with salmonella may experience symptoms such
as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramping, fever, and sometimes more
serious problems, including arterial infections.
They report that pets with salmonella may become lethargic and have diarrhea
or bloody diarrhea, vomiting, fever, decreased appetite, and abdominal
The company says healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or
humans and warns people whose pets have consumed any of the affected products
to contact their veterinarians if their animals have become sick.
The FDA said Nov. 10 that it had warned dog owners that pig ears and cow
hooves made by company, “both plain and stuffed,” might be contaminated with
The warning was issued after routine FDA testing in a sample of the
manufacturer’s pig ear dog treats, which triggered an inspection of the
The FDA says the affected treats were sold nationally through retail stores
and over the Internet. The agency also says the retail chains PetSmart, Pet
Food Express, and Petco had posted formal notices on their web pages and
offered refunds or exchanges for any of the affected foods.