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Recall of Pig Ears for Pet Treats

Manufacturer Says Pet Treats Have Possible Contamination With Salmonella
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Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD

May 5, 2011 -- An Illinois manufacturer of pet snacks has issued a recall of its Pig Ears for Pet Treats animal chews due to possible salmonella contamination, according to a posting on the FDA’s web site.

Key Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Paris, Ill., says in its news release that the recalled treats were distributed by truck to these states:

  • Pennsylvania
  • Virginia
  • Missouri
  • Iowa
  • Ohio
  • Illinois
  • Florida
  • Kentucky
  • Michigan
  • Arkansas
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • Texas
  • Minnesota

Key says the recalled pet treats could sicken animals as well as humans who touch them.

The recall was issued as a result of a reported illness of a dog in Missouri that consumed the Pig Ears. The company says it has been working with the FDA to investigate what caused the problem.

The product was distributed in 100-count cases packed in cardboard boxes and shipped between Sept. 27, 2010, and Jan. 25, 2011.

Salmonella Symptoms

The FDA says healthy people infected with salmonella should monitor themselves for symptoms that can be caused by contamination. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever.

Some salmonella contamination can result in more serious ailments, including bloodstream infections, heart valve infections, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

The news release says people who exhibit symptoms after being around the pet food should contact their health care providers.

People whose pet has symptoms after eating the product should contact their veterinarians.

Keys says consumers who have bought Pig Ears for Pet Treats should return it to the place where they obtained it for a full refund. Consumers with concerns can phone 217-465-4001.

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