The Salmonella outbreak linked to pig ear dog treats has ended after sickening 154 people who handled them. The illnesses, which were reported from 34 states, include 27 children under the age of five and 35 people whose illnesses were so severe they needed to be hospitalized.
The outbreak, which includes six strains of Salmonella: Cerro, Derby, London, Infantis, Newport, Rissen, and I 4,,12:i:-., sickened people ranging in age from less than 1 to 90 years old.
Between June 10, 2015 to September 13, 2019 illnesses were reported from 34 states 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.
Health officials used a test called Whole Genome Sequencing to match the genetic fingerprints of the Salmonella strains in the contaminated treats with cultures from those who became sick. Some of the pig ear dog treats were imported from South American countries including Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia. And some, according to their labels, were irradiated.
Symptoms of a Salmonella infection include fever, abdominal cramps, nausea, and diarrhea that can be bloody. These symptoms, which usually develop between six and 72 hours, typically last about a week.
Pig Ear Dog Treat Salmonella Recalls
Several companies issued recalls in connection with this outbreak:
- Dog Goods USA LLC recall for bulk and packaged Chef Toby Pig Ears issued August 16, 2019
- Lennox Intl Inc pig ear recall issued on July 26, 2019 and July 30, 2019, expansion
- Pet Supplies Plus recall for pig ears stocked in open bins issued on July 3, 2019,
Experienced Salmonella Lawyers
The Salmonella lawyers at Pritzker Hageman have represented clients sickened in every major Salmonella outbreak in the last two decades including previous outbreaks of human illness linked to dog food. In a recent outbreak, one of our clients was a young girl who developed osteomyelitis, a painful bone infection, as a complication of her illness.
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