The pig ear Salmonella outbreak has grown to include 143 people in 35 states who gave the dog treats to their pets. That’s an increase of 16 illnesses since the last update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 31, 2019. Thirty-three people have now been hospitalized.
The number of cases reported from each of the 35 affected states is as follows: Alabama (1), Arizona (1), California (1), Colorado (3), Connecticut (1), Florida (3), Georgia (3), Hawaii (1), Illinois (10), Indiana (5), Iowa (23), Kansas (3), Kentucky (6), Louisiana (1), Maine (1), Maryland (1), Massachusetts (4), Michigan (14), Minnesota (1), Missouri (7), New Hampshire (1), New Jersey (3), New Mexico (1), New York (16), North Carolina (2), North Dakota (1), Ohio (8), Oregon (3), Pennsylvania (7), South Carolina (2), Texas (2), Utah (1), Virginia (1), Washington (1), and Wisconsin (4).
This outbreak includes case-patients who are younger than 1 year old and some who are 90 years old. They have reported onest-of-illness dates ranging from June 10, 2015 to July 30, 2019. Their illnesses resulted from infections from four serotypes of Salmonella involved in this outbreak: Salmonella I 4,,12:i:-, Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, and Salmonella London. Ninety of the 143 reported cases of salmonellosis are resistant to treatment with antibiotics making those illnesses more difficult to treat and more likely to develop serious complications. People who have purchased these treats for their pets should throw them away.
Pig Ear Recalls
Several companies have issued recalls for pig ear products that might be contaminated with Salmonella. They include:
- Dog Goods USA LLC recall for bulk and packaged Chef Toby Pig Ears issued August 16, 2019
- Lennox Intl Inc recalled pig ear recall on July 26, 2019 and July 30, 2019, expansion
- On July 3, 2019, Pet Supplies Plus recalled bulk pig ears stocked in open bins.
No single supplier, distributor or common brand of pig ear dog treats accounts for all of the illnesses, according to federal health officials.
The Salmonella lawyers at Pritzker Hageman have represented clients sickened in every major Salmonella outbreak in the last two decades including other 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.
If you have been sickened after handling a pig ear dog treat product, contact our Salmonella Team for a free consultation by calling 1 (888) 377-8900 (toll-free), sending a text to 612-261-0856 or by completing the form below.