Update On Contaminated Pig Ear Pet Treats Connected to Human Salmonella Infections
October 30, 2019 —
According to the CDC, this outbreak appears to be over, as the rate of new human illnesses reports has slowed and returned to baseline levels. FDA continues to investigate and work with state partners to monitor the marketplace. FDA advises retailers who wish to introduce pig ear pet treats into the market to take appropriate steps to ensure that their suppliers are controlling for pathogens, and that products are not cross-contaminated after processing. FDA urges firms to remain vigilant about taking measures to control pathogens such as Salmonella, and to conduct regular assessments, including testing, to ensure the effectiveness of their processing and the safety of their products. Consumers who choose to feed pig ears should take caution to practice safe pet food handling. [Source: FDA 30 Oct 2019]
- 154 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella were reported from 34 states.
- Of 133 ill people with available information, 35 (26%) were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.
- 27 illnesses (19%) were among children younger than 5 years.
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