Richland Public Health is passing on this information to individuals who may have bought pig ear treats for their pets. There is also a risk of human infections in handling due to Salmonella.
Readers should be advised that Richland Public Health has NOT heard of any cases of Salmonella in Richland County. However, this notice is just a precaution.
“We don’t see recalls very often for pet treats, but these products could cause health problems for both humans and pets,” said Martin Tremmel, Health Commissioner at Richland Public Health. “We are asking any residents who may have purchased bulk pig ear products to contact their personal physicians if they have handled these products or contact their veterinarians if your pet has consumed the recalled product.”
This nationwide recall also includes pet food stores in Ohio. Please see the descriptions of the product and the possible health effects for humans and pets in the information below:
With the recent announcements of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) investigating contaminated Pig Ear Treats connecting to Salmonella, Pet Supplies Plus is advising consumers it is recalling bulk pig ear product supplied to all locations by several different vendors due to the potential of Salmonella contamination.
Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Individuals infected with Salmonella should monitor for some, or all, of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.
Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, please contact your veterinarian.