Two Firms Recall Pig Ears for Salmonella

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just announced two separate recalls for pig ears over concerns that the pet treats might be contaminated with the dangerous, sometimes deadly, <"">Salmonella pathogen.

Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. To date, there has been one report of a dog in Missouri being diagnosed with Salmonella poisoning, which prompted the recall. Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets have 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.

People handling the recalled pig ears can potentially become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after giving them to their pet. Healthy people infected with the Salmonella pathogen should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. Rarely, Salmonella poisoning 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.

Boss Pet Products, Inc.: Diggers Natural Treat Pig Ear Pet Treats

Boss Pet was notified by one of its suppliers, Keys Manufacturing Company, Inc., that a batch of Keys’ pig ear treats tested positive for the Salmonella bacteria. Keys Manufacturing has initiated the recall in cooperation with the FDA and has identified several shipments of potentially affected products, which Boss Pet shipped out under its Diggers brand November 2010 through April 2011.

The recalled Diggers Natural Chews Pig Ears were sold in the following package sizes:

• Bulk Pig Ears in boxes of 100 (UPC #0-72929-00038-6)
• Bulk Pig Ears Shrink Wrapped in boxes of 50 (UPC #0-72929-99120-2)
• 2-Pack Bags shipped in cases of 12 bags (UPC #0-72929-99504-0)
• 4-Pack Bags shipped in cases of 12 bags (UPC #0-72929-00227-4)
• 8-Pack Bags shipped in cases of 12 bags (UPC #0-72929-99584-2)

These products were distributed, via truck, to distributors in Montana, California, Washington, Oklahoma, Tennessee, New York, Kansas, Ohio, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Oregon, Utah, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, and Minnesota.

Consumers who have purchased Diggers Natural Chews Pig Ear products are urged to return them to their place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Boss Pet at 1.800.445.6347 during normal business hours from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET) or at its website at

Blackman Industries, Inc.: PrimeTime and KC Beefhide brands Premium Pig Ears

Blackman Industries, Inc. of Kansas City, KS is recalling all PrimeTime brand 2 ct. and 5 ct. Premium Pig Ears and all KC Beefhide brand 20 ct. Premium Pig Ears

These products were distributed in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota and sold through many of the following retail outlets: Price Chopper Stores, Hy-Vee Stores, Hen House Markets, Bag N Save Stores, Dahl’s Food Stores, Baldwin City Market, SunFresh Food Stores, Apple Markets, Brookside Market, Franklin Food Stores, No Frills Food Stores, Alps Food Stores, Big V Food Stores, Country Mart Food Stores, Thriftway Food Stores, County Fair Food Stores, Super Saver Food Stores, Russ’s Food Stores, and Feldman’s Farm and Home Stores.

The product was distributed between January 4, 2011 and April 29, 2011. PrimeTime products are distributed in translucent plastic packages with yellow printed headers and are marked with the following UPC codes:

• 7-48976-18316-6 on a 2 ct. package with a $3.49 retail price
• 7-48976-09040-2, on a 5 ct. package with a $5.99 retail price
• 7-48976-19040-9 on a 5 ct. package with a $6.99 retail price.

The KC Beefhide product is packaged in a red mesh nylon bag with a green and white header that says KC Beefhide and has the following UPC code 7-48976-09065-5.

Consumers can tell the difference between the recalled product and the new product by the placement of a production code on the new product located on the back of the product (i.e.2011FBC). A similar code beginning with 2011 and the production run is also printed on the bags under the Made In USA label.

Consumers who purchased the recalled PrimeTime or KC Beefhide pig ear products are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1.913.342.5010, Monday through Thursday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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