WASHINGTON, D.C. — After 127 cases of people developing salmonella poisoning linked to pig ear pet treats, the FDA and CDC are warning consumers not to buy them, and retailers not to sell them.
Illnesses have been reported in 33 states since 2015, with 26 people ending up hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
Lennox Intl., Inc., a company that distributes pig ear pet treats, issued a recall on July 26 for some of the treats involved in this outbreak, as has a company called Pet Supplies Plus.
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The FDA says they have traced some of the pig ear pet treats associated with the illness to sources in Argentina and Brazil. They are working to identify where else the pig ears have been sold and take them out of distribution.
The two agencies released the following guidelines for handling the outbreak:
The affected states so far have been AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NH, NJ, NM, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, UT, WA, and WI.
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