The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Aug. 27 that Brutus & Barnaby, a family-owned dog treat company based in Clearwater, Florida, has recalled all size variations of its pig ear treats for dogs due to potential Salmonella contamination.
The pig ear dog treats were distributed in all 50 states through Amazon.com, Chewy.com and Brutusandbarnaby.com, as well as a brick-and-mortar pet retailer Natures Food Patch in Clearwater, in 8-count, 12,-count, 25-count and 100-count packages.
All recalled products were labeled “Pig Ears 100% Natural Treats for Dogs.”
Brutus & Barnaby have stopped production and distribution of the pig ear dog treats in light of the FDA’s investigation, according to the agency.
This is the fourth pet product distributor to recall pig ear dog treats since July 3, when Pet Supplies Plus pulled its bulk pig ear products from shelves in 32 states.
On July 26, Lennox Intl Inc became the second company to recall the dog treats for Salmonella risk, and on July 31 the company expanded the recall to include pig ear products distributed between Nov. 1, 2018 and July 3, 2019.
Dog Goods USA LLC, a Pennsylvania-based pet product distributor, also recalled Chef Toby Pig Ear Treats on Aug. 16, which were manufactured in Brazil.
As of today, 143 reported cases of Salmonella linked to contact with pig ear dog treats have been received by the FDA, spanning 35 states. Thirty-three of the reported cases have been hospitalized as a result of the infection. Twenty-six of those affected are children younger than 5 years old, according to the FDA.
“No single supplier, distributor or common brand of pig ear treats has been identified that could account for all the illnesses. More products could be recalled as testing identifies Salmonella,” said the FDA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in its latest update.
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