The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Sept. 24 announced a preemptive, voluntary recall from TDBBS in connection to the recent Salmonella outbreak in the US associated with pig ear dog treats. The pet treat manufacturer said it has recalled two pig ear products sold under its Best Bully Sticks brand “as a strictly precautionary measure.”

TDBBS has recalled two lots of its USA Thick Pig Ear 8-Pack products, as well as three lots of its USA Thick Pig Ear 20-Pack products. The recall was prompted after a sample tested by the Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development came back positive for Salmonella, according to the company.

Lot numbers and best-by dates for recalled products are:

  • USA Thick Pig Ear 8-Pack
    • UPC: X001768PNB
    • Lot code: 1129T1, Best by: 4/22/2021
    • Lot code: 1549T1, Best by: 6/6/2021
  • USA Thick Pig Ear 20-Pack
    • UPC: X000RBC5VF
    • Lot code: 1129T1, Best by: 4/22/2021
    • Lot code: 1339T1, Best by: 5/13/2021
    • Lot code: 2179T1, Best by: 8/5/2021

The products were sold through Amazon and shipped to consumers between April 22, 2019 and August 13, 2019.

“It is important to know that no illnesses have been reported, and the amount of affected product is minimal,” TDBBS stated in an official statement. Read TDBBS’s full recall statement published by the FDA.

Several other companies, including Pet Supplies Plus, Lennox Intl Inc and Dog Goods USA, have recalled pig ear pet treat products over the past three months.

As of Sept. 5, 143 people across 35 states have been infected with Salmonella, of which 33 have been hospitalized, according to the FDA’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its open investigation in to the Salmonella outbreak in connection to contaminated pig ear dog treats distributed across the US.

Read the latest details on the FDA CDC’s investigation into the Salmonella outbreak linked to various pig ear dog treats.

TDBBS manufactures pet treats sold under three brands: Best Bully Sticks, Paw Love and Barkworthies.

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