CDC Investigation Update: Salmonella in Pig Ear Dog Treats

US FlagUS/Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") LogoThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), an Atlanta, Georgia-based health promotion and disease prevention authority, updates its formal investigation notice concerning the US nationwide Salmonella outbreak linked to Pig Ear Treats for Dogs.


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Additional information:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) has updated its ongoing investigation into a multi-state Salmonella outbreak that is currently active within United States, thought to be caused by contact with and/or consumption of Pig Ear Treats for Dogs.

Additional information is as follows:

This Salmonella outbreak is linked to contact with and/or consumption of Pig Ear Dog treats:

  • Since the last update from the CDC on July 17, 2019, at least 34 people have been sickened due to this outbreak and added to this investigation.
  • In total, there are currently thought to be at least 127 people residing in at least 33 US states who are known to have been sickened in connection with this outbreak. This estimate includes twenty six (26) people who have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported.
  • On July 3, 2019, Bulk Pig Ears from Pet Supplies Plus stocked in open bins because they might be contaminated with Salmonella. You can see our earlier coverage of this outbreak here: and here:
  • CDC and FDA are now jointly advising people not to buy or feed ANY pig ear dog treats purchased or available in the United States, including any Treats that may already purchased and stored for future use at homes or farms. These Pig Ear Treats are thought to be contaminated with Salmonella.
  • Handling these Pig Ear Treats could make you sick; eating the Treats could make your dogs sick.
  • Product testing has identified many different strains of Salmonella in Pig Ears from various brands and suppliers.
  • Information collected to date about where ill people bought pig ears has not identified a single supplier, distributor or common brand of pig ear treats.

General prevention tips:

  • Salmonella infections can cause illness in both people and in dogs.
  • Do not feed recalled Pig Ear Treats to your dog. Throw them away in a secure container ensuring your pets and other animals can’t eat them.
  • A common supplier of Pig Ear Treats in this outbreak has not been identified.
  • You can read more about Pet Food safety at
  • This investigation is ongoing and CDC will provide more information as it becomes available.

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Recalls Direct RIN: 11855-2019
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