Salmonella outbreak linked to pig ear dog treats, the CDC warns

Henrietta Brewer
July 4, 2019

And 17 out of 24 who provided information, or 71 percent, reported having contact with pig ear dog treats or with dogs who were fed pig ear dog treats.

According to the CDC, 45 people in 13 states have become ill after coming in contact with pig ear dog treats.

Forty-five people infected, including 12 hospitalizations with the outbreak strain of Salmonella I 4, [5], 12:i:- have been reported from 13 states-Iowa reporting the most cases with 12, followed by MI (7) and NY (6). While no deaths have been reported so far, twelve of the reported cases have required hospitalization.

The rest had between one and three cases: California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Wisconsin.


Health officials came to the conclusion that the outbreak may be linked to pig ear dog treats after interviews were conducted with 38 of the people who have been infected.

MI inspectors sampled bulk pig ears being sold at two unidentified retailers, which showed the presence of salmonella. The investigation is still ongoing. Ill people range in age from less than 1 year to 81 years, with a median age of 23. Officials from the department then tested the products to check for the Salmonella outbreak strain. Thirty-four of these said they had been in contact with a dog before their illness began. These tend to last for 4-7 days and can include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps.

There was no mention of dogs getting sick in the alert on Wednesday afternoon.

Use a clean scoop, spoon or cup to scoop out pet food, not the pet's bowl.


Dog owners are urged to wash their hands right after handling their pet's food or treats and to store them away from human food.

When possible, store pet food and treats away from where human food is stored or prepared and away from the reach of young children.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.

The CDC warns those whose symptoms linger longer than a week, or that see blood in their stool, should seek medical attention.


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