A number of companies have recalled pig ears recently for possible Salmonella contamination.
Several companies recalled pig ears in May following a report of illness in a Missouri dog in association with one production lot of the pet treats.
On May 3, Keys Manufacturing Company Inc. of Paris, Ill., issued a recall of Pig Ears for Pet Treats. The manufacturer had shipped the product to distributors in 14 states between September 2010 and January 2011.
On May 17, two distributors issued recalls of pig ears from the production lot.
Blackman Industries Inc. of Kansas City, Kan., recalled PrimeTime two- and five-count Premium Pig Ears and KC Beefhide 20-count Premium Pig Ears. The company had distributed the product to five states between January 2011 and April 2011.
Boss Pet Products Inc. of Maple Heights, Ohio, recalled Diggers Natural pig ears that the company had distributed to 19 states between November 2010 and April 2011. The recall applies to 100- and 50-count boxes as well as two-, four-, and eight-pack bags.
In early March, another company recalled pig ears because of possible Salmonella contamination. The Washington State Department of Agriculture found the bacteria in products from Jones Natural Chews Co. of Rockford, Ill.
The company issued a recall of Jones Natural Chews Co. Pig Ears, Blain's Farm & Fleet Pig Ears, and Country Butcher Dog Chews Pig Ears that it had distributed to 18 states between September 2010 and November 2010.
Additional details about the recalls are available at www.avma.org/petfoodsafety/recalls.