Pig ear dog treats test positive for Salmonella…but no recall – Truth about Pet Food

Just when you think you’ve seen all the crazy stuff there is from FDA, this happens.

Released today – July 3, 2019 – the FDA issued a confusing warning about pig ear dog treats. The title of the FDA alert says “FDA Investigates Contaminated Pig Ear Pet Treats Connected to Human Salmonella Infections“.

The title sounds as if FDA has evidence pig ear dog treats have caused human illness, right? Nope, they don’t.

The FDA alludes that dog treats are responsible for 45 human illnesses with 12 hospitalizations. They make it sound dire. But then…the FDA admits that testing of the dog treats found a completely different strain of Salmonella. In other words, the FDA has NO connection the treats caused human illness.

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But the FDA DOES have evidence the pig ear treats tested positive for (other strains of) Salmonella. However, NO recall has been issued.

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Then why did FDA issue this warning?

FDA says:

FDA is issuing this alert so that consumers can choose whether to remove pig ear treats from their homes or take steps to potentially prevent Salmonella infection.”

What? FDA is letting pet owners “choose” whether to give Salmonella positive pig ear treats or not? Are pet owners mind readers? How are pet owners supposed to know what treats have tested positive?

Review: FDA has evidence that pig ear treats tested positive for Salmonella but is not forcing a recall. FDA has no evidence the pig ear treats are linked to human illness but are telling everyone it is.

This is completely OPPOSITE behavior FDA has taken against raw pet food. In fact, FDA has a policy that is zero tolerance for Salmonella in any pet food/treat product (it’s not a law, it’s just their policy) they have utilized extensively against raw pet food. So…is FDA telling us that policy is only applicable for raw pet food – nothing else?

Pig ear treats get a personalized FDA ‘Get Out of a Recall Free’ card.


Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

Susan Thixton
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
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