Pig ears in MI may have Salmonella


- Certain dog treats could send you to the hospital.

The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have been investigating possible salmonella in pig ear treats. 45 people from 13 states have been affected after making contact with the treats. While no deaths have been reported so far, twelve of the reported cases have required hospitalization. With 12 cases reported, the USA state of Iowa has been hit the hardest, followed by MI and NY with seven and six cases respectively.

The outbreak has been linked to contact with pig ear dog treats, according to the CDC.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development collected pig ear dog treats from retailers that were reported to have bought the products from. Among the 34 individuals, 17 said they had come into contact with pig ear dog treats or animals who were given these treats.

Illnesses might not yet be reported due to the time it takes between when a person becomes ill and when the illness is reported. Officials from the department then tested the products to check for the Salmonella outbreak strain. Whole genome sequencing analysis of Salmonella isolates from 30 ill people predicted antibiotic resistance or decreased susceptibility to ampicillin, ciprofloxacin, gentamicin, nalidixic acid, streptomycin, sulfisoxazole, tetracycline, and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. And the investigation is following up to see if anyone is sick from the Salmonella strains that were identified through the positive tests. These tend to last for 4-7 days and can include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products. Dog owners are advised against using their pet's feeding bowl for scooping human food.

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