Multiple Brands of Pig Ears Recalled Due to Salmonella | March 2017


March 20, 2017 — EuroCan Manufacturing is voluntarily recalling one lot of its Barnsdale Farms, HoundsTooth and Mac’s Choice pig ears because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

What’s Being Recalled?

The recalled pig ears were distributed throughout the U.S.A. and Canada.

The products were packaged as individually shrink-wrapped, 6-pack, 12-pack and 25-pack bags under the following brands:

  • Barnsdale Farms
  • Barnsdale Farms Select
  • Houndstooth
  • Mac’s Choice

The recalled products are from Lot 84.

No illnesses of any kind have been reported to date.

About Salmonella

Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is a 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.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

Rarely, Salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.

Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare provider.

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

Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain.

Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans.

If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, be sure to contact your veterinarian.

About the Recall

The potential for contamination was noted after routine testing revealed the presence of Salmonella in the product.

The company has suspended distribution of the product while FDA and the company continue their investigation as to the source of the problem.

What to Do?

Consumers who have purchased any of the affected Barnsdale Farms pig ears should return the product to the place of purchase for a refund.

Those with questions may contact the company Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM ET Time at 888-290-7606.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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  • Jordan Garrett

    Your not missing anything.

  • Jordan Garrett

    That’s FUNNY!!

  • Pitlove

    Hi Nancy-

    I used the tool and did not find the suggested food appropriate for my dog at all. I was not allowed to select peas when it asked what he was allergic to, so I was automatically suggested a grain free food. My dog would be very sick if fed the recommended formula.

    Your company may want to consider expanding the list of food allergens in the future for more well rounded product suggestions.

  • Nancy Smith Lewis

    pawTree doesn’t ship to Canada yet either but they are working on it as they are hoping to go international worldwide as soon as possible. they have a few things in the works!

  • Nancy Smith Lewis

    pawTree only sells pawTree. I am well aware of Orijen that’s made in Canada. It is a good food and I applaud you for doing your homework. I can also tell you that I will stay with pawTree over any other kibble on the market. The quality of the food, treats and supplements are second to none. pawTree is being looked into by some of the best scientists and breeders internationally because of its amazing quality, recipes and safety and the food is minimally processed, the treats are freeze-dried, and all of our ingredients in the food, treats and supplements are of the highest quality.There are no fillers, no preservatives, no corn, no wheat, no sy, only healthy grains if one believes in feeding grain but pawTree recommends our grain-free recipes. pawTree is a 3 years old company offering customized pet nutrition to each individual pet based on a pet profile. A pet parent enters the name, age, gender, breed and any issues that pet may have. The information is sent through the computer where an algorithm deciphers the best recipe and supplements for that pet. The order placed is deliver right to your door. no sitting on some store shelf. I am so excited to watch this company become a household name very soon. You can check it out at: Its great to meet people like you who care about their pets enough to feed them high quality nutrition!

  • Sammy Mills

    We feed our dogs Orijen dry dog food. Made in Canada. Comes in vacuum sealed bag. Both Chewy & Pawtree sell it. From what I have researched, you cannot buy a better dog food.

  • Nancy Smith Lewis

    Go to to enjoy safe, healthy nutrient dense food, treats and supplements. 100% guaranteed, always! Made and grown in the USA and manufactured in a top human grade facility. Never any recalls? Holistic and minimallymprocessed kibble. Treats are freeze-dried so for example: a bad of Chicken, Apples and Kale (great for both dogs and cats) contains Chicken, apples and kale! Nothing else….nothing! Their food and product has guaranteed my pet stays as healthy as the best product will allow her to stay! So grateful for pawTree!

  • Nancy Smith Lewis

    Not true! I only order through for safe, holistic, nutient dense, human grade manufacturing facility . No recalls! Best ever kibble, treats and supplements. Product from and made in the USA. Delivers to your door. Chewy doesn’t carry anything I would feed my pets! Not one item.

  • Brenda Crabill-Garman

    aaaaah…..I hope your baby is well now!

  • Hermit2003

    Good question!!

  • Sammy Mills

    Caroboo, i keep up with recalls too. Our 3 little dogs are registered therapy dogs and visit our local Medical Center and other institutions. They are very busy. So I am very careful with what they eat.

  • Darlene Charette

    Agreed! feed them whats right for a dog! meat they are carnivores not people, all these added treats we think we’re doing right thing, so much of what goes into those isn’t healthy at all, growing up dad couldn’t always afford dry dog Kibble, but they always had a big box of meat scraps the local butcher provided and we never had to see a vet, dogs were all healthy and happy, that box had fat bones and raw meat

  • Darlene Charette

    Aww So terribly sorry for the loss of your pet friend :*(, such a tragic thing to happen, thank you for the heads up on these.

  • Jeanne R

    My deceased dog ate pig ears from Wal-Mart and he got diabetes because of the contamination and it affected his pancreas. Stay away from all pig ears as they are preserved on some form or another.

  • Respect Animals

    Please don’t buy Ol Roy. Please don’t buy it. Read the ingredients. Then read -oh say- Canidae or Avoderm

  • Mareth Perry

    The packaging says they are a product of Canada…

  • Caroboo

    Chewy carries a few types of very high quality canned food that had recalls in the last few months.. It’s unavoidable when you’re dealing with that many different products. I shop at chewy too but am still signed up for these recall emails just in case.

  • HasBen

    They most likely come from china the country that wants to poison america.

  • Elizabeth A. Getting-Mullens

    So true!!!!

  • Sammy Mills

    Didn’t know that.

  • AngryPatriot5

    More toxic junk food. These are IRRADIATED!!! Never feed anything that’s been irradiated..period. Our dogs have gotten organic, pasture-raised raw pig ears for years without a single problem. Junk in = poor health. If you want healthy animals, you’ve got to feed the right diet and it has to be quality, human grade food. Go cheap with food and you get poor health, shorter life and lots of vet bills.

  • Barb Valerio

    A lot of places have them as bulk ,grab and go.A store by me has it where if you bring your dog in to the store it gets a free pig ear.So can you imagine how many pig ears they go through !

  • chacha711

    Contd. Bad Feporting Info……Were these BAD CANADIAN PIG EARS100 Count/Pack Sold in Big Box/Warehouse/Club Stores like COSTCO, SAMS, PRICE CLUB, SMART & FINAL
    , etc???

  • chacha711

    Daaah…So exactly WHERE/WHAT USA RETAILERS were these BAD-TAINTED PIG EARS 100 Count/Box Loose-Bulk Pack Sold, ie Pet Clubs, Pet Express, Pet Smarts n/or PetCo, etc???

  • Laura Johnson

    thanks, we were discussing that yesterday, before I saw this recall.

  • Bill Cheke

    Has the dog been tested for Lyme ? Symptoms are similar to what you describe.The symptoms will go away, but the Lyme will not. Lyme test is what I would do.

  • Pat Eckford

    That’s fine for the US, but does not ship to Canada.

  • Sammy Mills

    order your dog food from now worries !

  • Laura Johnson

    the reason I ask is our dog had 2 in a week and a half span, and after the 2nd acted sick/in pain for over a week. Diarrhea once only, after that it was a whimper when jumping off sofa didn’t want up on anything, and wont climb stairs. Even whimpered a few times when lifted, couldn’t pin point pain cause. seams to be getting better now….

  • Laura Johnson

    any sold at walmart? Ol Roy?

  • Jeanine Stewart

    I wonder the same thing. We buy ours at Winco in the bulk section.

  • JJ Jan

    Thanks for the information. Will these pigs be in Petco as well when they have it in a bundle to grab? Curious because I bought some about a week ago?

  • Atomic Veteran

    Thanks for the info!