Pig Ears Recalled Due to Possible Salmonella


Keys Manufacturing Company of Paris, Illinois is recalling pig ears due to the possibility of contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

Keys Pig Ears Recall

According to the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Illinois company is recalling pet chews made of pig’s ears because they could be contaminated with salmonella.

One illness, to a dog in Missouri, has been linked to the chews, called Pig Ears for Pet Treats. The product is being recalled by the Keys Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Paris, Ill.

Salmonella can affect animals, and there is risk to people from handling contaminated pet products.

The bacteria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, elderly people and those with weakened immune systems. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. Pets with salmonella may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea fever and vomiting.

The pet treats were distributed in Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

Consumers can return the pet treats to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Complete details regarding this recall are available within the official FDA News Release dated May 3, 2011.

The actual press release from Keys Manufacturing was distributed May 3, 2011 included the following warning:

Salmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products.

People handling dry pet food and/or treats can become infected with Salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the chews 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 providers.

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, please contact your veterinarian.

The company is taking questions at 217-465-4001.

  • Terence Tan – Potassium Chloride (KCI) is in many human foods as well, including fruits and vegetables and in supplement form too.

    KCI is also makes up 2 of the 3 electrolyte elements. Sodium being the third. Electrolytes dissolve in water turning it into ions which can conduct electricity. You can lose too much KCL when severely sweating. You can replenish the chloride and sodium in salty foods or common table salt.

    From what I’ve read KCI at a lethal dose of about 100mg per kilogram of body weight is a heart stopper! Taking about 38 tea spoons of table salt at once will pretty much do the same thing – cardiac arrest that is. So it’s only fatal at these high doses.

  • I purchased some air dried pig ears today when I went to buy another box of BARF, but it obviously doesn’t come from Keys Manufacturing Co. It’s local Australian air dried pig ears. I’ll alternate sometimes between roo tails (Kangaroo tails), pig ears, pork trotters, and beef tubes, as my dogs’ chews (Not treats). They get air dried beef liver and lamb crumbles as treats.

  • Hi Terence… Potassium is an essential mineral nutrient required by both dogs and humans. Potassium chloride is a salt of potassium and is the most common means for supplementing a dog’s (and human) dietary needs. Like many vital nutrients, it’s only healthy in reasonable amounts. In extremely high doses, potassium chloride can be deadly.

  • Terence Tan

    Hi Mike
    Thanks for the alert for the latest pet food recall.

    By the way, do you have any idea what’s Potassium Chloride used for ? I have found in the internet that it is one of the three lethal injection drug used in the judicial execution. Why is it used in dog food ?