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CDC, FDA asks dog owners to throw out all ear pigs with pigs after salmon meal outbreak was searched for 127 people




  A bunch of pigs' ears are seen in a file photo. (Credit: iStock / Getty Images Plus)

A bunch of swine dogs are seen in a file photo. (Credit: iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Federal agencies advise pet owners to eject all pork dogs in the midst of an investigation into a multistate outbreak of salmonella that has sickened dozens of people across the country.

The warning was issued Wednesday in a coordinated effort by the US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Consumers are encouraged not to buy pig ear pieces or feed them to their dogs; Retailers are told not to sell them anymore.

The advice comes after several products tested positive for salmonella and were linked to human diseases, according to federal officials.

A total of 127 people have been sickened across 33 states since the current outbreak began in June 2015, according to the CDC. The vast majority of cases were reported after October last year, but with 34 diseases since 17 July.

The outbreak resulted in 26 people being hospitalized and sick 24 children younger than 5 years old. No deaths have been linked to pork treats.

Only one case has been reported in California at this time.

Two recalls have been issued.

A distributor, New Jersey-based Lennox Intl Inc, extended a voluntary recall Tuesday of its natural pig ears due to potential contamination of salmonella.

Another company, Pet Supplies Plus, issued a bulk recall of swine ear products on July 3, after a product sold in one of the stores tested positive for salmonella.

However, state and federal health officials have not yet identified a single supplier, distributor or common brand of swine that is the culprit of all the diseases. Because of this, they discourage the goodies that are bought or sold.

All ear treats should be discarded, ideally in a secure container so that animals cannot access them, according to health professionals. Anyone who comes into contact with a pig treatment should wash their hands thoroughly.

While dogs can get sick from eating them, people can get sick just by handling them or taking care of a dog that ate one, the agencies say. [19659008] Neither the FDA nor the CDC provided data on dog diseases from the treats.


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