(KWTX) Dog treats sold in Texas and dozens of other states are linked to a salmonella outbreak that has sickened 93 people in 27 states, 20 of whom have been hospitalized.
The pig ears were shipped to Pet Supplies Plus Stores in Texas and 32 other states and were stocked in open bins in the stores.
The company recalled the products in early June.
The recall does not apply to pre-packaged, branded pig ears.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are investigating.
The pig ears were distributed to stores not only in Texas, but also in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
Consumers who have purchased pig ear pet treats from bulk bins at Pet Supplies Plus Stores in the affected states should stop feeding them to pets and should dispose of them in a secure container.
“In general, if you choose to feed long-lasting treats like pig ears, practice good hygiene by monitoring your pet while they have the treat, picking up the treat when they are done with it, keeping treats away from small children, cleaning the areas where the treat came into contact, washing hands, and not allowing your pet lick you, your family members, or surfaces in your home,” the FDA said in an advisory.