Boss Pet Recalls Pig Ear Treats Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

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Published: May 19, 2011
Boss Pet Recalls Pig Ear Treats Due to Possible Salmonella Contamination

Boss Pet Products is recalling its Diggers Natural Treat Pig Ear pet treats due to possible Salmonella contamination, the FDA announced on Tuesday.

Boss Pet and one of its suppliers, Keys Manufacturing Company, in cooperation with FDA has identified several shipments of potentially affected products which Boss Pet shipped out under its Diggers brand in November, 2010 through April, 2011.

The recalled Diggers Natural Chews Pig Ears were sold in the following package sizes:

  • Bulk Pig Ears in boxes of 100 (UPC #0-72929-00038-6)
  • Bulk Pig Ears Shrink Wrapped in boxes of 50 (UPC #0-72929-99120-2)
  • 2-Pack Bags shipped in cases of 12 bags (UPC #0-72929-99504-0)
  • 4-Pack Bags shipped in cases of 12 bags (UPC #0-72929-00227-4)
  • 8-Pack Bags shipped in cases of 12 bags (UPC #0-72929-99584-2)

These products have been distributed via truck to distributors in the following states: MT, CA, WA, OK, TN, NY, KS, OH, TX, MS, AL, OR, UT, IA, MO, IL, IN, LA, and MN.

To date, there has been one incident of a dog in Missouri with Salmonellosis.

Symptoms of Salmonella infection in both humans and animals include abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, lethargy and fever. More severe symptoms can include bloody diarrhea, vomiting, headaches, muscle pain, eye pain, arthritis and arterial infection. Human infection acquired from animal food products is typically the result of not washing the hands appropriately after handling the food (i.e., after feeding the pet). In addition, the infection can be spread to other humans and animals through contact with the infected individual.fell ill after consuming pig ears from the same production lot as those recalled.

Pet owners who have purchased Diggers Natural Chews Pig Ear products are urged to return them to their place of purchase for a full refund.

If you have questions, contact Boss Pet at 1-800-445-6347 during normal business hours (9:00 AM – 5:00PM ET) or on their website at

Image: Boss Pet Products

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