The Associated Press is reporting that there is a recall on pig ear pet chews due to salmonella risks.

“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.

UPDATE (5/18/11): A California distributor has been listed among the companies included in the aforementioned recall. Diggers Natural Treat Pig Ear pet treats were distributed from November, 2010 through April, 2011.

The pig ears were sold in bulk in boxes of 100 (UPC 0-72929-00038-6); shrink wrapped in boxes of 50 (UPC 0-72929-99120-2); in 
two-pack bags shipped in cases of 12 bags (UPC 0-72929-99504-0);
 four-pack bags shipped in cases of 12 bags (UPC 0-72929-00227-4) 
eight-pack bags shipped in cases of 12 bags (UPC 0-72929-99584-2).

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