Dog Health Alert: Pig Ears Recalled

By Cheryl Campbell | Canine Health

Natural Dog Chew Recalled

Three Companies Issue Recall on their Pig Ear Dog Treats

Your Dog’s Health is important to us here at Natural Dog Food’s Canine Chatter and we routinely check for Recall notices that may affect the wellbeing of your dog. Three such notices recently came to our attention. The threat of salmonella contamination also affects the humans in your family because it can be transferred to us when we handle the product.  First lets start with the symptoms:

Salmonella Symptoms in Dogs include fever and vomiting, bloody diarrhea as well as decreased appetite and energy. If your dog has eaten the recalled product and is showing any of these symptoms please contact your veterinarian.

Salmonella Symptoms in Humans include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. If you suspect exposure contact your healthcare provider immediately.

The Companies That Recently Issued Pig Ear Chews Recalls Due to Salmonella Risk Are:

  • May 31, 2011 – Bravo! of Vernon CT

Vernon-based Bravo! issued a press release announcing the recall May 31, 2011 and involves their 50 – count Oven-Roasted Pig Ears. Only those with Product Code: 75-121 Lot # 12-06-10 have been potentially contaminated. This lot was shipped to distributors and retailers between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 on the East and West coasts. Bravo! initiated the voluntary recall after a routine sampling by the Washington State Department of Agriculture discovered the bacteria.

Bravo! is urging anyone who has purchased the ed to return the affected products for a refund. More details are available on its website or at its toll-free number 1-866-922-9222.

  • May 17, 2011 – Blackman Industries, Inc. of Kansas City, KS

Blackman Industries recalled all of their PrimeTime brand Premium Pig Ears (2 ct. and 5 ct.) and all of their KC Beefhide brand Premium Pig Ears (20 ct.)

Distributed between Jan. 4, 2011 and April 29, 2011. The KC Beefhide product is packaged in a red mesh nylon bag with a green and white header that says KC Beefhide and has the following UPC code 7-48976-09065-5.  PrimeTime products are in translucent plastic packages with yellow printed headers and are marked with the following UPC codes 7-48976-18316-6 on a 2 ct. package with a $3.49 retail price, 7-48976-09040-2, on a 5 ct. package with a $5.99 retail price and 7-48976-19040-9 on a 5 ct. package with a $6.99 retail price.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-913-342-5010 Monday through Thursday between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. and are encouraged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

  • May 17, 2011 – Boss Pet Products, Inc.

Diggers Natural Treat Pig Ear pet treats are recalled in an announcement by Boss Pet Products because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.

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:  OK, KS, OH, MT, CA, WA, TN, NY, MO, IL, IN, TX, MS, AL, MN, UT, IA, OR and LA.

Consumers with questions may contact Boss Pet at 1-800-445-6347 during normal business hours (9:00 AM – 5:00PM ET) or on our website at and are encouraged to return the product to their place of purchase for a full refund.

Your Dog’s Health is important to us here at Natural Dog Food’s Canine Chatter and we will continue to review recall notices and inform you about them!