Salmonella Concerns Prompt Another Pig Ear Recall

Boss Pet Products Inc. is recalling its Diggers Natural Treat Pig Ears due to possible contamination with salmonella.

 Diggers Natural Chews

Several shipments of  Diggers Natural Chews Pig Ears have been recalled due to salmonella concerns.

One of Boss Pet’s suppliers, Keys Manufacturing Co. Inc., has notified the company that a batch of its pig ear treats tested positive for salmonella. Keys, which issued a voluntary recall of its own Pig Ears for Pet Treats earlier this month, identified several shipments of potentially affected products that were shipped out under the Diggers brand in November 2010 through April 2011.

Boss Pet said it has been working with the FDA to identify any products that might contain the bacteria, while the manufacturer of the product and the FDA are continuing the investigation to determine what caused the problem.

The recalled Diggers Natural Chews Pig Ears are as follows:

  • 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    
They have been distributed in:
Alabama, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri Montana, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and Washington.

Consumers who have purchased Diggers Natural Chews Pig Ear products are urged to return them to their place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Boss Pet at 1-800-445-6347 or visit the Boss Pet website.

Pets with salmonella infections may become lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever and vomiting. Some pets may only experience a decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. Pet owners should contact their veterinarian immediately if their pet consumed the recalled treats or is experiencing any of the above symptoms.


People handling the treats can become infected with salmonella, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the product or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with salmonella may experience some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Although rare, salmonella can result in more serious ailments.

For more information on the Keys Manufacturing Co. Inc. recall click here.


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Brenda   Glasgow, KY

5/23/2011 12:13:08 PM

I only use "Better than ears" for my dogs. Highly digestable, and safe. Thanks for the timely article(s).

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Brenda   Arlington, TX

5/23/2011 5:27:03 AM

Thank you so much for these alerts. Fortunately, I have not bought any of these products but will pass it on to my Facebook animal group to spread the word. Love your newsletter

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Marie   Bowerston, OH

5/21/2011 7:57:32 PM

Thank you for making everyone aware of this recall. Pigs ears are not good for dogs. I have heard that many times from vet's and dog trainers. Glad you printed this info.

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Lenita   San Pedro, CA

5/20/2011 8:47:49 AM

Most veterinarians say never to give any dog pig ears or hoofs of any kind as they upset the stomach so I stay away from them. Greenies are the best.

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