Pig Ear Recall

August 1, 2019

To our loyal customers:

The following is directly from FDA.GOV 

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, together with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State partners, investigated a link between pig ear pet treats and human cases of salmonellosis.

As of October 30, 2019, CDC reports that this outbreak appears to be over, as the rate of new human illness reports has slowed and returned to baseline levels. During the outbreak, there were 154 cases of human infection tied to exposure to pig ear pet treats with Salmonella enterica serotypes I 4,[5],12:i:-, Cerro, Derby, Infantis, London, Newport, and Rissen in 34 states. CDC reported that many of these cases were multidrug-resistant. Thirty-five people were hospitalized. Ill people ranged in age from less than one year to 90 years. Twenty-seven illnesses were among children younger than 5 years.

The FDA has traced back some of the pig ear treats associated with cases of illness to sources in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia. Three U.S. firms associated with cases in the outbreak have recalled. Some of these treats have tested positive for Salmonella.

Based on the slowed rate of human illness reports, the FDA and CDC are no longer recommending that people avoid purchasing or feeding pig ear pet treats entirely. If you choose to feed pig ear pet treats, you should exercise caution and practice good hygiene to prevent human exposure 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 the treat contacted, washing hands, and not allowing your pet to lick you, your family members, or surfaces in your home."

The recall did NOT involve any pork product distributed by Sancho & Lola’s Closet. We are a company run by pet owners. We never leave something as important as safety up to chance. We have two pork product manufacturers who follow human-grade regulations and practices. These manufacturers make our maple-smoked pig ears, pig ear krunchers, pig snouts and pig ear strips in a USDA federally inspected human grade establishment. They source their raw products from domestic USDA inspected plants. They thermally process their pork products to USDA Fully Cooked status. Then they continue to smoke the products until they reach a shelf-stable water activity level. These steps are proven to kill harmful bacteria that could be present, including salmonella. To ensure this, each batch is tested for salmonella once it leaves the smokehouse. All batches of pig ears and other pork products must test negative for salmonella.  

With these safety measures in place, we are confident our manufacturers have established controls to mitigate the risk of salmonella. Additionally, our products contain no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors because our mission is to provide only the highest quality all-natural, limited-ingredient and safe treats for your fluffy family members. You can feel confident you’re buying the best for your pets.

Note that our Jumbo pig ears are actually "sow ears". These are the only pork product we carry that are not made in a human-grade facility, but they are sourced and made in the USA in a USDA Certified facility. The current FDA recall stems from concern on pig ears sourced and made in South America and sold to 2-3 big-box retailers who buy them on the open market in huge containers at the cheapest price. Irradiation should be used for all products made outside the USA, however, since this step adds to the cost, this protocol is not always followed by importers of pig ears who are 'bargain shopping'.  This, unfortunately, puts a cloud on the whole industry. 

Respectfully,

Lynette, Founder

Sancho & Lola's Closet