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Pig Ear Pet Chews Recalled for Salmonella

A Connecticut company that makes raw diet pet food and all-natural treats is recalling certain boxes of Bravo! Pig Ears Chews because they may be contaminated with Salmonella.

The Vernon-based Bravo! said routine sampling by the Washington State Department of Agriculture revealed the products contained the bacteria. The company said it has not received any reports of illness in either people or animals associated with the pet chews.

The recall involves only Bravo! 50 ct bulk oven-roasted Pig Ears with the product code: 75-121 Lot # 12-06-10.  The Bravo! Pig Ears were shipped to retailers on the east and west coasts between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28, 2011. The company has no product left in inventory from this batch of pig ears. 

Consumers who purchased the recalled pig ears are urged to return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions about the recall should visit www.bravorawdiet.com or call toll free 1-866-922-9222 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Salmonella not only can can affect animals, but there is risk of infection to humans who handle contaminated pet products. Wash your hands after contact with the pet chews or any surfaces exposed to these products.

Pets with Salmonella infections may be lethargic and have diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting. Some pets will have only decreased appetite, fever and abdominal pain. Infected but otherwise healthy pets can be carriers and infect other animals or humans. If your pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, contact a veterinarian.


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