Two more companies are recalling pig ear dog treats after a supplier, Keys Manufacturing of Paris, IL, found that a batch of the pet chews tested positive for Salmonella.

One dog has been reported to have become ill because of contaminated pig ears.

Boss Pet Products’ recall is for Diggers Natural Treat Pig Ear pet treats, which were distributed from November, 2010 through April, 2011 in MT, CA, WA, OK, TN, NY, KS, OH, TX, MS, AL, OR, UT, IA, MO, IL, IN, LA, and MN.

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).

Recalled pig ear treats can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Boss Pet at 1-800-445-6347 during business hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET) or on the company’s website at 

Blackman Industries of Kansas City, KS is recalling its PrimeTime brand 2 ct. and 5 ct. Premium Pig Ears and all KC Beefhide brand 20 ct. Premium Pig Ears.

These products were distributed in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota and sold through many of the following retail outlets:  Price Chopper Stores, Hy-Vee Stores, Hen House Markets, Bag N Save Stores, Dahl’s Food Stores, Baldwin City Market, SunFresh Food Stores, Apple Markets, Brookside Market, Franklin Food Stores, No Frills Food Stores, Alps Food Stores, Big V Food Stores, Country Mart Food Stores, Thriftway Food Stores, County Fair Food Stores, Super Saver Food Stores and Russ’s Food Stores and Feldman’s Farm and Home Stores.


The recalled pig ears were distributed between Jan. 4, 2011 and April 29, 2011. PrimeTime pig ears 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. 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.


Consumers can tell the difference between the recalled product and the new product by the placement of a production code on the new product located on the back of the product (i.e.2011FBC). A similar code beginning with 2011 and the production run is also printed on the bags under the Made In USA label.


The recalled PrimeTime or KC Beefhide pig ear products can be returned to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-913-342-5010 Monday through Thursday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m..

Salmonella can affect animals eating the product and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the product 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 a pet has consumed the recalled product and has these symptoms, a veterinarian should be consulted.