The following recall announcement was posted on the FDA’s site on Aug. 27 and confirmed with a Brutus & Barnaby representative.
Brutus & Barnaby of Clearwater, Florida, is recalling all size variations of our pig ears for dogs because it has the potential to be contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.
Healthy people infected with salmonella should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever. Rarely, salmonella can result in more serious ailments, including arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation and urinary tract symptoms. Consumers exhibiting these signs after having contact with this product should contact their healthcare providers.
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, please contact your veterinarian.
Bags of our pig ears were distributed throughout all states via Amazon.com, Chewy.com, Brutusandbarnaby.com and the brick-and-mortar Natures Food Patch in Clearwater, Florida.
The product is identified by our trademarked logo and says “Pig Ears 100% Natural Treats for Dogs.” These were available in 4 different sizes:
- 8 Count
- 12 Count
- 25 Count
- 100 Count
Brutus & Barnaby has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.
Consumers who have purchased Brutus & Barnaby pig ears are urged to destroy any remaining product not yet consumed and to contact the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-489-0970 Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. EST.