Recall: Jones Natural Chews Pig Ears

The Jones Natural Chews Co company is recalling pig ears due to salmonella contamination. Please note that the pig ears are sold under a few different names—Jones Natural Chews, Blain’s Farm & Fleet, & Country Butcher Dog Chews.  So far, there’s no info. on the company’s website. Boo!  The recall is due to tests preformed by the Washington State Dept. of Agriculture.

These are the products included in the recall:

  1. Jones Natural Chews Co Pig Ears 2pk bag with header card —item upc 741956001047, lot 2420
  2. Jones Natural Chews Co Pig Ears bulk 100ct box —box upc 741956001139, lot 2490, 2560, 2630, 2700, 2840, 2910, 2980
  3. Jones Natural Chews Co Pig Ears bulk 50 ct box —box upc 741956001504, lot 2490, 2840
  4. Jones Natural Chews Co Pig Ears bulk 25ct box —box upc 741956001467, lot 2700
  5. Jones Natural Chews Co Pig Ears 1pk shrinkwrapped —item upc 741956001146, lot 2700, 2840, 2420
  6. Jones Natural Chews Co Pig Ears 10pk printed bag—item upc 741956001405, lot 2420, 2560, 2630, 2840
  7. Blain’s Farm & Fleet Pig Ears 10 pieces bag—item upc 741956001405, lot 2560
  8. Country Butcher Dog Chews Pig Ears 1pk shrinkwrapped —item upc 741956001511, lot 2630
  9. Country Butcher Dog Chews Pig Ears 1pk shrinkwrapped —item upc 741956001146, lot 2420
  10. Country Butcher Dog Chews Pig Ears 12pk bag —item upc 741956001245, lot 2910

What you need to know about Salmonella

Salmonella can cause serious illness in cats and dogs and cross-contamination to humans is possible resulting in serious illness.

The FDA Recall Policy

It’s important to understand how FDA recalls work.  These voluntary recalls are not exactly voluntary, which isn’t at all clear to most people.  There are two problems, first the recalls are called voluntary because the FDA has no power to demand a recall.  The FDA doesn’t actually require recalls, they request them.  If a company refuses, the FDA can seize product and shut down operations.*  So, technically all recalls are voluntary.  However, because of liability issues, companies pretty much have to conduct a recall or face litigation and a court ordered recall.  So not so voluntary.**  

And this is important because secondly, the term ‘voluntary’ implies the danger of the product may not be all that great, that the company had a choice about the recall, that the company is recalling the product out of the goodness of their heart.   

For more information, here is are:

*[“The FDA can order a recall only under unusual circumstances. These include, but are not limited to, infant formula recalls, medical tissue product recalls (such as skin graft cultures) and medical device recalls where there’s a significant risk to a patient if the device is not used in its mandated and recommended way.”]

**(The exception is if the company initiates the recall first and informs the FDA, which tends to happen when the company conducts their own internal testing.  This sort of recall IS voluntary in the true sense of the word.)

Procter & Gamble Buying Natura Pet Products

This is so disappointing.  Procter & Gamble is acquiring Natura Pet Products which was a privately held company that produced high quality pet foods—Evo, Innova, Karma, California Natural, Healthwise and Mother Nature. (We use Innova and Evo.) Quality brands often seem to go downhill once they are bought by the large conglomerates.  Look at Science Diet (Colgate-Palmolive Company), Iams (Procter & Gamble), Eukanuba (Procter & Gamble), & Nutro (Mars).  Craptacular.

U.S. Marshalls Raid PETCO Warehouse

Rat droppings

Feds seized undisclosed pet food products at an Illinois PETCO warehouse at the request of the FDA because they were stored in unsanitary conditions. In April, the FDA found “widespread and active rodent and bird infestation”. Apparently PETCO didn’t take these findings too seriously since a second inspection in May found “continuing and widespread infestation”—including “live and dead rodents and birds on or around the food containers, some of which had been gnawed and defiled by excrement”.

This one warehouse supplies 16 states:

  • Alabama
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

Although no illnesses have been reported yet, the FDA warns that people who have handled PETCO products in these states should thoroughly wash their hands in hot, soapy water. Surfaces and food bowl that came in contact with PETCO products should also be washed. Products packaged in can and glass containers should also be thoroughly washed.

If your pet has become sick from eating PETCO food, you need to file a complaint with your local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator. I would assume that this also applies if people have become sick as a result of handling these products.

At this time, PETCO has nothing on its website about the raid.

Menu Foods Reaches Settlement In Pet Food Class Action


Menu Foods has reached a tentative settlement in the class action suit brought by owners of pets killed or sickened due to contaminants in Menu Foods products. Del Monte Foods Inc., Nestle, Procter & Gamble, Xuzhou Anying Biologic Technology Development Co. Ltd. in Pixian, China, and Suzhou Textile Import & Export Co. in Jiangsu, China were also named in the suit.

In 2007 cats and dogs began falling ill and dying from kidney problems. The FDA eventually found melamine and cyanuric acid in many different pet foods. New recalls were being announced daily and over 60 million containers of food were recalled.

You can find out much more on previous recalls on my Pet Food Recall Archive Page.