Blackman Industries, operating out of Kansas City, Kansas, has issued a recall notice for its PrimeTime Brand Premium Pig Ears and KC Beefhide Brand Premium Pig Ears. The products in question were shipped to distributors in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Once within these states, the recalled product was sold at area Alps Food Stores, Apple Markets, Bag N Save Stores, Baldwin City Market, Big V Food Stores, Brookside Market, County Fair Food Stores, Country Mart Food Stores, Dahl’s Food Stores, Feldman’s Farm and Home Stores, Franklin Food Stores,  Hen House Markets, Hy-Vee Stores, No Frills Food Stores, Price Chopper Stores, Russ’s Food Stores, SunFresh Food Stores, Super Saver Food Stores, and Thriftway Food Stores.

The recalled items were shipped between the dates of 1/4/11 and 4/29/11. The PrimeTime products, in translucent plastic bags, include two-count packages with UPC 748976183166, five-count packages with UPC 748976090402, and five-count packages with UPC 748976190409. Also included in the recall are KC Beefhide products shipped in red mesh nylon bags with UPC 748976090655.

The recall was initiated due to possible Salmonella contamination after the reported illness of a dog in Missouri. Blackman Industries has been working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to both determine the cause of the contamination and identify any further products that might have been contaminated.

Salmonella bacteria can cause diarrhea, fever, nausea, and abdominal pain in humans and animals. Infected pets might also display lethargic activity and loss of appetite. If consumers believe they or their pets have been exposed to or show signs of Salmonella infection, they should contact their veterinarian or a health professional.

For a full refund, consumers should return any recalled

product they have bought to the retailer they purchased it from.

They can also contact Blackman Industries at 1-913-342-5010 with any questions.