A Popular dog treat produced by OC Raw Dog, LLC has been recalled after the FDA determined that they had the potential to be carrying a potentially fatal dose of Botulism. On April 20, 2018, the recall was issued for OC Raw Dog’s freeze-dried sardine treats.
The FDA has become concerned with the safety of the freeze-dried sardines after concluding that the fish are larger than 5 inches long. According to the FDA, salt-cured, dried, or fermented un-eviscerated fish that are larger than 5 inches long pose a great risk of botulism.
Fish meeting that description have caused Botulism outbreaks in 1981, 1987, and 1991.While they have not confirmed any specific trace of botulism in this case, the bacteria is so dangerous that it is not worth the risk.
Botulism is a potentially fatal disease. It has been known to cause dizziness, vomiting, blurred or double vision, difficulty speaking, dry mouth, paralysis with weak muscles, shortness of breath, and nausea.
Botulism isn’t only contagious for those who ingest it, but it can easily spread to those who handle the infected items and can remain on the countertops after exposure. It is not a bacteria to be played with as it can easily become fatal.
The affected product is sold in a 3.2 oz bag labeled OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines with a UPC number of 095225853043. They were sold in California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Minnesota, Texas, and Pennsylvania.
Please check your dog treats immediately. If you have purchased any of the affected items, please return them to the store where they were purchased immediately for a full refund. If you have any questions, you can contact the company from Monday to Friday between 8 am and 5 pm at 1-844-215-DOGS.
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