April 20, 2018 — OC Raw Dog, LLC of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, is recalling its OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines product because it has the potential to cause botulism.
Botulism is a deadly disease caused by a toxin-producing bacterium known as Clostridium botulinum.
The toxin itself is one of the most potent poisons known and can be fatal to both pets and humans.
The following products are affected by the recall:
OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines
Size: 3.2 oz bag
UPC Code: 095225853043
To date there have been no reported illnesses of dogs, cats, or persons in any connection with the sardines.
Where Was It Sold?
The affected product was shipped to distributors in the following states with the intent to be sold to wholesalers… who in turn sell to consumers.
The OC Raw Dog Freeze-Dried Sardines product would be found in independent pet specialty stores within the following states:
What Caused the Recall?
The product is being recalled because the sardines in the package exceed the FDA compliance guideline for fish larger than 5 inches.
The FDA has determined that salt-cured, dried, or fermented un-eviscerated (un-gutted) fish larger than 5 inches have been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning between 1981 and 1987… and again in 1991.
OC Raw was notified by the Minnesota Department of Food and Agriculture after a sample of its OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines was collected and determined to contain un-eviscerated or intact un-gutted fish that measure 6 to 6.5 inches.
This is greater than FDA guidelines of 5 inches for un-eviscerated fish.
This product has not tested positive for Clostridium botulinum.
Minnesota Department of Food and Agriculture also tested the product for Salmonella where the test returned negative.
Clostridium botulinum can cause severe and potentially fatal toxicity in both animals consuming the pet treat and people handling the pet treat or coming in contact with contact areas that have been exposed to the product.
Common symptoms may include dizziness, blurred or double vision, trouble with speaking or swallowing, difficulty breathing, muscle weakness, abdominal distension, and constipation.
Pets or persons experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.
OC Raw Dog is a family owned and managed by passionate dog enthusiasts who take very seriously the safety and wellbeing of its consumers and clients.
We are dedicated to producing a safe and quality product.
Because safety and quality is our priority we are conducting this voluntarily recall, we will be changing our sardine suppliers to insure the new Sardines are less than 5 inches.
Or if larger, the fish will be eviscerated.
We will continue to only use ingredients and products that are USDA certified and inspected for Human Consumption.
What to Do?
Distributors, retailers and consumers who have purchased OC Raw Dog’s Freeze Dried Sardines can return it to the location where it was purchased for a full refund.
Consumers with questions may contact the company at 844-215-3647 Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM PT.
U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.
Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.
Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.