The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is warning pet owners not to give their dogs freeze-dried, uneviscerated sardines made by OC Raw Dog because the treat has the potential to be contaminated with a bacterium which can cause botulism, a life-threatening illness that can affect pets that have consumed the product or people who have handled it.
The product was packaged in a 3.2-ounce package labeled “OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines”. All “sell by” dates of this product are affected. The product was sold at pet food stores throughout Minnesota including Farmers Feed Supply in Owatonna and Pet Expo Distributors in Mankato.
Consumers should discard the product and are warned to not feed the product to pets even if it does not look or smell spoiled. There have been no reports of illness in dogs, cats, or people.
Separately, OC Raw Dog is recalling Lot #3652 of “OC Raw Dog Chicken, Fish & Produce” after Listeria was found in a sample of the product.
The recalled products — Meaty Rox, Doggie Sliders, and Doggie Dozen Patty Bag — have a “Use By” date of 10/11/18. They were shipped to Minnesota and several other states.
MDA officials said owners should wash hands and surfaces thoroughly after handling raw pet food, and clean and disinfect all surfaces that the raw food touched, like countertops, microwaves, refrigerators and objects like knives, forks, and bowls.