OC Raw Dog Food Recall

OC Raw Dog Treats | Recent Dog Treat Recall

It has been a while since I’ve had to tell you about a dog treat recall, but here we go. This one could be pretty serious so if you have purchased or know a dog owner who may have purchased the OC Raw Dog freeze-dried sardines, I definitely recommend reading on!

Recalled Treat

This recent dog treat recall is for the OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines produced by OC Raw Dog, LLC based in Rancho Santa Margarita California.

This recall involves the 3.2-ounce bag of freeze-dried sardines that have the UPC code 095225853043. You can find this UPC code on the backside of the bag located in the bottom right-hand corner.

Reason for Recall

These freeze-dried sardine Raw Dog treats have been recalled because they have the potential to cause botulism. Botulism toxin is produced by a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum, which means these freeze-dried sardines may potentially be contaminated with Clostridium.

Botulism caused by the botulinum toxin is an incredibly potent poison and can be deadly to pets and humans.

How Was It Discovered?

The Minnesota Department of Food and Agriculture collected a sample of the OC Raw Dog freeze-dried sardines. Upon collection, it was determined that the sardines included as these treats exceed the FDA compliance guidelines regarding fish size as they measured in at 6 to 6.5 inches in length.

Based on former outbreaks of botulism disease, the FDA has determined fish of this length have a greater likelihood of being contaminated with Clostridium botulinum.

Deeper Explanation

The FDA has found that salt-cured, dried, or fermented un-gutted fish greater than 5 inches in length have been linked to botulism poisoning outbreaks between the years 1981 and 1987, as well as in 1991. Since fish greater than 5 inches in length have been linked to botulism outbreaks, the FDA instituted a compliance guideline indicating salt-cured, dried, or fermented fish over 5 inches in length must be gutted.

Due to this FDA guideline, the OC Raw Dog sardine treats have been recalled because it was found their length exceeded the 5-inch requirement.

At this point in time, there have been no reported cases of botulism due to these treats in dogs, cats, or humans.

Test Results

It’s important to note that the sardine sample did not test positive for Clostridium botulinum, only that they have a higher likelihood of being contaminated due to their size.

In addition to testing the sample for Clostridium botulinum, the Minnesota Department of Food and Agriculture also tested the sample for Salmonella. These test results were also negative.

Where Could I Have Purchased It?

These freeze-dried sardine treats were shipped to distributors in the following states:

  • California
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas

These distributors would sell the treats to wholesalers who then sell them to customers. If these treats made it to the shelf you would have found them in independent pet stores in the listed states.

Info About Botulism

The Clostridium botulinum bacteria creates the botulin toxin which is potentially fatal to animals and humans. Dogs eating these treats or humans who have touched a contaminated treat and then touched their eyes, nose, mouth, etc, could become contaminated with botulism.

Symptoms common with botulism poisoning are:

  • difficulty breathing
  • muscle weakness
  • dizziness
  • trouble speaking or swallowing
  • blurred or double vision
  • constipation
  • abdominal distention

If you or your pet are displaying any of these symptoms after potentially eating or coming in contact with some of the freeze-dried sardine treats seek medical attention immediately!

OC’s Response

OC Raw Dog, LLC vouches that quality and safety are of utmost priority. Because of this, they are conducting a voluntary recall on their dried sardine treats. In addition, they will be evaluating and changing their sardine suppliers to assure sardines measure less than 5 inches for future batches of treats. If the sardines are larger than 5 inches they will be gutted first.

OC indicates they are dedicated to producing safe products of high quality and that they will continue to use only USDA-certified and inspected ingredients and products intended for human consumption.

What should I do?

If you purchased the OC Raw Dog freeze-dried sardine treats it is recommended that you stop feeding them to your dog immediately and bring the remaining sardines in the package back to where you purchased them for a full refund.

You can also contact OC Raw Dog at 844-215-3647, 8 AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday with any questions or comments.

To read the original FDA recall alert click HERE.


While no contaminated freeze-dried sardines have been discovered at this point and no illnesses reported, it’s important to keep an eye on your pet and yourself for the onset of symptoms. If you think your dog is acting strangely after eating some of these treats it’s best to err on the side of safety and contact your dog’s veterinarian for advice and possibly schedule an appointment.

Did you purchase these treats for your dog? Let us know about your experience here in the comments.

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