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Pet treats sold at a dozen Minnesota stores could kill, officials warn

Consuming or even touching the treats could lead to botulism.

Freeze-dried sardine dog and cat treats sold at more than a dozen Minnesota pet stores could have a potentially fatal contamination.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has issued an advisory over freeze-dried, uneviscerated sardines sold by OC Raw Dog of Santa Margarita, CA.

That's because there's a chance it has a contamination that can cause botulism, a form of food poisoning that can be life-threatening to both pets and humans.


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Owners are advised to not feed it to their pets and to not touch the treats themselves, because humans can be infected by handling the sardines.

The product was packaged in 3.2-ounce bags labeled "OC Raw Dog Freeze Dried Sardines," with all "sell by" dates affected by the bacteria.

The MDA says it's sold at stores throughout the state but has highlighted a dozen specifically.

  • 4 Perfect Pets in Oakdale, MN
  • Atlas Pet Supply in Blaine, Elk River, and Stillwater, MN
  • Canine Crossing in Andover, MN
  • Chuck & Don’s in Savage, Coon Rapids, and Chanhassen, MN
  • Farmers Feed Supply in Owatonna, MN
  • Federated Cooperative in Isanti, MN
  • Floodwood Farm and Feed in Floodwood, MN
  • Leedstone, Inc., in Melrose, MN
  • Pet Evolution in Woodbury, MN
  • Pet Expo Distributors in Mankato, MN
  • The Pet Authority, Inc., in Albert Lea, MN
  • Urban Tails Pet Supply in Minneapolis, MN

Locations where the treats may have been sold can also be found on the product manufacturer website here.

Consumers should discard the product and are warned to not feed the product to pets even if it does not look or smell spoiled. No humans or pets have fallen ill as a result of the product at this stage.

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