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RECALL: Raw Dog Food Snack Faces Potential Clostridium Botulinum Contamination

Written by: Molly Weinfurter
Molly Weinfurter is a writer for iHeartDogs, and she’s passionate about helping animals in need. She volunteers for Bailing Out Benji and a local dog rescue.Read more
| Published on July 26, 2023

Many dog parents favor raw food for its high-quality ingredients, but like any other pet food, it can have risks involved. Keeping an eye out for dog food recalls is the best way to ensure that your dog stays safe. These recalls aren’t just for meals, but they can also impact the snacks your dog consumes.

“What the Raw?” provides raw food and treats to give dogs savory, nutritious meat flavors without the added fillers and preservatives that many other dog treat options have. The company takes safety seriously, so after a concern with one of their products arose, they issued a voluntary recall. They sell their products online and at in-person stores in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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What Product Was Recalled?

The company recalled 184 containers of their Single Dried Sardines. The sardines were packaged in shrink wrap, and they were potentially contaminated with Clostridium Botulinum (bacteria that causes botulism). Botulism is a rare condition that can lead to paralysis in dogs, so talk to your vet right away if your dog ate a recalled product.

Here are the specific lot codes and expiration dates affected by this recall:

  • Lot Codes: 250402202223, 121110202122, 210510202324, 141228202223, 210620202324
  • Expiration Dates: 11/10/22, 04/02/2023, 12/28/2023, 05/10/2023, 06/20/2024

No other What the Raw? products were impacted by this recall. It’s unclear what caused the recall, and luckily, there are no reports of pets getting sick after eating this food.

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What to Do with the Recalled Product

If you purchased a product with one of the lot codes above, dispose of it right away. Clean any surfaces that the treats could’ve touched, such as counters, bowls, and containers.

If your dog ate the recalled product, keep an eye out for unusual symptoms, such as digestive issues like vomiting or diarrhea. Dogs displaying unusual behaviors after consuming the food should visit the vet since botulism is a serious condition. It’s always better to be safe than sorry with your furry friend’s health.

The company has not given any more information about what to do with the recalled product. You may be able to contact your place of purchase for a refund.

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