No pet will ever complain about a treat being too big, but that’s exactly the reason why this batch of treats has been recalled. Fish treats produced by IcelandicPlus have been recalled because they do not meet the FDA size guidelines.
Larger fish have been linked to multiple outbreaks of botulism. The deadly nerve toxin can be transmitted to pets as well as people who handle contaminated treats.
Botulism Risk for Pets and Owners
According to the FDA, “salt-cured, dried, or fermented un-eviscerated fish larger than 5 inches have been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning in humans between 1981 and 1987 and again in 1991.”
Botulism is something of a punchline in pop culture because of Botox, the face-freezing cosmetic injection derived from the toxin. However, the food-borne pathogen is no joke. It can cause a variety of symptoms, ranging from dizziness and blurred vision to muscle weakness and difficulty breathing.
According to a CNN report, Botulism is “considered to be one of the most potent and lethal substances in the world.” If not treated promptly, the toxin can cause paralysis and eventually death. Patients may end up on a ventilator “for weeks or months,” CNN reported.
Given the coronavirus pandemic, the absolute last thing anyone should risk is developing a medical condition that requires a ventilator.
The Capelin Pet Treats, produced by IcelandicPLus LLC of Ft. Washington, PA, have been voluntarily pulled from the market out of “an abundance of caution.”
The company stated that, “despite no known illnesses in connection with our products, we have decided in co-operation with the FDA, to announce this product recall.” While no one has gotten sick, the strict guidelines are in place to ensure that consumers don’t unwittingly take risks.
Some of the fish included in packages of these treats are larger than five inches long, putting them outside the FDA guidelines. The company has promised to change the supplier for their Capelin to ensure that they don’t have this problem again.
The product comes in a clear plastic package or tube, and marked Icelandic+ Capelin WHOLE FISH, PURE FISH TREATS FOR DOGS, or PURE FISH TREATS FOR CATS UPC CODES, 8 5485400775 9; 8 5485400711 7; and 8 5485400757 5 are packaged in a 2.5 ounce tube or a 1.5 or 2.5 ounce bag (lot numbers 02/2020 to 02/2022).
If you purchased the Capelin treats, you can return it for a full refund. If you have any further questions, contact the company at 1857-246-9559. Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm EST.