IcelandicPlus Voluntarily Recalls Capelin Pet Treats


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Out of an abundance of caution, IcelandicPlus LLC of Ft. Washington, PA, is recalling its Capelin Pet Treats because some of the fish have exceeded the FDA compliance guideline for fish larger than 5 inches. The FDA has determined that salt-cured, dried or fermented uneviscerated fish larger than 5 inches have been linked to outbreaks of botulism poisoning in humans between 1981 and 1987 and again in 1991.

Since some IcelandicPlus Capelins are larger than 5 inches, there is a possible health risk. To date there have been no reported illnesses of dogs, cats, or persons in connection with Capelin, nor have there been any positive test results for Clostridium botulinum from any IcelandicPlus Capelin. Because of the potential risk, and despite no known illnesses in connection with the products, the company decided in co-operation with the FDA to announce this product recall.

Clostridium botulinum toxin can cause severe clinical signs including death in both animals consuming the pet treat and people handling the pet treat or coming in contact with contact areas that have been exposed to the product. Common symptoms may include dizziness, blurred or double vision, trouble with speaking or swallowing, difficulty breathing, muscle weakness, abdominal distension, and constipation. Consider that several of the listed symptoms, such as double vision, cannot be easily assessed in animals or conveyed by an animal. Pets or persons experiencing these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

The affected Capelin product was shipped to distributors in the United States with the intent to be sold to consumers via independent pet retail stores within all states in the U.S. Below are the products affected by this recall:

Product Names Sizes UPC Codes

Best- By Date

  • Icelandic+ Capelin WHOLE FISH
  • Icelandic+ Capelin PURE FISH TREATS FOR DOGS
  • Icelandic+ Capelin PURE FISH TREATS FOR CATS

2.5-ounce tube

1.5-ounce bag

2.5-ounce bag

8 5485400775 9

8 5485400711 7

8 5485400757 5

02/2020 to 02/2022

According to the recall announcement on the FDA website, “IcelandicPlus is family owned and run by pet parents who take the safety and wellbeing of its consumers and clients with the utmost importance, as such we are conducting this voluntarily recall to further protect our customers. Additionally, we are changing our Capelin supplier to ensure that the fish in our product are consistently less than 5 inches, or if larger, they will be completely eviscerated.”

Distributors, retailers and consumers who have purchased any of the affected products can return them to the purchase location for a refund. Customers with questions should call 1-857-246-5959 Monday – Friday, 8AM – 5PM EST.