Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food is voluntarily expanding its recall of Hunk of Beef and is also recalling their Braised Beef and Against the Grain’s Pulled Beef Products due to potential contamination with pentobarbital, a barbiturate reportedly used in animal euthanasia and human executions.
The drug was traced to one lot of food, which the company believed contained tainted meat from a supplier, leading them to recall that lot and four others packaged at or around the same time.
The original recall is on Hunk of Beef dog food with lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, 1816E13HB and have an expiration date of June 2020 – these products were all made during the same week of June 6 to 13, 2016. The products were sold both online and in retail locations in 15 states: Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner), inability to stand, coma and death. Consumers who notice these symptoms in their pets should consult their veterinarian immediately.
The 12 oz. cans of dog foods that are being voluntarily recalled have the following barcodes. The numbers listed below are the second half of the barcode, which can be found on the back of the product label:
- Evanger’s: Hunk of Beef: 20109
- Evanger’s: Braised Beef: 20107
- Against the Grain: Pulled Beef: 80001
The numbers listed are the second half of the barcode, which can be found on the back of the label. The products affected by the recall were packaged December 2015 and January 2017, and have expiration dates of December 2019 through January 2021. These products were sold nationwide in pet stores and online. To our knowledge, this recall affects only Hand Packed Beef Products, which is a unique method in which large chunks of meat are manually placed into the can by hand, and not by machine. Although it appears this potential contamination impacted a single lot, Evanger’s appears to be taking aggressive action to ensure the safety of their product and our pets.
Consumers may return any can of the aforementioned products to their place of purchase for a full refund. For any questions, clarifications or concerns, customers may contact the company at 1-847-537-0102 between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time zone, Monday through Friday. Consumers can search locations where the products are sold in their area by inputting a city or zip code. Click here to find locations in your area that are selling the product, and where you are also able to return the items for a full refund.
Distributors and online retailers were previously notified of this voluntary recall on Feb. 27. If you have any concerns around products you may have purchased from Evanger’s, please call the phone number above or contact your supplier or veterinarian right away.
~The Local Dog Daily team
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