Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food voluntarily expanded its recall of Hunk of Beef dog food and is also recalling Evanger’s Braised Beef and Against the Grain’s Pulled Beef Products due to potential adulteration with pentobarbital, according to the United States Food and Drug Administration. Distributors and online retailers were previously notified of this voluntary recall on February 27th.
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.
The 12-ounce 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 three products being voluntarily recalled were manufactured between December 2015 and January 2017, and have expiration dates of December 2019 through January 2021. These products were distributed online and through independent boutique pet stores nationwide.
Consumers may return any can of the aforementioned products to their place of purchase for a full refund for the inconvenience. For any questions, customers may contact the company at 1-847-537-0102 between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday.
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Horse meat and a deadly drug, used to euthanize animals, were found in cans of recalled Evanger’s Hunk of Beef dog food, but how they got there remains a mystery, reported Petfood Industry. Evanger’s vice president blamed his meat supplier. Yet, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspected the supplier’s plant and found systems in place to keep euthanized animals out of the food stream, reported Food Safety News.