Evanger’s Expands Pentobarbitol-Tainted Dog Food Recalls

Evanger’s Dog & 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 pentobarbitol, according to the U.S. Food & 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-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 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. This voluntary 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 rather than by a machine.

Consumers may return any can of the recalled products to their place of purchase for a full refund. Customers with questions may contact Evanger’s at 1-847-537-0102 between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time, Monday – Friday.

Click here to read the original recall of Evanger’s dog food.

Click here to read the original recall of Against the Grain dog food.

Click here to read the FDA’s most recent advisory.

Image courtesy FDA.