Possible Barbiturate Contamination Leads to Voluntary Recall of Against the Grain Dog Food

Out of an abundance of caution, Against the Grain Pet Food is voluntarily recalling one lot of Against The Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that was manufactured and distributed in 2015, due to the potential presence of the barbiturate pentobarbital. Consumers can identify the recalled 12-oz. cans of Against the Grain canned dog food by looking for an expiration date of December 2019, a lot number 2415E01ATB12, and a UPC ending in 80001.

Eating food contaminated with pentobarbital can cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea nystagmus (with) eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner, inability to stand and coma, according to the recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration website. To-date, no complaints have been reported to Against the Grain for this single lot number. However, Against the Grain dog food is manufactured by Evanger’s, and in January 2017 five dogs were sickened and one died in from pentobarbital exposure after eating Evanger’s Hunk of Beef dog Au Jus canned dog food, which was also recalled.

This voluntary recall only affects one lot of food, which was distributed in 2015 to independent pet retail stores in Washington and Maryland. It has been verified that this lot is no longer on any store shelves, but may still be in the possession of consumers.

Consumers may return any can with the aforementioned lot number to their place of purchase and receive a full case of Against the Grain food for the inconvenience. For any questions, customers may contact the company at 708-566-4410 between 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM Central Time, Monday – Friday.