Dog Food Sold in California Being Recalled

The U-S Food and Drug Administration says a voluntary recall is underway for Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food, and that recall is expanding to include even more products.

Being recalled are Evanger's Hunk of Beef, Evanger’s Braised Beef, and Against the Grain’s Pulled Beef canned dog food due to potential adulteration with pentobarbital.  Pentobarbital is a short-acting barbiturate.  It slows the activity of your brain and nervous system, and the drug is sometimes used as a short-term treatment for insomnia.  It is also used as an emergency treatment for seizures.

Pentobarbital can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, inability to stand, coma and even death.  If your dog has eaten any of these food and exhibits these symptoms you should get help from your veterinarian.

Photo courtesy of the US FDA

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 potentially tainted dog foods were manufactured between December 2015 and January 2017, and have expiration dates of December 2019 through January 2021.  They were distributed online and through independent boutique pet stores nationwide, including in California.

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, not machine. 

If you bought any these suspect cans of dog food you may return them to the store for a full refund.  For any questions, customers may contact the company at 1-847-537-0102 between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time, Monday - Friday.

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