Dog food recalled after deadly sedative found.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Posted by: Susan Curtis
PENTOBARBITAL, DOG FOOD - USA: RECALL
Evanger's Dog & Cat Food has issued a voluntary recall of dog food after a deadly sedative was found. Cans of "Hunk of Beef" were recalled [Fri 3 Feb 2017] after pentobarbital [a sedative] contaminated a single lot made between [6 and 13 Jun 2016].
A total of 5 dogs becoming ill and one death have been reported.
"Hunk of Beef" lots that were affected were distributed in Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
Despite the sedative being found in just one lot of dog food, the company is recalling lots made in the same week with numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and that have an expiration date of June 2020.
According to the FDA, pentobarbital can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, or even death when ingested by animals.
"In an abundance of caution, Evanger's has made the decision to voluntarily recall 5 lots of "Hunk of Beef"," the company said in a statement. "Although nearly all product involved in this recall have already been consumed by pets without incident, we have decided to initiate the recall as a proactive measure against the remote possibility of any illness.
"Although only one household in the country reported illness, out of the 5 lots that are being recalled, we feel it is the right thing to do. This is our 1st recall in the 82 years that we have been in business."
According to the statement, Evanger's is funding the bills for the sick dogs while also making a donation to a local animal shelter.