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« on: February 07, 2017, 12:11:08 PM »

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm539900.htm   



Evanger’s Voluntarily Recalls Hunk of Beef Because Of Pentobarbital Exposure in one Batch of Food
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For Immediate Release
February 3, 2017
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Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, IL is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because of a potential contaminant Pentobarbital, which was detected in one lot of Hunk of Beef Au Jus. Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.
The specifically-identified lot numbers (as detailed below) of cans of 12-oz Hunk of Beef being voluntarily recalled were distributed to retail locations and sold online in the following States: Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and were manufactured the week of June 6 – June 13, 2016.

Although pentobarbital was detected in a single lot, Evangers is voluntarily recalling Hunk of Beef products that were manufactured the same week, with lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020. The second half of the barcode reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the product label.

The subject recall affects 5 lots of food that were produced from its supplier’s lot of beef, which is specifically used for the Hunk of Beef product and no other products. To date, it has been reported that five dogs became ill and 1 of the five dogs passed away after consuming the product with lot number 1816E06HB13. Evanger’s is proactively issuing a recall voluntarily so as not to risk potential exposure to pentobarbital in the product.

All Evanger’s suppliers of meat products are USDA approved. This beef supplier provides us with beef chunks from cows that are slaughtered in a USDA facility. We continue to investigate how this substance entered our raw material supply.

Because we source from suppliers of meat products that are USDA approved, and no other products have had any reported problems, we are not extending the recall to other supplier lots. This is the first recall for Evanger’s in its 82 years of manufacturing. Although it has been verified that little or no product remains on store shelves, if consumers still have cans with the aforementioned lot numbers, he or she should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-847-537-0102 between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time, Monday - Friday.

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« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2017, 05:02:16 PM »

According to news stories on CNN and NBC News, dogs have been sickened by the food and at least one died.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/07/health/dog-food-recall-trnd/index.html

http://www.today.com/video/dog-food-recalled-after-euthanasia-drug-is-found-in-it-871626819890

Likely the pentobarbital came from euthanised downer cattle used in the food. But enough to sicken and kill a pug is no trace amount. Besides the fact that these cattle should not have been used for meat passed by the USDA, I feel there is no adequate explanation for this concentration--unless maybe the whole batch of food was exclusively downer cattle.

Something seems fishy here.
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« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2017, 06:17:22 PM »

Or it wasn't beef at all, but rather horse meat.  I'm told by someone who knows that the FDA is running DNA on the tainted cans to find out what species the meat is.  I have no idea how long a DNA test takes to run these days, though.
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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2017, 04:47:58 PM »

FWIW, this company has a long history of questionable practices:

http://itchmoforums.com/your-problems-with-pet-food/now-look-what-evangers-is-up-to-t14224.0.html

http://itchmoforums.com/your-problems-with-pet-food/evangers-t367.0.html

http://itchmoforums.com/your-problems-with-pet-food/evangers-t367.0.html

http://itchmoforums.com/your-problems-with-pet-food/evangers-t367.0.html

http://itchmoforums.com/your-problems-with-pet-food/copper-proteinate-t4096.0.html;msg52782#msg52782

http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/fda-warning-letter-to-evangers-pet-food-company-t12932.0.html

I could go on, but if you want more, just search for Evanger's on this forum.

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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2017, 10:03:37 AM »

Catbird, yes Evangers has a long history of filth in pet food.   But according to the latest fda report I read from Susan Thixton it sounds like no one at all is responsible for testing and making sure the meat is safe.  I always thought the FDA got in on the act at some point, but according to the post I just put on the board, that is not so.  Alarming I think.  It discusses all the agencies but then asks who is responsible and it seems no one is.  You can check my other post today.  This is a very long article, and gives names of all sorts of agencies, but then finally says no one is responsible to determining the safety of the food. 
My poor cats, I only have 11 now, frequently don't want to eat their food, and so I throw a lot away, money in the garbage can.  I don't let them get hungry to make them eat it, since I don't trust the pet food industry AT ALL. 

http://truthaboutpetfood.com/fda-provides-qa-update-to-evangers-pet-food-investigation/
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