Evanger’s Pet Food

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Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company, Inc. was started by Fred Evanger in 1935. He wanted a better nutritional food for his Great Danes, whom he bred and exhibited. He built a factory at the kennel so he could make and can his own dog food on site.

The company is still family-owned and operated and was the first pet food company to hand-pack its canned foods.

Evanger’s Quick Facts

Brand line includes: Evanger’s Grain Free Venison with Fruits & Veggies for dogs, Evanger’s Raw Gently Dried Beef Tripe for dogs, Evanger’s Raw Gently Dried Beef Lungs for dogs, Evanger’s Grain Free Pheasant with Fruits & Vegetables for dogs, Evanger’s Pheasant and Whitefish Dry Food for cats, Evanger’s Organic Braised Chicken Dinner for cats, Evanger’s Organic Turkey & Butternut Squash Dinner for cats, Evanger’s Maximum Turkey for Ferrets
Cost: $$$
Company: Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company, Inc.
Headquarters: 221 South Wheeling Road, Wheeling, IL 60090
Contact info: 847-537-0102, email, website

Has Evanger’s Ever Been Recalled?

Yes. In February 2017, a dog died after reportedly eating Evanger’s Hunk of Beef canned dog food. Testing turned up pentobarbital, a drug administered for euthanasia, in the dog’s stomach. The company voluntarily recalled 5 specific lots of the food out of an abundance of caution. No other lots of Hunk of Beef or any other Evanger’s products were recalled. According to the FDA, “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.”

A recall expansion notice was issued on February 28, 2017 to include 2 additional Evanger’s products for the same cause.

List of Evanger’s Recalls

February 2017

Cause: Potential for pentobarbital. Announcement: Dog Food Advisor and a letter to retailers dated February 28, 2017. What was recalled: 12-ounce cans of the following products:

  • Evanger’s Hunk of Beef: Item #776155
  • Evanger’s Braised Beef: Item #776150

Cause: Potential for pentobarbital. Announcement: Company announcement dated Feb. 3, 2017; FDA report dated Feb. 3, 2017. What was recalled: The following lots of Hunk of Beef canned dog food:

  • Lot #1816E03HB, UPC Code ending in 20109
  • Lot #1816E04HB, UPC Code ending in 20109
  • Lot #1816E06HB, UPC Code ending in 20109
  • Lot #1816E07HB, UPC Code ending in 20109
  • Lot #1816E13HB, UPC Code ending in 20109

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