Against the Grain Recall History and Pet Food Brand Info

Important Against the Grain recall information appears below.

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Brand Name: Against the Grain
Product Lines:
Against the Grain Pulled Chicken With Gravy, Against the Grain Pulled Beef With Gravy, Against the Grain Chicken Mayflower With Turnip, Against the Grain Chicken Polyhauai’i
Against the Grain Pet Foods
221 South Wheeling Road, Wheeling, IL 60090
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Against the Grain Company Overview

Against the Grain Pet Food, founded in 2003 by twins Brett and Chelsea Sher, is dedicated to producing grain-free pet food for dogs and cats. With a strong focus on carnivorous diets, their products feature 85%-100% high-quality meat, sourced from select suppliers without artificial growth hormones and GMOs.

The company prides itself on transparent practices, showcasing the quality of its ingredients through hand-filled canned foods. Manufactured in the United States at the Evanger’s plant, their mission is to enhance pet health and life quality through nutritious, safe, and palatable products. Against the Grain emphasizes the enjoyment and well-being of pets, paralleling human dietary experiences.

Has There Ever Been an Against the Grain Recall?

There has been an Against the Grain recall, according to our research.

In February 2017 an Against the Grain recall was issued because pentobarbital — a drug used for euthanasia — may have been in the food. This recall came in conjunction with one by Evanger’s, which manufactures Against the Grain’s pet food. The recall did not involve any other products from Against the Grain, aside from the specified Against the Grain recall items.

Against the Grain said in a statement on its website, “There have been ZERO reports of any illness to our company and the FDA, but this has been issued out of an overabundance of caution.”

Against the Grain Recall History

February 2017
Cause: Potential for pentobarbital. Announcement: Company announcement dated Feb. 3, 2017 (archived here) and subsequently updated March 6, 2017 (archived here); FDA report dated Feb. 3, 2017; FDA report dated Feb. 14, 2017; letter to retailers dated Feb. 28, 2017. What was recalled: 12 oz. cans of the following products:

  • Evanger’s Hunk of Beef (Item #776155)
  • Evanger’s Braised Beef (Item #776150)
  • Against the Grain Pulled Beef (Item #776107)

Evanger’s first issued a limited recall, then eventually expanded it into a full recall of 3 separate varieties of pulled-beef canned pet foods from both Evanger’s and Against the Grain.

Dog food recalls are one thing, but what was so horrifying about this one was the nature of the possible contaminant: a barbiturate called pentobarbital, which doubles as a euthanasia drug.

According to the FDA, “Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner), inability to stand and coma.”

Petful wrote a comprehensive, 3-part article breaking down exactly what happened: “Evanger’s Recalls 2017: How Did a Euthanasia Drug Get Into Dog Food?”

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