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.

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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.

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.”

The full recall information appears below.

List of Evanger’s Recalls

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; 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)

The company 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.

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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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