If it seems like practically every other day there’s some new head-turning pet food recall announcement turning up in your social media feed — well, that’s because there is.
In the last half of 2016, we had a grand total of 4 dog or cat food recalls. But now, in just 16 days of February, we’ve already been deluged with 7 pet food recall announcements. Honestly, we’ve never sent out so many email alerts in such a short span of time.
It gets worse. We suspect there will be even more recalls to come over the next few weeks.
Here’s what’s going on. There are basically 2 different events that are causing recalls right now:
Recall Event #1: Metal/Foreign Material
All of the pet foods in this grouping were manufactured at the same place: the Simmons Pet Food canning facility. If a contaminant got into one brand’s cans one day, then it also might have gotten into other brands’ cans that day.
Recent recalls for this reason:
- Triumph Ocean Fish Formula cat food (Feb. 15)
- Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe dog food (Feb. 13)
- Wellness: Various canned cat foods (Feb. 10)
- Companion: 3 kinds of canned dog foods (Feb. 8)
- Grreat Choice Chicken and Rice dog food (Feb. 8)
Recall Event #2: Pentobarbital
OK, this is the truly frightening one. I got goosebumps when I first heard about it earlier this month. Somehow, meat containing pentobarbital — a powerful euthanasia drug — may have made its way into some pet food.
One dog died after reportedly eating some of the food. His stomach contents contained pentobarbital, according to lab tests. Additional tests on the food itself are underway.
Obviously, all of this is quite concerning. Thankfully, the issue seems to be very limited. The FDA is still investigating, so we’ll have to wait for more information.
Recent recalls for this reason:
- Against the Grain: Pulled Beef With Gravy Dinner for Dogs (Feb. 14)
- Evanger’s Hunk of Beef dog food (Feb. 3)
“This is a very challenging time, but we welcome any opportunity to connect and offer transparency and information,” Evanger’s spokesperson Erin Terjensen told Petful earlier this month. The company blames the potentially contaminated meat on a beef supplier and “a lack of regulation.”
I suspect this isn’t the last time we’ll be seeing pentobarbital in the news again in the coming days, because Evanger’s manufactures food for a number of other brands. More recalls may follow. We’ll be watching this story closely.
Next week, we’ll take a look at some of the other pet food companies whose food is made by Evanger’s, and we’ll ask them what they’re doing to make sure their food isn’t tainted. We’re also planning a deeper dive into Evanger’s history.
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