Recalled: Evanger’s Hunk of Beef Canned Dog Food

5 lots are recalled because of the possibility that it contains pentobarbital, a euthanasia drug.

Evanger’s Hunk of Beef canned dog food

Maker: Evanger’s
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 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

The affected products were sold in Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

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.”

UPDATE: More information about this recall.

There were more recalls in 2017. See the previous one:

Previous Recall

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  1. Greg Reply

    Ok, what??? How does that even happen?

    1. Marnie J Harrell Reply

      The beef was euthanized with it most likely, so it’s not safe or legal, for human consumption, so it gets sold to other markets.

  2. James Spiars Reply

    Makes no sense just sad

  3. SnoKat Reply

    I’ve read about this before, but hoped we had better watch groups now. Evidently we don’t, which means this is only the tip of the iceberg! The reason for the drug being found in this pet food is because sometimes shady pet food companies PUT EUTHANIZED DOGS AND CATS IN THEIR FOOD! Yes, this is true!! You’re better off giving your pets high grade food from reputable companies (that have no business with China), or better yet, preparing whole foods for them at home.

    1. Melissa Smith Reply

      Let’s cross our fingers that the only good thing to come out of this will be a kick in the butt to those who are supposed to be monitoring our pets’ food!

  4. david Reply

    This is why I only feed Salmon based dog foods to my dog. No beef, no lamb, no chicken product as euthanization drug not an option for fish. I hope!