Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, IL has voluntarily recalled select lots of its Hunk of Beef product due to potential pentobarbital contamination.
According to the release, the effects of pentobarbital in animals can cause side effects including, “drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.”
Hunk of Beef products involved in this recall come in packs of 12-oz cans and include lot numbers that have an expiration date of June 2020 with the following lot numbers:
The second half of the barcode of recalled products reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the Hunk of Beef product label.
These recalled cans of 12-oz Hunk of Beef cans were distributed to retail locations and sold online in the following states: Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and were manufactured the week of June 6 – June 13, 2016.
The recall was initiated because pentobarbital was detected in a single lot of Hunk of Beef products. According to a company release, Evangers chose to recall additional Hunk of Beef products that were manufactured the same week out of an abundance of caution.
As of February 3, the date of the release, “…it has been reported that five dogs became ill and 1 of the five dogs passed away after consuming the product with lot number 1816E06HB13.”
Evangers is investigating how the substance entered their raw material supply.
Pet owners who still have cans of recalled products with lot numbers listed above are advised to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. You can also contact Evangers with any questions at 1-847-537-0102 between 10:00 am to 5:00 pm CST, Monday through Friday.