Make Sure Your Dog Wasn't Affected
Pentobarbital, a chemical that is often used in the euthanization process for animals, has been found in traces of a popular brand of dog food. A recall has been instated, and most of the proper steps in solving this problem are currently being taken.
According to a press release put out by the company, Evanger’s, they first received word that some dogs had gotten sick around New Year’s Eve after eating their “Hunk of Beef” brand of canned dog food. Since then, five dogs have gotten sick but only one has actually died.
That’s no reason not to take this recall seriously. Read on to find out if your dog food was part of the recall.
A Voluntary Recall
This issue is for anyone who has purchased Evanger’s Hunk of Beef wet dog food in the past few months. Despite the reported contamination in such a small handful of dogs, the company has voluntarily recalled its entire lot from the product in question.
In a press release from the company, all lot numbers starting with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and that have a June 2020 expiration date, have been recalled to avoid further incidents.
If you purchased this dog food in Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, or Florida, the FDA urges customers to check their cans.
What to Do If This Applies to You
If your pet has consumed the contaminated dog food, seek immediate veterinary care for testing. Much like dealing with a poisoning victim, time is a huge factor in this scenario. Evanger’s has offered to cover all veterinary expenses for animals that have eaten food from the contaminated lot.
If not, throw away any “Hunk of Beef” brand food and go get some more! Newer lots of the brand have all tested clean, thankfully.
But How Could This Happen?
According to the Evanger’s investigation into the cause of this issue, they have found that when an animal is euthanized, it must be done so by a certified veterinarian. However, once that process is completed, there is no regulation for the vet to mark the euthanized animal and stop it from being reintroduced into the animal food chain. Therein, they believe, is where the problem arose.
The company is taking huge strides to make sure that after this is all over, it never happens again. Like most dog food manufacturers, third parties (farmers) supply most of the actual animal product. They are working towards new regulations that would stop euthanized animals containing even the slightest traces of pentobarbital to not be reintroduced into the food chain.