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Evanger’s Voluntarily Recalls Hunk of Beef


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Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co. of Wheeling, Ill., is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because of a potential contaminant: pentobarbital, which was detected in one lot of Hunk of Beef. 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 company reported.

The specifically identified lot numbers (as detailed below) of cans of 12-ounce Hunk of Beef being voluntarily recalled were distributed to retail locations and sold online only 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 to June 13, 2016.

Although pentobarbital was detected in a single lot, Evanger’s is voluntarily recalling Hunk of Beef products that were manufactured the same week, with lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020. The second half of the barcode reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the product label.

The recall affects five lots of food that were produced from its supplier’s lot of beef, which is specifically used for the Hunk of Beef product and no other products made by Evanger’s.

To date, it has been reported that five dogs became ill and one of the five dogs passed away after consuming the product with lot number 1816E06HB13. Evanger’s is proactively issuing a recall voluntarily so as to not risk potential exposure to pentobarbital in the product, the company stated.

“This beef supplier provides us with beef chunks from cows that are slaughtered in a USDA facility,” the company stated in the recall notice. “We continue to investigate how this substance entered our raw material supply.

“Because we source from suppliers of meat products that are USDA approved, and no other products have had any reported problems, we are not extending the recall to other supplier lots,” the company continued. “This is the first recall for Evanger’s in its 82 years of manufacturing. Although it has been verified that little or no product remains on store shelves, if consumers still have cans with the aforementioned lot numbers, he or she should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 847-537-0102 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday.”

In a statement on its website, Evanger’s reported that it terminated its relationship with the supplier of the beef that was used in the Hunk of Beef product.

Evanger’s noted that it is fully funding the veterinary bills for the dogs that became ill and that it will make a donation to a local animal shelter in honor of the dog that died.

The company reported that it has been investigating the pentobarbital issue for more than four weeks and has acted “openly and transparently,” sharing all test results.

More information about the recall and investigation led by Evanger’s can be found on the Evanger’s website.

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