The product is being recalled by the manufacturing pet food company, Evanger’s
Pentobarbital, a drug that’s used in euthanasia as well as other medical purposes, was found in one batch of Evanger’s Hunk of Beef dog food prompting the pet food company to recall five batches of the product.
A pug in Washington State named Talula passed after consuming the pet food. Talula’s owner, Nikki Mael, said that last month her four dogs became seriously ill after eating the Hunk of Beef canned food. Talula died at the emergency vet, and Tito, a second dog, still suffers from seizures after going back home with Mael.
An investigation into the incident, launched by Evanger’s, analyzed possible food contamination and eventually detected pentobarbital, a drug used in the euthanasia of animals, in one batch of the dog food. This resulted, on February 3rd, in the company announcing that it would recall all batches produced on the same week.
Evanger’s are paying for Mael’s vet bills and are going to make a donation to a local animal shelter in Talula the Pug’s name.
Pentobarbital showing in pet food:
Pentobarbital has shown in pet food before, however, these cases involved ingredients sourced from rendering plants that grind up a slew of animal carcasses from a variety of sources, but Evanger’s claimed that their product, Hunk of Beef, doesn’t include any ingredients from rendering plants and that it contains only beef.
The company suspects that meat from a euthanized animal most likely ended up in the food, causing the presence of pentobarbital. However, while the use of pentobarbital is tightly controlled, the company noted that there are no regulations requiring veterinarians to mark euthanized animals to insure that they don’t re-enter the food chain. Evanger’s terminated their contract with the supplier that deliver the contaminated beef.
Recalled Hunk of Beef batches:
The recall affects Hunk of Beef products with an expiry date in June 2020 and lot numbers starting with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB. The recall covers products in the states of Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.