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Dog food recalled, linked to one death

Evanger's is recalling the dog food out of an abundance of caution after one dog died, the FDA said. (Source:KATU/CNN) Evanger's is recalling the dog food out of an abundance of caution after one dog died, the FDA said. (Source:KATU/CNN)
Nikki Mael's pugs got sick after eating dog food. One of them died. (Source: Nikki Mael/KATU/CNN) Nikki Mael's pugs got sick after eating dog food. One of them died. (Source: Nikki Mael/KATU/CNN)

(RNN) - Evanger's Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, IL, is recalling some of its Hunk of Beef product out of an abundance of caution because of concerns it could be contaminated with pentobarbital, a euthanasia drug, the FDA said.

After eating the product, five dogs became ill, and one of them died.

A Washington woman said her dogs got sick in January after eating the food on New Year's Eve, KATU reported. 

Though pentobarbital was found in only one lot, Evanger's has recalled all Hunk of Beef products made the same week - June 6 – June 13, 2016 - with lot numbers beginning with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and with an expiration date of June 2020. The second half of the bar code reads 20109.

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

The company said in its statement, "We feel that we have been let down by our supplier, and in reference to the possible presence of pentobarbital, we have let down our customers." The company said it has ended its relationship with the company that provided the tainted beef.   

Evanger's said that it has conducted more research on the presence of pentobarbital and was shocked to find that the drug often is found in dry food, according to FDA research, because euthanized animals wind up in the dry food chain.

"We were unaware of the problem of pentobarbital in the pet food industry because it is most pervasive in dry foods that source most of their ingredients from rendering plants, unlike Evanger’s, which mainly manufactures canned foods that would not have any rendered materials in its supply chain," Evanger's said.

The company also said its raw materials are sourced from USDA-inspected facilities.

Evanger's said that the company is fully funding veterinary bills for the dogs that became ill and will be donating to a shelter in honor of Talula, the pug who died after eating the food.

Evanger's said it was the first recall in its 82-year history.

Though little or no product remains on store shelves, if people have cans with the lot number, they can return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Customers can contact the company at 1-847-537-0101 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.

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