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Euthanasia Drug Discovery Prompts Dog Food Recall

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Evanger’s Dog and Cat food announced the voluntary recall of five lots of their Hunk of Beef dog food after a sedative used in euthanasia was found.  The testing of cans was prompted after the death of one dog and four others became sick.

Dog owners should be on the look out for products manufactured between June 6 through June 13, 2016, with lot numbers that start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020.

Evanger’s released a statement on their web site saying, “in our investigation, we spoke with many suppliers to learn how it could even be possible that an animal that had been euthanized could ever possibly end up in the animal food stream. What we learned was that pentobarbital is very highly controlled, and that, if an animal is euthanized, it is done so by a veterinarian.  Once this process has been done, there is absolutely no regulation that requires the certified Vet to place any kind of marker on the animal indicating that it has been euthanized and guaranteeing that product from euthanized animals cannot enter the food chain. This is a simple task, and goes a very long way to ensure safety in many areas.”

Anyone with questions can feel free to call the company at 847-537-0102, Mon-Fri, 10 am – 5 pm CT.

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