Evanger’s recalled five batches of “Hunk of Beef” dog food after five owners reported their dogs fell ill after consuming the product and one of them died. Afterwards, it was discovered that the food contained a high amount of barbiturate Pentobarbital.
The company issued the recall for fear that some dog owners might still have unopened cans and they warned them not to feed their pets from those cans.
The Illinois company Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food announced the recall on February 3rd on the official website of the Food and Drug Administration. The five batches recalled contained 12-ounce cans of “Hunk of Beef” dog food, with the expiration date set to June 2020.
According to the company, these batches were manufactured in the second week of June 2016. The products have been distributed to shops in 15 states, including Washington, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, Georgia, Florida, California, Illinois, Maryland, South Carolina, Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, and Massachusetts.
However, the recall does not include all dog food. Only 12-ounce cans with certain lot numbers are dangerous. Thus, if you purchased a 12-ounce can of Evanger’s dog food, search for the following numbers: 1816E13HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E03HB, 1816E06HB, and 1816E07HB. If you see one of these numbers, make sure you do not feed your dog the contains of the can.
It should be easy to identify a recalled can, since the expiration date must be set for June 2020. However, if you still encounter difficulties in identifying the products, the cans with the dangerous levels of barbiturate Pentobarbital have barcodes that end in 20109. Look on the back of the product’s label and you find the barcode.
In case your dog has consumed the dangerous product, veterinarians revealed the signs you should look for. Barbiturate Pentobarbital works as a sedative. Thus, if your dog experiences dizziness, nausea, drowsiness, loss of balance, or even excitement, take it to the first veterinarian so as to avoid the most unpleasant of scenarios.
For other dog owners, you can stay calm. Evanger’s reported that the ingredients used in “Hunk of Beef” are not to be found in other of their products. They declared that they would make further investigations to see how the dangerous substance got mixed with the other ingredients and would take the necessary measures against the guilty ones.
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