More dog food recalled for euthanasia drug

FDA photo of Evanger's recalled dog food.

UNDATED (WOOD) — An Illinois pet food company is expanding its recall of dog food due to possible contamination with a euthanasia drug.

In February, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company recalled some cans of Hunk of Beef Au Jus pet food after detecting a lot was contaminated with the drug pentobarbital, an anti-seizure drug that in larger doses can cause death. Five dogs were sickened after eating the food, and one of them died.

Now, out of an abundance of caution, the company says it is pulling two more products: Braised Beef and Against the Grain: Pulled Beef.

Recalled 12-ounce cans will have the numbers 20109 for Hunk of Beef, 20107 for Braised Beef or 80001 for Pulled Beef ending their barcode. Affected products were manufactured between December 2015 and January 2017 and have expiration dates between December 2019 and January 2021.

Customers can return the recalled products wherever they were bought for a full refund. Anyone with questions can call Evanger’s between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday at 1.847.537.0102. Learn more here.

The investigation by the FDA is ongoing and includes examination of the suppliers of beef to Evanger’s and Against the Grain to determine a possible cause for the presence of pentobarbital. The FDA is also coordinating with the USDA to address any possible areas of shared jurisdiction at the suppliers.

Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner), inability to stand, coma and death. Consumers who notice these symptoms in their pets should consult their veterinarian, according to the FDA.

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