Recall: Evanger’s Has Expanded Their Previous Recall of Dog Food

March 1, 2017

Evanger’s has added to their previous recall. In a letter to their distributors and retailers dated today, 2/28/2017, the Sher family who owns the company state their case, while announcing an additional voluntary recall of the following:

Evanger's Hunk of Beef Recall

Evanger’s: Hunk of Beef: Item # 776155

Dog Food Recall
Evanger’s: Braised Beef: Item # 776150

Another Evanger's Dog Food Recall
Against the Grain: Pulled Beef: Item # 776107

These products were manufactured between December, 2015, and January, 2017, and have expiration dates of  December, 2019, and January, 2021. To date, the company has not received any reports of illnesses caused by the products in this newest recall and say they are recalling the dog food “out of an abundance of caution” because of the potential for pentobarbital in the food.

Consumers who have any of these products should return them to their place of purchase for a refund.

Pentobarbital can cause drowsiness, nausea, dizziness, loss of balance and even death in animals that ingest it.

Evanger’s disputes some of the Food & Drug Administration’s findings and their side of the story is written in the link above. We consumers don’t know where the truth lies but it pays to be very cautious when it comes to the health of our pets.

Editor’s Update:

As expected, the FDA has responded with their comments in their release about Evanger’s expanded recall of 3 types of canned dog foods.  Check out this link for the FDA response to Evanger’s claim that the supplier of meat they used was inspected by USDA-APHIS as that organization “specifically processes meat for pet foods” and that FDA was shown the supplier’s USDA-APHIS number, ” which is also on every pallet that comes in from the supplier and on their bills of lading and invoices,” and that the FDA ignored that. In the FDA response, they said that the supplier’s export certification had expired and their APHIS number is no longer valid.

The FDA also responded to Evanger’s claim that pentobarbital is allowed in pet food in certain amounts by explaining that there is NO acceptable amount of pentobarbital allowed in pet food and such presence renders the food adulterated.

If you are concerned about the claims and counterclaims that appear to be ongoing in this Evanger’s Pet Food situation, I urge you to read both links. I think you will form your opinion based on what you read, but I expect there will be more to come.  Stay tuned….

*Update:  An April 17, 2017, report from discusses a pet food consumer who had food tested at the Texas A & M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab after her foster dog became ill. Pentobarbital was found in the foods tested. The company website’s FAQ page stated that their products are sourced from the United States, except for lamb and venison. No specific locations were mentioned. But according to, the manufacturer was notified on April 13, 2017, about the pentobarbital in the foods. That manufacturer was Evanger’s Pet Food. You can read about the testing, including the lab results here.  The affected dog foods have not yet been recalled, because this was a private testing and results were just shared, but I’m sure we’ll read more about this in time to come.

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