FEBRUARY 3RD UPDATE: EVANGERS HAS ISSUED A VOLUNTARY RECALL FOR THEIR HUNK OF BEEF CANNED DOG FOOD. READ MORE AT: http://tinyurl.com/hpc8deu.
This is Talula’s story.
Once upon a time (not long ago), Talula’s owner served her and her three pug housemates a meal of Evanger’s Hunk of Beef canned dog food. Within 15 minutes, all four dogs were staggering. By the time they arrived at a local veterinary emergency clinic, all four were “limp.” Three dogs eventually recovered after veterinary intensive care treatment (although one now suffers from seizures).
Talula was not so lucky, she passed away.
This disturbing story was reported by NBC4i.com on January 3, 2017. On that very same day, Evangers directed their distributors to remove all Hunk of Beef canned dog food from their store shelves. (The affected product was manufactured in June 2016 with a Lot Number of 1816E06HB13.)
The Test Results
Tests carried out by the Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health (DCPAH) revealed the dog’s stomach contents tested positive for pentobarbital (a drug used to euthanize animals); and the “feed” (pet food) tested positive for pentobarbital.
The lab report stated:
a “large quantity” of pentobarbital was found – and “If this sample came directly from a can, this is an urgent matter and needs to be reported to the FDA…””
The family posted this image to their Instagram account on January 29, 2017:
BUT WAIT … It’s MORE than an “Evangers” Issue
Maybe you don’t feed your family dogs Evanger’s Hunk of Beef canned dog food; but there’s STILL room for concern. Here’s why:
“Evangers Pet Food manufactures numerous brands of pet food for other pet food companies (co-packs).
Thanks to Lorin Grow of Furry Face Pet Food Store in Redlands, CA – Evangers Pet Food has a very unique lot code stamp on their canned foods.
“Only Evanger’s stamps their cans on the rollers meaning their stamps are in a semi-circle instead of just straight on the can.“ If the lot code stamp on your can of pet food is in a semi-circle (as opposed to a straight line) – you can safely assume the pet food was made at Evangers.”
(Source: TruthAboutPetFood.com; picture of an Evangers code stamp provided by one of the readers of Truth About Pet Food)
To learn more, click here to read the full story at TruthAboutPetFood.com.