A voluntary Dog Food recall was announced because the food contains a drug used to anesthetize or put down pets – Pentobarbital . This is the first recall for the company in its 82-year history.

Pentobarbital was found in one lot of the dog food resulting in five dogs getting sick, and one died, according to the Wheeling, Ill.-based company, Evangers.

Evanger’s Voluntarily Recalls Hunk of Beef Due to Pentobarbital Exposure in One Batch of Food

Wheeling, IL – (February 3, 2017) Out of an abundance of caution, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, IL is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because of a potential contaminant Pentobarbital, which was detected in one lot of Hunk of Beef. Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.

The dog food was sold online, nationwide, and in stores in 15 states.

WHAT TO DO: In addition to fully-funding the veterinary bills for the dogs that became ill, Evanger’s will be making a donation to a local shelter in honor of Talula the Pug.

Although it has been verified that little or no product remains on store shelves, if consumers still have cans with the aforementioned lot numbers, he or she should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-847-537-0102 between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time, Monday – Friday.

Evanger’s will continue its unwavering commitment to pet nutrition and health, and our family greatly values the incredible partnership and continued trust with pet owners in the U.S. and across the world.

To get the very latest, up-to-date information, please visit the FDA recall website as well as the site linked above.

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