Warning Horse Meat Found Pet Food. Evangers Dog Food plans to recall all pet foods with beef for concerns over Pentobarbital in the food.
Joel Sher, VP of Evangers admitted to a reporter that DNA analysis found horse meat in their pet food. Independent testing results showed beef, as well as horse DNA.
Testing was ordered after a dog died and others sickened from complications caused by pentobarbital in their canned dog food. A drug typically used by veterinarians to euthanize animals.
The results are surprising considering the FDA also conducted species analysis testing on the implicated pet food and they confirmed it was beef. The FDA said in a statement:
In another admission on another website, Joel Sher also confessed that the company plans to recall all Evanger’s pet food products containing chunks of beef. The article states,all of the company’s foods containing “chunk beef” will be recalled.
It is unclear, at this point, which brands with beef or “chunks” of beef will be recalled. A search of Evanger’s website revealed it’s Hunk of Beef style pet food products are no longer sold on their website.
It is also unclear whether the reason for the pending recalls will be for adulteration with horse meat or fears that other brands may also contain pentobarbital or both.
This news that other Evanger’s brands are in the process of being recalled is not particularly surpising. The FDA could not confidently say whether other brands did not also contain the deadly drug.
This news comes on the heels of an FDA warning consumers not feed certain lots of Evanger’s pet food to their animals. The FDA press release cautioned: “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising pet owners and caretakers not to feed their pets certain lots of Evanger’s. Including canned Hunk of Beef or Against the Grain,Grain Free Pulled Beef with Gravy canned dog food. Unopened cans from both brands were found to contain pentobarbital, a barbiturate.
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