Alert! Dog Families Beware! Another Dog Food Recall

Right now, go look through your pet treats and food and make sure that your pets are no consuming anything made by Big Heart Pet Foods and owned by J.M. Smucker’s.  This popular dog food brands have been found to contain traces of euthanasia drugs, including Pentobarbital, a drug used to euthanize dogs, cats, and horses. Tragically many dogs have already died.

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What Brand Names To Look For:

  • Evanger’s
  •  Gravy Train,
  • Meow Mix
  • Milk-Bone
  • Kibbles’nBits
  • 9 Lives
  • Natural Balance
  • Pup-Peroni
  • Gravy Train
  • Nature’s Recipe
  • Canine Carry Outs
  • Milo’s Kitchen
  • Alley Cat
  • Jerky Treats
  • Meaty Bone
  • Pounce
  •  Snausages

If you have any of these items in your home, do not allow your pets to consume them.

“Pets that eat pet food containing pentobarbital can experience drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner) and inability to stand. Consuming high levels of pentobarbital can cause coma and death,” read a February 16 statement from the FDA.

Did you know that the generic “meats” and “meals” can contain euthanized animals- Dogs, Cats, and horses? These can be family pets or animals that were left more than a week at a animal shelter.  That’s just awful.  And what is worse is that it is a practice so common that some pets have become tolerant to the drugs.

What To Do about the Dog Food Recall

The FDA is monitoring for reports of any pet illnesses associated with pentobarbital contamination in these products. Consumers can report complaints about this and other pet food products electronically through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators.

Please do not feed your pets the withdrawn lots of J.M. Smucker pet food. Please safely dispose of the cans and/or contact the firm for information about returning the product.

If you think their pets may be sick from eating food contaminated with pentobarbital should contact their veterinarians immediately.

Click here for more information about the recall.

This isn’t the first time

For the last year, this company has recalled their food a few times.  Why is this still an issue?

Actual FDA Bulletin from 2017.

The FDA was unable to determine from available records whether any other Evanger’s or Against the Grain products made with beef contain any of the beef that went into the recalled products.

Additionally, the agency concluded an inspection of the manufacturing facilities on February 14, 2017, and noted numerous significant concerns with conditions found at both the Wheeling, IL and Markham, IL plants.

These are initial observations and do not represent a final agency determination regarding the firm.

Following discussions with the FDA, Evanger’s initiated a voluntary recall on February 3, 2017, of certain lots of its 12-ounce Hunk of Beef canned dog food: 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, all with an expiration date of June 2020.

In the course of the investigation, the FDA tested two cans of Against the Grain brand canned Grain Free Pulled Beef with Gravy dog food manufactured in the same facilities as Evanger’s products and using beef from the same supplier: these samples also tested positive for pentobarbital.

On February 9, 2017, after conversations with the FDA, Against the Grain voluntarily recalled lot 2415E01ATB12 BEST DEC 2019 of this product.

The company issued a public notice about its recall on February 13, 2017. To date, the FDA is not aware of any pet illnesses associated with the Against the Grain product.

The FDA began investigating Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company Inc. when it learned about five dogs in a single household that suffered acute neurological symptoms shortly after eating the product.

One dog was euthanized after secondary complications, and three others recovered after receiving veterinary care. One of the dogs treated remains on seizure medication, and the fifth dog that ate the least amount of food recovered with time.

The stomach contents of the deceased dog and an open can of the product were tested by an FDA Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network lab, and unopened cans of the product from the pet owner and retailer that sold the products (from the same production lot), were tested by FDA’s lab.

All of the samples tested positive for pentobarbital.

In its recent press release announcing a limited product recall, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company, Inc. stated that the beef for its Hunk of Beef product came from a “USDA approved” supplier.

However, the FDA reviewed a bill of lading from Evanger’s supplier of “Inedible Hand Deboned Beef – For Pet Food Use Only. Not Fit For Human Consumption” and determined that the supplier’s facility does not have a grant of inspection from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The meat products from this supplier do not bear the USDA inspection mark and would not be considered human grade.

USDA-FSIS regulates slaughter of animals for human consumption only.

Testing by USDA-FSIS of Evanger’s Hunk of Beef confirmed that the meat used in the product was bovine (beef).

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.

Consumers with cans of product subject to the facilities’ voluntary recalls should refer to the firms’ respective press releases for information about returning the product.

Enough is Enough!

I was so mad when I realized that one of these brands, Evanger’s Jerky treats had actually made it home into our house. We are always so careful, but I think someone saw they were grain free and wanted to give a little something special to our dog Riley.

Our bag went right into the garbage today.

But this isn’t the first time. In fact this is the fourth recall of pet food because of finding drugs in the food after animals start dying. What the hell?? We are watching our beloved dogs die because they can’t stop using dirty meat?

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We are very careful with our dogs. Sadly,We lost a dog a few years ago to suspected poisoning. She was an amazing and loving member of our family that was simply gone within a week. I still can’t get over how quickly it happened, and the first question our vet asked was what food she’d eaten and the look on his face when I told him it was the popular Purina brand that was recalled weeks later for poisoning dogs across the country.

Please, go make sure you don’t have any of these brands in your home.

Who we use for our dogs

We love TruDog. They have a great small business company with quality treats and food.  Our Wynter is super picky about everything and she’s always excited to get her food from them.

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I love that I can understand every ingredient that goes into their food and treats.  I’ve thought about going raw for our dogs, but to be honest, raw is expensive and time consuming.

We also have a dog that has Adison’s disease and needs a very special diet. He needs grain free, soy free, and corn free. This means we read the ingredients of everything that goes into his mouth. We know that the wrong thing can mean fighting weeks of infections and costly vet visits.

We love TruDog and we highly recommend them.  But even if you don’t use them, please look at make sure you aren’t feeding your pets this recalled brand.

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One comment

  1. I just recently rescued and so thankful my first stop was Especially for Pets. They gave me a run down of some great options of grain free, etc. I have settled on Open Farms. Natural, healthy, and grain free. There are many others too. It’s unfortunate that similar to human food, the cheaper the food, the worse it is for you.

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