Against the Grain Dog Food Recall of February 2017

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February 14, 2017 — Against the Grain Pet Food is voluntarily recalling one lot of Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs because it may be contaminated with pentobarbital.

Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Canned Dog Food Recall

What’s Recalled?

  • Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs
  • 12 ounce can
  • Lot Number: 2415E01ATB12
  • UPC Code (second half): 80001
  • Expiration Date: December 2019

About Pentobarbital

Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner), inability to stand and coma.

To date, no complaints have been reported to Against the Grain for this single lot number nor any of Against the Grain’s pet foods.

Where Was It Distributed?

The recalled product was distributed (in 2015) to independent pet retail stores in the following states:

  • Maryland
  • Washington

The company has verified that the affected lot is no longer on any store shelves.

What to Do?

Consumers may return any can with the relevant lot number to their place of purchase and receive a full case of Against the Grain food for the inconvenience.

Customers with questions may contact the company at 800-288-6796 between 11 AM and 4 PM Central Time, Monday through Friday.

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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  • Patrick Gilson

    Has your dog been checked for worms??

  • Bobby dog

    Darned cats is right…even my horses like my cooking!! πŸ˜‰

  • Bobby dog

    You can do all meat or add some carbs too. It is geared towards a lower carb diet. Next time I am going to try the original blend. I forgot to switch last time I ordered a bottle. I originally ordered the Carnivore Blend so I could make my kitties meals too. Turned out they just don’t like my cooking.

  • Crazy4cats

    With the Carnivore Blend supplement, are you required to just add meat to it? I have their other supplement and I add meat, a carb and veggies to it. My dogs, of course, love it too.

  • Bobby dog

    My dog loves, loves, loves his Balance IT days. I only make about two homemade meals per week. I use the Carnivore Blend. It’s very easy and convenient. I also love how simple I can make the meals. The biggest plus for me is all the ingredients can be found at the grocery store.

    The PP EN Gastro Naturals canned fat is 2.5% min. and RC Gastro is 1 – 2.5% max fat. It might be worth a look at with your Vet while your dog is healing.

  • Akex

    Thanks for the info. She is on the low fat gi canned food. How do you like the balance it ? Is your dog thriving on it? I would love to try it..I just haven’t gotten around to calling them and starting it.

  • Pitlove

    WOW Aimee! Thanks for posting those links! Very interesting to know that the DNA test came back positive as bovine meat. Guess that means this supplier was euthanizing cattle after all.

    I’m honestly not shocked by the discoveries the FDA made when they visited both plants. I can see Evangers cutting corners like that since they have in the past. Hope this recall helps people understand that they need to go beyond the attractive ingredient list and investigate the company itself.

  • Bobby dog

    Not sure which RC formula your dog is on, but Pro Plan has a “Naturals” Rx line. You might like the ingredients a little better if that’s what is concerning you about the RC formula. Maybe discuss with your Vet. Chewy.com sells it.

    Rx line:
    https://www.proplanveterinarydiets.com/products/#for-dogs

    Gastro formula:
    https://www.proplanveterinarydiets.com/products/en-gastroenteric-naturals-dog/

    I have looked into Just Food for Dogs before, but settled on Balance IT for homemade meals. Check it out if it doesn’t work out for your pup:
    https://secure.balanceit.com/

  • Akex

    Thanks she has been pretty good, only once in a month has a loose stool. She was never too bad, always plenty of energy and wanting to eat, just was always loose and a little blood once. Dr said she just got into something or needs more limited ingredient. I just want to get her off the Royal Canin, it’s $70 a week and the ingredients are disgusting. I’m thinking some ‘only natural pet’ dry and I’ll put her on a local made balanced human food for dogs called ‘Just Food for Dogs’. Just can’t do it too quickly.

  • Bobby dog

    The third paragraph in the FDA letter released today is deja vu all over again…very scary.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Akex:
    They have their own manufacturing facilities. Contact them with any questions.
    https://www.royalcanin.com/contact-us

    Here’s more info:
    https://www.royalcanin.com/about-us/royal-canin-history

    I hope your pup gets better soon!!

  • Akex

    Does anyone know if the royal canin prescription canned low fat gi food is made in evangers plant? My Siberian husky Lucky has to be on it for sensitive tummy/diarreaha for last couple months. I’m trying to transition her off it
    but the vet says it’s the best for diarreaha.

  • Akex

    I agree. You say you won’t give canned. But why do you think the dry food won’t have the same problem? I got to get my dog off all commercial food. Sucks she has to be on royal canin RX canned for her tummy. I’m starting to see if she can tolerate the human ingredient locally made food that’s complete and balanced. Unfortunately it’s only available here in Southern California. http://justfoodfordogs.com

  • Crazy4cats

    Oh my, these are the reports from this latest incident. They almost bring tears to my eyes. I hope no one loses anymore pets due to their neglectfulness.

  • aimee

    Sheryl,
    The FDA found that the food was adulterated under the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act. Regulations do exist.

    The food was recalled because it tested positive for pentobarbital not because ” it was only recalled because of the association with that supplier”

    In the recall notice the company reported “we source from suppliers of meat products that are USDA approved” Yet the FDA found “suppliers facility does not have a grant of inspection from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.”

    Please read the FDA reports.

    http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofGlobalRegulatoryOperationsandPolicy/ORA/ORAElectronicReadingRoom/UCM542050.pdf

    http://www.fda.gov/downloads/AboutFDA/CentersOffices/OfficeofGlobalRegulatoryOperationsandPolicy/ORA/ORAElectronicReadingRoom/UCM542046.pdf

    and the recent update http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm542265.htm

  • Sheryl

    I know, right?! Crazy that the FDA and supplier lacks so many regulations

  • Sheryl

    it’s great that they made a voluntary recall to protect everyone, then! That’s very proactive πŸ™‚

  • AngryPatriot5

    More reasons to feed your dogs a raw, organic diet. This reminds me of the Diamond Pet Foods fiasco years ago where the company was selling their product to many different pet food brands. It resulted in many dead and seriously ill animals. Please don’t believe advertising and the AAFCO seal of approval are true. It’s all BS to get you to buy their products. FYI, Merrick has their own rendering plant in TX. Another brand I’d never give to any living creature.

  • John Harkrader

    If they aren’t, then they are allowing animals that have been EUTHANIZED to be used in their food …. No other way to get that chemical in there !!!!

  • Rosemarie Flagiello

    I know someone with 4 pugs, 3 got sick and one died. So much for voluntary recall.

  • Sheryl

    How old is this video?

  • Sheryl

    I know cattle and horses were euthanized and that’s why they put the voluntarily recall out. No one would ever suspect that that would be happening. That’s why this is a lack of regulations issue, not an against the grain issue

  • Renee Fortin

    I do not feed my fur child any canned food and now that I know they use euthanized pets I want to vomit. WOULD YOU FEED YOUR CHILD A DEAD HUMAN? And don’t give me “its not the same” BS. Watch Soylent Green. I’m disgusted.

  • COLTY

    The DRUG is in the dead pets they grind up and put in the food. NOT the drug put into the food!

  • COLTY

    EXACTLY!!!!!!!!

  • alexa

    Could you give more detail as to what you look out for? You say you’re careful which foods you use but I’m just curious what you look for that is acceptable vs not acceptable. I keep trying to learn more and more so I can make the most educated choice in dog food. Thanks!

  • Bobby dog
  • k9education

    You think cattle and horses to be used in dog food are “euthanized”? You need to educate yourself. They have their throats slit; they aren’t lovingly put to sleep using pentobarbital. The presence of pentobarbital almost certainly means that this food contains rendered domestic animals.

  • John Harkrader

    The correct statement here needs to be >>>> BY LAW, THEY CAN USE ROAD KILL/EUTHANIZED ANIMALS. IF THIS DRUG WAS/IS IN THEIR FOOD, THEN FOR SURE 100 PERCENT THEY HAVE EUTHANIZED ANIMALS IN THEIR FOOD !!!!

  • Pitlove

    Hi David-

    This product is co-packed by Evangers. That is why it was effected by the contaminated meat.

  • Debbie Hudgens

    Most of Evanger’s canned food is labeled Kosher. Obviously someone is lying. This goes beyond not testing.

  • COLTY

    If one owns the property NO PROBLEM to have the grave to visit, BUT DO NOT forget people when you bury an animal to go deep and use LYME so other predators DO NOT dig them up to consume!!!!!!!!

  • COLTY

    I make them well aware that I will know if the said ashes were not obviously animal for the ashes must contain bone fragments. I would expect smaller bones if a smaller dog and MUCH larger for my BIG BOYS. I realize that it may not be BUT it still is comforting to think/feel you did right by them. One must have over the many years of caring for their beloved companion gained a TRUST with their Veterinarian and NOT have to question their integrity, period!

  • Lori Cooper
  • Lori Cooper

    Yes David, that’s exactly how it happens. Any animal sent to rendering plants go into the large vats for processing and then made into most dog foods. That would include road kill, diseased and dead farm animals, euthanized pets that are left for the vet to dispose of, etc. . .

  • Anonymous

    Human grade should mean NOT cannibalistic, and should mean NOT feeding pets meat that’s tainted with drugs or riddled with cancers.
    My raw fed group doesn’t eat what most would consider “human grade” food because I feed raw organs and feet, tongue, and other things we’d find undesirable. But it’s clean sourced from healthy animals. I really don’t see how that’s too much to ask.

  • Anonymous

    Paula the same thought has occurred to me. I’m sure the quality of crematoriums vary, but to be safe…we do a burial so I’m 100% sure…

  • David Roney
  • Sheryl

    It’s Pentobarbital and it is used to euthanize cattle and horses, which was not regulated by the FDA. It’s the meat suppliers and the FDAs fault for letting it get through in my opinion. You can check every dry food on the market and you will probably find it in some form in every single product. It’s unfortunate.

    I think you may be missing the point?

  • David Roney

    Think you’re all missing the point here. Penobarbital is used to put down animals so what is that drug doing in my dog’s food???? are they grinding up
    euthanized cats and dogs for food???? Second recall for phenobarbital showing up in canned dog food in a week! The other one was Evangers hunk of beef canned dog food.

  • mayberry

    Euthanized animals, some with their flea/tick collars have been picked up, rendered down in Vats and sold to suppliers as meat meal. Pictures have been shown on line.

  • Sheryl

    I spoke on the phone with one of the customer service operators at Against the Grain this morning because I was shocked to see this post. This is what I found out…As it turns out, Pentobarbital is allowed from the lack of regulations by USDA and FDA. Against the Grain tested every single batch of the pulled beef but the one batch shared a certain supplier related to a previous recall, so it was only recalled because of the association with that supplier. Against the Grain issued the voluntary recall to be overly cautious and they assured me that they now test every batch for this and no longer use that specific beef supplier. I found this to be really interesting and their team answered most of my questions to make me more confident about their food and understanding the dog food. Hope it helps you all!

  • Paula Buchanan

    I do too, COLTY, but how can we be sure we are actually getting our pets ashes. They may be selling them out the back door, while giving us fireplace ashes! THIS MAKES ME SICK!!!!

  • Deborah

    It deeply saddens and sickens me to hear this information that any manufacture would use a drug known to be used in executions/euthanasia in the food we feed to our fur baby family members. I’m speechless.

  • Rosemarie Flagiello

    I always heard of them using dead dogs, I just never believed it or never wanted to believe it until I watched it on 20/20 years ago. I remember reading that is what Meat byproduct is, “dead Dogs, Cats, Etc”.

  • Rosemarie Flagiello

    I agree with you…. we all most be the voice for them.

  • GhostRecon55

    Large animal vets call pentobarbital “Blue Death” because it’s dyed blue for identification. I watched a vet put down a good sized horse that was hit by a pick-up truck one night. The vet injected into the horses carotid artery. Watched the horses eyes glaze over and it was dead before it hit the ground. Vet said it’s very humaine for critically injured animals. He said they feel nothing, they just go to sleep forever.

  • Marilyn

    I know they use or used to use dead animals, pigs, cattle, etc. from the rendering plants, but had never heard of them using dead dogs, etc.. unless those poor babies ended up with the livestock at the rendering plant.

  • Just ask the AXIS

    Where do I start?

  • Just ask the AXIS

    This IS pretty bad, but we’re all going to be recycled at some point.

  • Robin S

    Industry not regulated.

  • Robin S

    Let us not forget the Chinese melamine that poisoned pets a few years back. China sold it to US petfood makers as a cheap way to add protein. No testing till pets died. Then they test!

  • Just ask the AXIS

    Oh, my apologies. I did not catch the part where they included the collar and tags.

  • amy kaufman

    Yes

  • Robin S

    Testing??!! That’s a laugh.where did you get that idea?

  • Robin S

    right, it’s not just cheap foods. I’ve always been suspicious of the big companies like checkerboard square, remember? They used to own Jack in the box and make dog food at the same time! Now they make that s#!T beneful. Or Benoffal, it should be called.

  • Robin S

    It’s soylent green for pets!

  • Robin S

    I’ve read from a dogfood truther (truther, which I am fundamentally wary of) That the pet food industry is not regulated. Go find out if that is true.

  • Robin S

    They lie. Simple as that. Don’t ever call people if you want real information. Always get it in writing. You’ll have atough time finding what they tell you over the phone in documentation because docs can be used in court. Research is never a phone call.

  • Robin S

    The axis in this case doesn’t know everything. Thanks for the hyperbole. There is a smitten difference between human grade and rotten offal.

  • Robin S

    Agree.

  • Robin S

    Sorry Jillian but that is exactly what some companies do. When you leave your euthanized pet at the Vets, they are put in the freezer until the collector comes once or twice a week to pick it up. They take it to “disposal” and some of it goes to companies that grind the corpse up, fur and sometimes collars and all to be turned into a sludge not unlike the pink slime used for meat at some fast good restaurants.

  • COLTY

    Unfortunately “Nicki B” speaks the truth!

  • COLTY

    I to saw that video, it even showed Pet’s with their collars/tags etc. not removed before being ground up….makes me ill. We MUST be the VOICE for those without one…..

  • COLTY

    Well you are SO WRONG…cannot compare eating habits of the wild vs domesticated. WE are talking here about other PET’s being ground up with their collars/tags etc. still intact and then fed to our beloved companions. I guess you would be OK with HUMANS eating HUMANS…DISGUSTING!!!!!

  • COLTY

    I believe both products recalled came from ‘Evangers’ BUT possibly this issue was found at the distribution level. NEED to go WAY back to determine where this so-called ground meat was originally prepared before being shipped to the canning/packaging companies.

  • samlucy

    and you believe them

  • COLTY

    Go to ‘You-Tube’ and watch the videos of the pet food processing of foods revealed, that’s if you can stomach watching this horrific act. Then “EAT your WORDS”.

  • COLTY

    U said it all….Thank U!

  • Renee Jones

    YES! Good catch.

  • Renee Jones

    That is the “party line” that the company person is following. They are NOT going to admit guilt.

  • Renee Jones

    Yes Jillian, sadly they are. Nicki B (comment below) is correct.

  • Willy King

    Isn’t this product manufactured at / by Evanger’s, who just had the same recall?

  • Rosemarie Flagiello

    I remember when they aired that, YES that is true, I’ve known for years as many others also know, they “DO” use dead animals to add to their pet foods. Years ago I watched a video that was aired showing the dead animals going into be processed. Now I’m careful which foods I use.

  • Just ask the AXIS

    Human grade? Is there a need for human grade food for pets? Remember the good old days before humans, when ancestors of our pets ate hair, feathers, and other undesirable parts of other animals. Sure, human grade is good, but I think unnecessary.

  • Marilyn
  • COLTY

    Unfortunately BUT TRUE and this MUST CHANGE….I personally have my Companions cremated & have their Urns, it’s expensive BUT the thought of my Best Friend being consumed makes me SICK!

  • COLTY

    Everyone MUST sign the petitions when posted….these petitions do work & WE MUST be the VOICE for those without one.

  • NickiB

    That is the only explanation as to why this drug has ended up in pet food. Pentobarbitol is the drug that is used to euthanize animals in this country! And no, it is NOT uncommon for the pet food companies to purchase euthanized animals from shelters to put in the food we feed our pets. (Which is how many kill shelters are able to have enough money to stay open… and sadly why so many kill shelters simply do not care about adopting out an animal- they get their money whether they get adopted or not. Plus it is cheaper to just euthanize and sell by the barrel full rather than spay/neuter/immunize.) Please do your research. Many companies claim to use “human grade” meats, fruits, and veggies for the pet food they make, but this is simply not the case. Many times they are using rotten food that is unfit for human consumption. As well as the inedible parts of animals like feathers, fur, hair, hooves, etc. Again, do your research and it will make you want to prepare fresh food for your pets. It is really the only way to ensure they really are getting “human grade,” quality foods.

  • COLTY

    NO KIDDING this is disgustingly REALLY HAPPENING!

  • COLTY

    BULL SH*T….they may not know because they bought the said meat from a supplier BUT the supplier knows where he received the meats to produce the ground meat to distribute to the canning/packaging facility. Videos on you-tube under “Dog Food Industries Revealed” shows the truth, sadly some of our beloved companions even with their collars & tags attached are in PET FOOD!!!!!!!!

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Sabotage has not been ruled out.

  • Alice Paidas

    I cant believe this is a common practice. This disgusts me. OMG! How is this legal?

  • Jillian

    People! Get a grip!!! These companies are NOT using euthanized animals or road kill! What is wrong with your brains?!?

  • aimee

    It looks to me that this recall is likely stemming from ongoing investigation. Against the Grain is a “family spin off ” line and made at the Evangers’ facility

  • Andee Pandee

    I just called them to find out what is going on. I point blank asked them if they were using euthanized animals and they said absolutely not. They get their raw beef from a reputable USDA facility and they process the food. They do not know how this toxin got into the food. It is still under investigation. She assured me that it was human grade food.

  • kkh

    Great. More dog food that has euthanized animals in it. Is this allowed, LEGALLY? Because there is really no other way that a barbiturate could be in dog food. And as someone else said, this isn’t cheap, low budget food. This infuriates me.

  • Helen

    It comes from animals that were given the drug, usually during euthanasia.

  • Cindy

    Are you kidding me? That’s crazy!!!!

  • Christine Daley

    I guess so! Can’t stand this !!

  • NoMoreLies4US

    Evangers and Against the Grain are NOT cheap dog foods…
    and that makes these recalls even more discusting πŸ™

  • Christine Daley

    Another pentobarbital recall!! Evangers now this company!! Horrible!! Stay away from these cheap canned foods!!

  • COLTY

    Literally they are grinding DEAD animals that were euthanized then put in the food. DISGUSTING!!! Make your companions Homemade to be safe!

  • Karen Sowell

    It gets there from dog food company buying animals that have been euthinised wich is a common practice. Cow, Horses, dogs, and cats that have been put down are NOT buried under the old oak tree but made into dog food.

  • Pam Boyle

    If food was distributed in 2015 why are they just figuring this out? Testing should match human food.

  • Dee

    Wow. A companion animal euthanasia drug in a “beef” dog food? I wonder how this got there.