Evanger’s and Against the Grain Dog Food Recall Expands

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February 28, 2017 — Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company, Inc. of Wheeling, Illinois, is expanding its voluntarily recall of specific lots of its beef products due to their potential of contamination with the deadly drug, pentobarbital.

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, death.

Only limited information regarding this expanded recall is available at this time. Further details will be added to this article as they become available.

Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Canned Dog Food Recall

What’s Recalled?

The following 3 items are now being recalled. The numbers listed below are the second half of the barcode, which can be found on the back of the product label:

  • Evanger’s Hunk of Beef
    12 ounce can
    Item #20109
  • Evanger’s: Braised Beef
    12 ounce can
    Item #20107
  • Against the Grain Pulled Beef
    12 ounce can
    Item #80001

The three recalled products were manufactured between December 2015 and January 2017, and have expiration dates of December 2019 through January 2021.

The products were distributed online and through independent pet stores nationwide.

FDA: Questions and Answers

The Food and Drug Administration has published an official information page to answer questions about “Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food”.

What to Do?

Consumers in possession of the affected product should return the cans or cases to the retailer where purchased for a full refund or replacement of product.

Retailers are asked to return the product to the distributor from whom they purchased it.

And distributors are required to quarantine all products with the relevant lot numbers.

Consumers with questions are asked to contact the company at 847-537-0102.

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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  • Edi Whisler

    Oh–good to know. Because now (2 months after your comment), Cocolicious has been found to have pentobarbital just like Evangers did. That manufacturer/those two plants need to be SHUT DOWN.

  • Edi Whisler

    OMG, Dave’s is, too? This (the Cocolicious recall for pentobarbital which I just found out about last night) just keeps getting worse. I never did like certain things about Dave’s, such as that they use tuna in their cat food (tuna is okay as an occasional treat for cats, but as a staple food for cats can lead to steatitis).

    I need to find out a complete list of pet foods processed/manufactured at the two, horrific, despicable Evanger’s manufacturing plants!

  • John James

    What’s meant ???

  • VeganKeyLimePie

    Again, the main attacker’s comments were all evidently DELETED for violating policies. Don’t attempt to criticize someone when you don’t know what’s what.

  • VeganKeyLimePie

    You might want to get a grip on yourself there; the person who was attacking me was apparently deleted by the moderator.

  • AriaH

    You sound unhinged. Complaining about “other people” criticizing you to strangers who aren’t?!! No ONE is here ridiculing vegans! Wow. Get a grip.

  • AriaH

    Who’s attacking you? You showed up here with a chip on your shoulder. No one’s being rude but you. Chill out.

  • Akex

    I just posted this comment on evangers Facebook. I think we should email and post on every pet food company. They should only buy from meant for human consumption suppliers and put the rest out of business.
    “Question! Are you dropping the non human grade meat companies you purchase from and suing the company the contaminated meat came from into in order to shut them down? If you don’t buy usda, meant for human consumption, than you are done. You might as well close now. “

  • Gee, that makes the murder so much more acceptable.

  • Yeah, ANONYMOUS. When it comes down the bottom line, what I have FOUND is so much digusting selfishess, from those who think they are somehow superior JUST from being born into a particular species. Captain Paul Watson wrote that if one wants to know what we should be opposing today, take a look at what people opposed in the past, as cruel, and there was massive opposition to it.

  • Carl LaFong
  • Anonymous

    Translation: I over reacted, but I’m blaming someone else for my behavior.

  • Dottora

    I think you protest a tad too much. Sorry you’re one of those people with a God complex. Feel sorry for your dogs though. Animals aren’t always perfect which I think would disturb your imagined perfect world. Certainly hope you don’t physically punish them if they don’t conform to your orders Mein Fuhrer I mean Limey. Gee hope you don’t live near Philadelphia! Someone taped a white dog’s muzzle, stabbed him to death and dumped the poor dog. Are YOU that type of a control freak where you would resort to performing a horrific act of your dog was unruly?
    At any rate, you have passed my quota for engaging with an imbecile so time for you to go poof. Go be a good girl and suck a carrot.

  • VeganKeyLimePie

    I let slide off my back what I choose to let slide. Other stuff…nope. What annoyed me about your first comment was how you overlooked the whole subject of this article, that dogs are actually being fed euthanized dogs, cats and other animals for the pentobarbital to be in there, and it’s been known for years that those animals (and much more) are rendered and made into “meat meal” and such for commercial meat foods. So yes, people are making them into cannibals and worse, same as I “force” my dogs to be vegan and thereby “abuse” them according to certain people, which is utter nonsense. But instead you chose to respond to me in a covertly judgmental way for what I said about it all. Meh, this is ridiculous. If you 2 people hadn’t annoyed me it would’ve been a nice friendly thread with me and the other people and would have been OVER and done with. So it’s you 2 who’re the problem. Take a bow!

  • VeganKeyLimePie

    Hah, nothing I wrote in here is overly angry in any way, I give back what I get. But your overreaction to being called out for your dairy and egg habit, etc., is actually “indicative” of some emotional imbalance, but no wonder, you’re a supposed animal lover who nurses from cows, steals their babies’ milk, and eats eggs from horrible battery farms. So why should cooking meat for your dogs “creep you out”? Nice going there, keep laughing and making jokes about vegans though, that makes you look superior, you think.

  • Dottora

    Yes you’re cynical as well as mentally unwell. I suggest you ask your psychiatrist to change your medication because your comments are indicative of serious issues ~ besides your obvious hatred of anyone who doesn’t support YOUR lifestyle. Appropriate user name with the word lime in it as you’re a genuine fruitcake.

  • Anonymous

    We all have things we’re passionate about and we learn to let the naysayers and the people who nitpick everything we do slide off our backs. Yes, I’m satisfied with my dogs diet, just like you’re satisfied with YOUR dogs diet. I’m not trying to argue with you, but that seems to be something you’re interested in starting, so I’m out. Peace.

  • VeganKeyLimePie

    You don’t push your “choice” on anyone but you try to gang up in ridiculing vegans by bringing up some story about one from your life. Guess what, when my dogs are about to scarf down some splintery animal bone outdoors, I have no qualms about snatching it and disposing of it, no gloves, just a rinse afterwards. Got any funny stories about meat eaters or vegetarians?
    But of course you don’t judge anyone, well, except for the judgmental when they don’t agree with YOUR judgments anyways, nice how that works.
    You partake in the slaughter industry when you eat eggs and dairy. How nice for you. Google “Jokes about vegetarians for eating eggs & dairy” and crack up some more.

  • VeganKeyLimePie

    Offense results in defense, and I’m offended by people who rudely, ignorantly, vulgarly attack vegans online and sometimes elsewhere, and it happens all the time, so yeah I’m testy, you would be too if you cared deeply about something. You’re self-satisfied with your dogs’ “pure” diet, yet you criticized me for vegan feeding, while you say nothing about what most people feed their dogs from the rendering plants, i.e., the whole subject of this article. Curious, that, don’t you agree?

  • Suzanne Clark OBrien

    It’s good to tell your story and especially locally, such as on Nextdoor.com to warn others away from that sick vet!

  • Suzanne Clark OBrien

    That was funny

  • Dottora

    Yes it does! My dogs vet of 8 years was responsible because she allowed hr to go with a high temp the entire day w/simply a slow dripping saline IV. I was in th back room w/my girl the whole time & questioned vet several times. At 3pm he tech abrupty told me they were closing early and if I felt that “Callie needs additional care you’ll have to take her to an emergency clinic”. I still regret not punching hm in the face. I removed the IV (I’m a human nurse) and carried her to the car even though I hadn’t carried her in yrs (she was 101#). Funny what we can do under stess. By the time we arrived at ER clinic (2 hr drive) her temp was 107.4. The ER club clinic is part of a group of specialty vets I use for another dog so know them. I had the internist come in around 1am to do an ultrasound. They got her temp down to 101 but the next few hrs were the critical ones. Her temp shot back up & despite aggressive treatment th damage was done because she had gone untreated the entire day. She left me at 1:15pm the next day & I really did hop on what I now refer to as The Crazy Train of Grief. Wasn’t until a month or so later that I learned both the internist and ER vet made complaints to state board about my vet. They actually just rendered a decision – she got a reprimand. Saw her in Sept at Farmers Market but she did an about face and left. Too bad because I would have definately punched her. Wow sorry all! Got carried away..,

  • Dottora

    My girl ate NB Sweet Potato & Fish until she developed a medical condition that made it ncessary to eliminate phytoestrogens and sweet potatoes ar loaded. Made me sad beause I’d finally mastered the the process of making dehydrated sweet potato treats which all my dogs love. Started making them after all the issues with contaminated treats. I could still make them for other dogs but seems unfair to my GSD.

  • Suzanne Clark OBrien

    Thank you for your condolences, it has had me scrambling for 2 years now to feed my boy low protein etc. Evangers had been one of our favourite brands too. So, yes, this is quite scary. I work as a plant based lifestyle consultant after a year long training with the Hippocrates Health Institute and the education was eye opening. We learned a lot about how the animals (farm) are treated as well as the impact on the earth. And I learned about the deceased dogs and cats added as ‘Enhanced Food’ to farm animals as well as dog and cat food. I had thought going high end and with ‘no animal by products etc’ would prevent such atrocities in judgement. The more I learn, the more I make at home. I use Dr Harveys mixers and really like those, they are all organic. Sorry for your loss too, it is never a good time to lose a loved one but when their time is cut short due to a misguided company’s lack of ethics, and our hard earned cash, it really bites.

  • Dottora

    Conjured up a funny memory. A contractor installing a hardwood floor in my house years ago. I knew him from doggy daycare so was aware he was a vegan. All of a sudden he came to the room where my GSD puppy and I were holed up. His arm was outstretched & there was a pained look on his face. I got up and walked over to see what he was holding at arms length. It was a marrow bone my pup must have snuck into the room because I’d moved all furniture etc out. The contractor (wait for it)…….. had put 2 disposable gloves on his hand just to be able to pick up the bone. He looked horrified! I tried to keep a straight face and told him he should have yelled for me and I would have retrieved the bone. As I wrote above I’m a vegetarian, not vegan, but respect all eating choices others make. I don’t push mine on anyone. But that bone caper still cracks me up.

  • Dottora

    I usually don’t get hung up over misspelled words in an online discussion but agree with you on this one. Correct spelling very important when talking about drugs.

  • Dottora

    Yes! I’d forgotten about duck. I am so sorry to read of your boy’s health issue. I lost my, as they say, heart dog to acute renal failure that despite heroic efforts, they couldn’t reverse. Pentobarbital being in a canned dog food which is labeled beef disturbs me because I now wonder where the beef comes from? Pentobarbital, although originally a human drug (it’s the drug of choice in capital punishment states) is widely used by veterinarians when euthanizing animals. I don’t feed Evangers to my dogs but nonetheless as an animal lover and dog parent, I feel morally bound to question this because I find it disturbing.

  • Suzanne Clark OBrien

    Amen! It was also tainted China Duck too. My Doberman has Chronic Kidney Failure because of Canyon Creek Ranch treats. Rhett’s grand dad passed away last year at 12.5 and there is no kidney failure issues in Rhett’s line. He turns 7 this April. I am heartsick.

  • Dottora

    Pentobarbital Is an extremely powerful barbituate. A extremely well known retired US Army captain who suffered with PTSD used it to commit suicide in Texas in Dec 2016. WHY Evangers dog foods are contaminated by it is mind boggling let alone disturbing. First It was chicken based treats manufactured in China. Now deadly barbiturates in canned dog food. We as animal lovers must demand higher standards for testing. As for only one dog? That’s one dog too many.

  • Anonymous

    Suit yourself. Your own tone isn’t exactly kind.
    My dogs are raw fed. Human grade food I hand pick myself from our local farmer who is cutting edge in animal handling practices, as well as cleanliness. My dogs aren’t cannibals, I can assure you. I don’t really mind that you’re feeding a vegan diet if it works for your dog, as long as everyone is happy. You seem a bit defensive on the subject.

  • TigerKim

    Here is an actual source and report for some clarity here > “One Pug is known to have died after eating the pentobarbital tainted dog food, and four other dogs were sickened. Pentobarbital, a barbiturate, is used to euthanize animals and as a human sedative and anticonvulsant, as well as in human executions and physician-assisted suicides. Sher noted that the adulterated pet food didn’t technically kill the Pug. “The one that didn’t survive was a 13- or 14-year-old Pug that had some health issues,” said Sher. “The decision was made to euthanize the fourth Pug.”> http://www.petfoodindustry.com/articles/6292-drug-and-horse-meat-in-evangers-dog-food-still-a-mystery

  • TigerKim

    I have cases of the chicken and the puppy mix and now I am paranoid as well. This brand was well rated!

  • samlucy

    Can you send me your email please ..I would like to chat with you about it
    Thank you so much

  • Belinda Skala Joyce
  • Pitlove

    Dave’s recently pulled out of Evangers just before the recall. Smart move!

  • Pitlove

    Horse meat was found in the food, not dog and cat

  • samlucy

    Thank you ..I looked but the fat percentage is 51 percent and it way to high for one of my dogs ..but it does look good

  • Belinda Skala Joyce

    Stewart Freeze Dried Raw Naturals. Human grade, my husband got a tour of the plant in Dayton Ohio. Had to wear head-to-toe protective garb like you were going into an isolation room (I’m an RN). They’ve never a recall yet.

  • Belinda Skala Joyce

    I feed them Stewart Freeze Dried Raw Naturals. Its pricy but the best prices are on chewy website.

  • AngryPatriot5

    Correct, Terry. Too many people are unaware that euthanized and dead animal bodies are picked up from shelters and vet hospitals, taken to rendering plants and then used to make pet foods. Yes, it’s legal and even allowed by AAFCO. Obviously, that group is useless as a means of determining quality products. Human grade only ingredients are what we should feed our pets, with organic and pasture-raised being the best. My condolences to the owners of the animals killed and harmed by this.

  • samlucy

    Search on Google for Evangers and look at all the issues that have had in the past nine years ….It seems to be a trade secret who the can for but if you look on the bottom of the can for the time stamp it is a curved time stamp rather than a straight line ….This is no baloney Jerry T and it is serious stuff

  • turflightle

    yea it is pretty good food, and even in diamonds recalls they don’t actually believe it affected premium edge (it was in the corn) I guess I’m just referring to how you said people shouldn’t support a dog food company that something goes wrong in, but you still are supporting diamond when you buy their food… make sense? Anyway when customers ask about Premium Edge, it IS a good quality food, good ingredients, and I don’t knock it, I’m just not a fan of Diamond! 🙂 Victor seems to be a pretty good food as well, and Fromm, but I’m still thinking RAW! 🙂

  • VeganKeyLimePie

    My dogs go nuts for the canned vegan food; thanks for your kind thoughts, Marjorie 🙂

  • VeganKeyLimePie

    Thanks so much, SFGFan, I very much agree.

  • VeganKeyLimePie

    It’s known that there are rendered dog/cat carcasses in “animal byproduct meal” or whatever it’s called these days. So, “cannibal” wasn’t out of line. I’m occasionally accused of “abuse” and forcing my dogs to be vegan, usually by people using your sort of tone, so was just heading that off in advance. I give respect where due, don’t need respect from questionable strangers.

  • VeganKeyLimePie

    Anne: It’s actually called V-Dog, just google it, all their ingredients, reviews, everything’s all there, it’s pricey but most all are these days. You can find it on this site too, but they don’t like it because of no meat. My dogs also occasionally get Natural Balance canned vegan food and most every day they get some of my shared foods, all except for things like raisins, grapes, etc., which are harmful for dogs. To see all those google “foods harmful for dogs.”

  • turflightle

    I heard that it was from the one farm that Evanger’s had as a beef supplier… the stuff was in their steers… I believe they immediately terminated that relationship, but the hurt has already been done

  • turflightle

    But I am also with Bella on raw, we just started that, and supposedly that is healthiest way for dogs! And you can ALMOST do it as cheap as dry kibble if you can do it right!

  • turflightle

    well you talk about trusting a company, and recalls, and I sold diamond back when they were a premium food, and SUPER priced, and then they had a recall that really hurt them, and then they had ANOTHER, and I still sell it (I work at pet supply store) but so much less than I used to… so they are doing good product quality for the past 3 years…. good hope it keeps going good, but your arguments about such food being better than such food doesn’t hold water when you compare their past experiences… I sell premium edge too, and people like it and ingredients wise its pretty good, but I sell evanger’s as well and people like that too, so anyway guess both companies have built names for themselves, I’m just saying a LOT of dog foods have had recalls and you and I still buy or use them….

  • Ghost

    Mature.

  • CoolSpring Labradors

    Thanks just pulled the dock. Appreciated

  • clkottke

    I get email alerts to all dog food and dog treat recalls. All of my friends and family have dogs so I try to stay alert to any recalls etc. Premium Edge may be a Diamond product, Premium Edge itself hasn’t had any recalls in at least the three years I have been feeding it to my dog. It also rates 5 stars on dog food adviser. Sammy eats the Weight Management formula which rates higher than the other formulas they produce.

  • CoolSpring Labradors

    Yes it made by Diamond its a tweak of ingredients off of their TOTW…..you get it and its made for Tractor Supply…not a bad food at all…chelated minerals. I use TOTW 32%-18%fat for one of my Champions he loves the food I get both 32% and just combine it…al the rest of the Champions are on Eukanuba 30/20 pro which Labs typically do well on for show etc….The one on TOTW is the largest in show standard currently he’s a Monster but a very gentle boy…he 115 lbs English.

  • CoolSpring Labradors

    Salmon is great for their digestive tracts especially older dogs

  • CoolSpring Labradors

    G.F.Y.

  • CoolSpring Labradors

    I had no idea it killed a dog and four or five sickened by this disaster…in that amount of quantity in their food. This reeks of a potential employee liability. Meaning someone dumped this intentionally into the production process for this amount to go into many cans…also Ghost please take a chill pill dude. Your comment is in fact usable by anyone here as quoted.

  • Bobby dog
  • Cathy Hiscock

    Premium edge HAD a recall in 2012, and have implemented state of the art independant test and hold procedures. Check it out!

  • Cathy Hiscock

    seriously, have you looked at what Diamond Pet Foods has been doing to ensure their product quality for the past three years! uneducated comments do not help anyone!

  • Anonymous

    While I’m happy your diet is working well for your dogs, insinuating that people who feed non-vegan food are “forcing their dogs into being cannibals” is pretty sketchy; as is then immediately asking for no hate for your beliefs is a little out there. If you want respect, be the first to give it…

  • Crazy4cats

    😀

  • Crazy4cats

    Actually a dog died and there was horse meat found in the food with a DNA analysis.

    No kudos just boos to that company from me!

  • Lois Klapp

    I have 6 Dachshunds and 4 fosters. I feed 4-Health Grain Free. All of my doxies love it and my fosters have never had a problem with it. They are all healthy, happy and active. Four of our dogs are seniors, too.

  • zombie

    Maybe it’s time a certain dog food manufacturer finally goes to jail. Fill their cell with cases of their dog food and a can opener.

  • Jerry T

    …”no pet was harmed”… One dog died, several more have become very ill. I’d call that “harmed”.

  • turflightle

    Premium edge has had recalls as well!

  • turflightle

    Um, premium edge is a diamond product, and they have had multiple recalls in the past… many more than evanger’s ever did….

  • Ghost

    My comment was specifically in reply to Terry only, who said phenobarbital when he/she meant to say pentobarbital.
    Please don’t lump my comment in with your rant.

  • CoolSpring Labradors

    I just read this….Ok everyone get a grip. See what Ghost wrote “Phenobarbital and pentobarbital are two different things. Spelling is important.”

    Pentobaritol is a barbiturate ie: Nembutal..either injectable or by a pill. So now were assuming horse meat and stories or all sort of weirdness and now cats and dogs are in the food? Have you lost it….that’s not even FDA permitted….and guess where I am right now! Geez…..the food tested positive so here’s the assumption…it’s beef based….so if it was tested at micrograms…your pet based upon distribution and being on the safe side…a cow must have had surgery or a medical procedure…passed, and the supplier sources it to production and no matter how it was rendered…and Kaboom. Kudos to the company for doing any testing catching it and pulling production dates and codes…and then doing the recall…..no pet was harmed and the amount in the food was probably not enough to do jack….fill in the blank, to even a Chihuahua. Either way it shows that pre testing of a carcass if part of the regimen did not happen as this is canned food post extrusion.

  • Marjorie Leeds

    I would call the company and find out if there is something wrong? Also do not force them to eat it, dogs , cats know when something is not right with their food. Isn’t that food made by Tractor Supply?

  • Marjorie Leeds

    I just read your reply and commend you on feeding your furbabies vegan foods!! I am vegan/vegetarian however I feed my babies salmon and sweet potato, grain free and sometimes I will get canned vegan foods for them . Also I get vegan snacks and bones. Again thank you for caring what goes into your fubabies bodies we need millions more like you!!

  • jeffrey solomon

    This company almost killed my dog with metal scraps in the food years ago, they are never to be trusted. Once a liar always a liar ! Caveat emptor

  • Shane Howard

    If you wisg to stay in the same price range look at Triumph

  • LadyMephisto

    Exactly!

  • Jerry T

    Thank you for the replies, however, I was hoping to see a link/listing to the various companies that use Evangers to can their food.

  • Bella Porter

    Actually fresh organic farm eggs raw with the ground up shell is good for dogs and cats. They would eat them if found in the wild. Calcium and protein.

  • Bella Porter

    Just feed raw from a local producer or super transparent company like Small Batch or Steve’s Raw Foods.

  • Bella Porter

    Go raw!!!

  • Bella Porter

    Feed raw from a good maker like Steve’s Raw Foods or Small Batch. Or someone local to you. Steve’s and Small Batch have plants you can actually go see and also will tell you where to visit for their meats. Super transparent.

  • Bella Porter

    Equine meat was found in the product. They have been using euthanized horses.

  • Bella Porter

    They have two canneries. One uses the curve which is the older of the two and the newer one uses straight stamping so really it is hard to tell who uses them. I know Zignature doesn’t. Wild Calling has a new cannery they are using and should have new product in the next month or so. Unsure about everyone else.

  • Bella Porter

    It was probably a horse. Pento is used in equine euthanasia as well and equine was found in the products.

  • Ghost

    Phenobarbital and pentobarbital are two different things. Spelling is important.

  • Terry

    Phenobarbital is the medication used to euthanize dogs and cats in this country. You are aware, that the USDA approved euthanized animals for use in dog food? I’m not saying this is the case, but it all fits

  • Willy King

    Pretty common knowledge, even on their site they promote their private label program. Usually their expiration date on the bottom of the can is curved, not stamped in a straight line. Dave’s, Party Animal / Cocolicious and others are Evanger’s, besides what is listed.

  • Donita Mills

    So Kate Gebhart, what dog food do you buy????

  • Pitlove

    Hi Jerry-

    It is very noticeable as to who used Evangers to co-pack their cans as Evangers stamps the underside of their cans with a curved expiration date. Only company that does this.

  • clkottke

    I buy from Chewy.com and the dog food is Premium Edge.

  • clkottke

    Premium Edge from chewy.com

  • chacha711

    KUDOs, LOL!!! Don’t Feed Dogs too much HUMAN JUNK , n never Chocolates, Grapes,/raisins, Garlic/onions, Mushrooms, breads/grains, sugar/ subs, raw eggs, salt, beer, coffee, milk/dairy products, etc!

  • Carol Ann Johnson

    I only know what is in my dog food if I make it my self at least you can read what I put in Roscos food

  • Jerry T

    Do you have a source for this information?

  • chacha711

    YEP, LOL!!! Read my prior review above here on ACANA/ORJIEN , TOP RATED Super Premium Food lines by smaller private /family mfg in Canada n Now in USA with a second new State Of Art USA plant in Kentucky! Not Rocket Science, Buyers BEWARE n Do DILLIGENCE!

    GOODLUCK DOGs FOOD HUNTIN!!!

  • chacha711

    JP, Kudos, What breed u feed OJ? We have a 3 yr old GSPointer (same breed, no direct relation to GSP that took Westminister Best of Show last year tho costing owner $250K to pro raise n show it) we started our Pup on Innova/Mars (newly buy-out from big corp/Candy mfg)breeder used but was disc a year ago by mfg n retailers as too many recalls n lost marketshare, he did well on it but glad we switched, tried Blue Buffalo/Wilderness also had a few recalls on both their Dry n Wet Foods, we had problems with irregular/regular bouts out loose olive stool, thus tried, liked n have done very well on ACANA a highly rated on Dog Food Advisor as a Super Premium Food/Company: Champion Pet Foods Mfg of Canada a solid family owned n now a new USA mfg plant in Kentucky who stand tall behind their ACANA n OJIEN lines with excellent customer service, strong Quality Control , a good sampling program if u call their 800# n request small trial samples pkg/bag of either or both varieties! We are very pleased with their Dry Kibble Lamb n Apples, Grasslands n Their hard to find/bootleg in USA RED/Mix Meats/hi-protein for highly active Sporting Breeds by ACANA which we rotate n switch out their varieties every 2-3 largest 24-28# bags we buy thru online mfg promos with free S/H to get best price with either Chewy.com or JET
    .com n or in a pinch can find both their lines at higher prices in retail store PET FOOD EXPRESS or smaller Specialty Pet Food stores. Our GSP is 58# a highly active breed n gets 3 meals daily totaling 3 1/2 cups dry with splash of warm water or dry n on his main/largest meal/feeding lunch or dinner depending on your dogs highest activity time, he gets a topping of 1/3 can wet COSTCOs/Kirklands brand NATURES DOMAIN Turkey n Peas Stew, 24 cans case, a red can that net costs only 85 cents per can which was also highly rated as good quality protein, grain-free wet food, also use Libby’s our PRivate/store label brands of Whole/pure purée-like Canned ( not Sugary Pie Mix) Pumpkin when on sale only $2 large 28 oz can used as a healthy wet topper-mix in dry kibble or make it into a frozen ice/Popsicle like treat he loves at a treat ESP during hot summer mos but careful only a 2-3 spoonfuls 2-3x week max as can make his stool loose/fiber! If your not lazy n have allot of time n want to save money n cook/make your own fresh dogs foods/recipes etc, u can find/borrow dog/pet books from library or online by top Naturalpathic/Hollistic Vet author in Chicago, IL , DVM Karen Becker or great dog book by Dr Nancy Kay “Speaking for SPOT” being an Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live A Happy, Healthy, Longer Life!!!

    GOODLUCK n Enjoy, Healthy Dog Hunting!

    Ps. BEWARE….Get on this Dog/Pet Food RECALL notice LIST, n All Dog Foods are NOT THE SAME! If u care about your dog’s health n what it eats, read ingredients labels first 4-5 items to be AWARE n BEWARE of sooo many bad, cheaper, junk pet foods full of fillers, additives, colorings, mixed animal/meal parts etc thatthey sell in traditional Human SuperMarkets/Grocery/Discount n ones many VETS Offices stick/push to pad their pockets!!!

    AJ

  • Rhonda Cowart

    Still one of the best dog food companies in my eyes! They didn’t go 85 years without a recall because they don’t care! Is everyone aware that so much of this drug is in human meats.

  • samlucy

    I hope you all realize that Evangers cans for many many many other dog food companies ..and when I say many I mean MANY under different labels

  • samlucy

    Belinda what do you feed your dogs

  • Anne Bujold

    Although there is NO excuse for pentobarbitol being in any food, ever, it is not necessarily from euthanized shelter pets. I have to assume that even slaughterhouses euthanize some animals (perhaps those who are too obviously sick to pass inspection). Perhaps one of those euthanized cows (or other slaughterhouse animals) got into the Evanders food. NOT okay by any stretch — just saying it have been some other unfortunate animal and not a dog or cat.
    All the more reason that WE should be vegan too!! (Unless you like knowing a living being was mercilessly slaughtered just so you can eat meat that clogs you with unnecessary fatty cholesterol, calories, steroids, and now pentobarbitol.)

  • jphan

    Really glad the only Evangers I bought was their vegetable mix! And glad I give my dog Orijen, very expensive but never recalled and very high quality. Acana is their other brand – very similar but a bit less expensive because they have a little less nutrient-rich protein sources. I also occasionally mix in cans of Castor & Pollux, Merricks or Wellness. Hope those are safe!

  • Anne Bujold

    What do you feed your V-dog that your dog likes and that keeps the dog so healthy? Obviously vegetarian, but what specifically so my (and other) dogs can try it too?

  • SFGFan

    More power to you. It’s sad how this country (and others as well) treat animals.

  • VeganKeyLimePie

    Hey, Evanger’s supposedly doesn’t deal in byproducts, is supposed to be pure “human quality” food? My V-Dog is looking better and better all the time, even though this site gives it a terrible rating for being all plant foods/no animal products. My dogs love it, seem to thrive on it (along with some of my vegan foods) for several years now…my 16-yr old rat terrier still plays like a puppy. And I have no worries about “animal byproducts” like euthanized dogs & cats and street carcasses and ground-up-alive baby chicks from the egg industry ending up in their food, aside from the torture & slaughter involved in regular meat products. Anyone who might accuse me of “abuse or neglect” needs to think again. My dogs are healthy and happy, and not forced into being cannibals and ingesting pentobarbital, like the dogs of “normal” folks are. No hate please, that’s just so wrong.

  • Juanita Elrod Reed

    ANYONE KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT “4HEALTH” DOG FOOD I BOUGHT $45 OF THIS GRAIN FREE AND MY 2 DOGS WILL NOT TOUCH IT NOT ONE LITTLE PIECE. ONE IS A BEAGLE WHO EATS ALL THE TIME AND THE OTHER IS MIXED PITBULL WHO IS NOT A BIG EATER BUT AFTER 3 DAYS TRYING TO GET THEM TO EAT THIS NEITHER WILL NOT EVEN GET NEAR IT?

  • Sue Audrain

    I feed my four little dogs Evangers Classic Dinners Beef. Now I’m freaking out as to what to feed them. I’m horrified at what I’m reading here.

  • Jrandall

    Dolly, yes they explained how it happened. Read the post above this one.

  • Jrandall

    Belinda, they claim they had been purchasing beef from the same company for a very long time and when this happened they ended their business relationship with them. The ingredient’s list on the recalled canned dog food says: 100% Whole Beef Cooked In Its Own Juices. According to the AAFCO it would have to say beef by products if that’s what was in the can. Under current FDA law a vet must euthanize a diseased animal but is not required to label the animal as such, so it’s more than possible that a euthanized cow could end up in a supply of beef to a dog food manufacturer. I am well aware that some sleazy dog food companies use rendered dead animals which is totally disgusting and should be illegal, but from everything I’ve read about this company that was not the case. If it was they would be in a lawsuit for labeling their cans of dog food as containing beef when they actually contain by products. That’s not what’s happening here. They’re recalling their food because it may contain pentobarbital due to the FDA’s screwed up regulations.

  • Jeanne Nai

    So, why haven’t you posted WHAT brand you are buying after telling everyone about how good it is???

  • DH

    May I ask what brand of food you use bc it’s definitely something I’d be interested in. I almost bought this food the other day when I was looking for something different for my babies. Thank goodness I didn’t!

  • Mark L

    Notice on some labels of dog and cat food it says “animal byproducts.” They “recycle” dead animals back into the food.

  • Jim McCart

    I think Patricia is a few bricks shy of a load or a nut case !

  • Belinda Skala Joyce

    Look at the dates….. this goes all the way back to 2015!!! They did a great con job on people thinking this was high end dog food. 2 years passed and you mean to tell me they didn’t know there was a EUTHANASIA DRUG in their meat!!!!! Bull!

  • Belinda Skala Joyce

    It is a EUTHANASIA DRUG! They got meat from rendering companies that use euthanized animals!!! Not just farm animals…they use EUTHANIZED DOGS AND CATS! My husband is a regional sales director for a pet supply company. I hear all the horror stories directly from an industry insider.

  • Patricia Schergen Donegan

    U need a new job . u suck at your job . u have no repect for people

  • Elaine Stewart

    What a terrible thing to say to her. This is an expanded recall that just came out. How would she know it was going to happen? I’m sure she’s extremely upset and worried about her dog and she certainly doesn’t need or deserve your criticism.

  • Dolly Horton

    Was there ever an explanation of how pentobarbitol got into the dog food? Any follow-ups?

  • amy kaufman

    OH…WHAT A BIG SUPRISE…AN EXPANDED RECALL!!!

  • amy kaufman

    SO TRUE!

  • 1Jeanna

    So what brand do you buy, and where do you buy it??

  • clkottke

    What I don’t understand is why people keep buying their products. They need to be boycotted and be driven out of business. The really sad thing is that people buy dog food without researching it. They think they can go into the grocery store, buy the cheapest crap they can find on the shelf and it’s all good for their pet. That dogs can eat crap and be healthy. Would you go to McDonald’s trash dumpster looking for food? Maybe! Actually what McDonald’s throws away is healthier than what most companies make their dog food out of. All of the dog food on the shelf in the grocery stores is garbage. I buy my dog’s food through a reputable company, I found the dog food through researching. It has NEVER been recalled, has no fillers, wheat, or grains. It is all natural, first ingredient is salmon. It has fruits and vegetables in it. My dog loves it and get this…it’s CHEAPER than what the vet and grocery/pet stores sell. I also make ALL of my dog’s treats. I don’t like or trust what is put in the OTC dog treats, they are garbage.

  • Wanda Orraca

    Absolutely not kill no furkids. This is absolute madness & then if a baby’s sick, all they say is, sorry for your loss, My a##

  • LadyMephisto

    One more reason to NEVER feed commercial foods to your dog. They ALL lie.

  • I am beyond angry. I just fed my dog a can of this tonight! I will NEVER buy this product again.

  • Wanda Orraca

    Yes absolutely! Crazy world we live in now. Shame them stupids.
    yes

  • Kate Gebhart

    Not only that I just read in a trade article that horse meat DNA was found
    in the Hnk of Beef cans. And all the while these deceitful people (the Shers) are telling us they only use USDA ingredients. Mrs Sher is blaming everyone else and he’s making excuses. They have been dishonest for years (stealing electricity, no exotic meat in their expensive line of novel proteins and now this. They have to be incredibly arrogant that they think it’s ok to keep deceiving their customers–THEY KEEP GETTING CAUGHT.

  • Donna Staberg Lessig

    This is an expanded recall, include food made through 2017. The prior recall was food made in 2015.

  • Sid Viscous

    No different than the garbage they put in our food…..Anything for a buck.

  • Tug Spano

    I know, really disappointing.

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  • Overly Masculine Ginger Valene

    I hate to admit it…but what else could it be? Pentobarbital isn’t something that just pops up in our natural environment.

  • Frances Hunt

    It is not acceptable to be making pet food from animals who have been euthanized at animal shelters and dumped at rendering plants where they are turned in to pet food. This is how pentobarbital gets in our pet food.

  • breynolds

    THINK you are getting kind of slow on the recalls, this is about 1-2 weeks old

  • Tug Spano

    It proves they’re buying meat from rendering plants.

  • Wanda Orraca

    Ridiculous that any pet foods should or would have poisons like this in them & to think we buy confident to kill our baby’s. Shame on them. Never trusted.