Donation of Recalled Evanger’s Dog Food to Animal Shelters Nixed by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration rejected a proposal by Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co. to donate its supplies of its three brands of recalled dog food to animal shelters, recommending instead that the company destroy any remaining lots of those brands.

News Report of Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Co. Original Dog Food Recall:

Although the FDA’s decision has met with some criticism from animal lovers who expressed disappointment that the dogs at animal shelters won’t be receiving the food, the agency explained that even spot-checking the lots the recalled brands of dog food wouldn’t be useful in checking for the presence of pentobarbital, a barbiturate identified as the contaminant in some cans of Evanger’s Hunk of Beef Au Jus, Braised Beef Chunks and Against the Grain Grain-Free Pulled Beef with Gravy.

The spot-check would be inadequate to prevent any dog from the contaminant, according to the FDA, because the contamination has been sporadic and not of a general nature. Without testing of each individual can of recalled dog food, there would be no way to ensure that no dog(s) at the animal shelters would not be exposed to the pentobarbital that has sickened at least five dogs in the past and resulted in the death of one dog.

The dog and cat food company that produces what are considered to be high-end pet foods issued its first voluntary recall on February 3, 2017, of its Evanger’s Hunk of Beef Au Jus. A second voluntary recall by the company took place on March 3, 2017, after the FDA found pentobarbital in some cans of Evanger’s Braised Beef Chunks and Against the Grain Grain-Free Pulled Beef with Gravy.

Lot numbers of the recalled brands of Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co.

  • Evanger’s Hunk of Beef: 20109
  • Evanger’s Braised Beef: 20107
  • Evanger’s Against the Grain Pulled Beef: 80001

An undated letter to the public on Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co. website states that none of the recalled pet food has been donated to animal shelters and is being disposed of according to FDA instructions. The letter explains that the company sought to donate the recalled brands after several animal shelters had contact them requesting that they do so.


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