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.
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