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The FDA rejected a proposal by pet food manufacturer, Evanger’s to donate cans of dog food to animal shelters after the recalled pet food was found to contain the euthanasia drug, pentobarbital.
Beginning in February of 2017 and continuing for several months, multiple products manufactured and produced by the Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company were recalled after testing revealed the product contained significant amounts of the euthanasia drug, pentobarbital.
Products recalled included Evanger’s brand Hunk of Beef Au Jus and Braised Beef Chunks, Against the Grain brand Pulled Beef with Gravy. The recall included any and all of the above named products, of any lot number or date code.
In a letter to Holly and Joel Sher, president and vice president of Evanger’s, dated June 29, 2017 and released by the FDA, it was revealed that the dog food manufacturer proposed donating the recalled cans to animal shelters – a proposal that the FDA rejected, instead, demanding the food be destroyed.
The letter reads, in part: “In your firm’s correspondence dated 4/4/17, it was requested to donate the recalled product to an animal shelter. FDA does not agree that analyzing individual units from recalled lots and finding those units negative for pentobarbital contamination provides sufficient assurance that the remaining units are not adulterated. As can be observed in the samples collected by FDA, the pentobarbital contamination is not homogeneous throughout all units in a lot. Therefore, FDA does not find it acceptable to donate any recalled products and instead recommends destruction of all remaining units.”
Because of the nature of the “chunk” meat used in these products, it is possible that, while one can may test negative for pentobarbital, the can next to it in the production line can still be contaminated.