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Dog Food Recalled For Possible Contamination

Update Date: Feb 06, 2017 06:49 PM EST

Five dogs were reported to have been sick and one has died after eating Evanger's Hunk of Beed canned dog food. Pentobarbital contamination has been confirmed in the dog food. The substance was detected in a single lot, but the company has ordered a complete recall as they are concerned that some people may still have unused cans in their homes.

The company from Wheeling, IL that manufactures the Evanger's Dog & Cat Food has posted a recall notice on the Food and Drug Administration website. Five lots of 12-ounce cans of Hunk of Beed dog food should be returned immediately.

Food Safety News reported the recalled dog food was manufacture the week of June 6-13, 2016 and distributed to retailers in 15 states. States include Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, California, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida.

The recalled products can be identified by looking for 12-ounce cans that have lot numbers beginning with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB. Only cans with expiration date of June 2020, and barcodes that have 20109 in the second half are recalled. The barcodes can be found on the back of the product labels.

According to CBS Local five dogs became ill and the one dog that died consumed the product with lot number 1816E06HB13.

Pentobarbital is a sedative and if consumed by animals can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea and, in extreme cases, death. The company said the implicated beef was not used in any other Evanger's products.

The recall notice stated that all Evanger's meat suppliers are USDA approved. Investigation is ongoing on how the substance entered the raw material supply. It has been verified that the product are no longer on store shelves. Consumers with the lot numbers included in the recall should return to the store where they purchase it for a full refund.

For questions, consumers may contact the company at 847-537-0102.

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