On New Years Eve 2016, 3 pug dogs became ill – another died – believed to be linked to Evangers Pet Food. Lab results provided by the pet owner show the pet food contained pentobarbital – a drug used to euthanize animals.
First – this information has not been confirmed or denied by FDA. Questions have been sent to FDA (to confirm or deny the lab results) – the agency has not responded. That said, I have no reason to not trust the pet owner; I personally fully believe the pet owner and the test results.
On January 3, 2017 NBC4i.com reports that a pet owner in Washington State fed her four dogs Evangers Hunk of Beef canned dog food. Within 15 minutes all four dogs were staggering, and by the time she arrived at a veterinary emergency clinic the four were “limp”. After treatment in a veterinary intensive care unit, 3 dogs recovered (though one suffers seizures now) and one of the dogs – Talula – died. Talula’s body was sent to Oregon State University for necropsy.
The same day the news story broke (1/3/17), TruthaboutPetFood.com was provided with information that Evangers Pet Food was removing from store shelves it’s Hunk of Beef canned dog food – Manufactured June 2016, Lot Number is 1816E06HB13. Evangers Pet Food provided TruthaboutPetFood.com this statement (in part): “We have let our distributor know to quarantine any product with that lot code.”
January 4, 2017: Evangers Pet Food reports they paid for all medical bills relating to this incident. Per the Evangers website: “Tuesday the 3rd, at 10:03 PM local time, Ms. Mael reached out to Evanger’s via email to notify us that 5 dogs became ill. We are grateful to have communication, and to be fully transparent, have requested that all emails between Evanger’s and Ms. Mael have the FDA in copy so that we can openly continue our investigation with scientific evidence of what truly happened in this tragic situation.”
January 16, 2017: Evangers Pet Food reports “results from the first round of tests have come back and ALL 4 tests came back negative.” The pet food was tested free of Salmonella, Enterobacteriaceae, Clostridium spp, and Staphylococcus aureus. (Click Here and Here for these lab results.)
January 21, 2017: Evangers Pet Food provided an additional test result for Botulinum Toxin A/B – negative. (Click Here for this result.)
January 23, 2017: Evangers Pet Food provided additional testing results, Commercial Sterility (free of micro-organisms). The pet food tested as “Sterile”. (Click Here for this result.)
January 25, 2017: a friend of the pet owner family posted this comment on TruthaboutPetFood.com “Nikki (pug dog family) would like everyone to know this. The FDA has asked that anyone who has fed their dog this product and their dog had adverse reactions, to please file a report with them ASAP. We don’t want anymore pets getting sick so please do this for the sake of other dogs and dog families. This is an URGENT matter and the FDA is very concerned. Please share. Thank you.”
January 29, 2017: the pet owner family posted this image to Instagram:
The above results from Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health (DCPAH) state the dog’s stomach contents tested positive for pentobarbital (euthanizing drug), and the “feed” (pet food) tested positive for pentobarbital. The lab report stated “large quantity” of pentobarbital was found – and “If this sample came directly from a can, this is an urgent matter and needs to be reported to the FDA…”
TruthaboutPetFood.com has sent FDA emails (2 requests) asking when the agency will provide consumers with information on this investigation. The agency has not responded. This is typical of an FDA investigation; pet food investigations take time unfortunately – for lab results to come in, going over manufacturing and ingredient data (from the manufacturer). All we can do is wait until the FDA updates us.
This is a very concerning issue. The pet owner and friends of the family are in contact with Mollie Morrissette and myself. As we learn more – both Mollie’s website and this website will keep everyone posted.
For consumers who wish to be cautious: Evangers Pet Food manufactures numerous brands of pet food for other pet food companies (co-packs). Thanks to Lorin Grow of Furry Face Pet Food Store in Redlands, CA – Evangers Pet Food has a very unique lot code stamp on their canned foods. “Only Evanger’s stamps their cans on the rollers meaning their stamps are in a semi-circle instead of just straight on the can.“ If the lot code stamp on your can of pet food is in a semi-circle (as opposed to a straight line) – you can safely assume the pet food was made at Evangers.
Picture of an Evangers code stamp provided by one of you great readers. The curve of the code is unique to Evangers manufactured pet foods.
Update to original post: Just received from FDA (1/30/2017 at 2:20 PM ET) – “The FDA has received and is investigating adverse event reports related to this issue and cannot share anything further at this time.”
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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