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RECALL: MORE Pentobarbital: Against the Grain Pet Foods

Hmmmmmm, Evanger's was contaminated with pentobarbital!
Does Evanger's manufacture Against The Grain? I'll have to look this up!



Against the Grain Pet Foods is voluntarily recalling one lot of its Against the Grain canned dog food because it may be contaminated with the drug, pentobarbital.


Out of an abundance of caution, Against the Grain Pet Food is voluntarily recalling one lot of Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that was manufactured and distributed in 2015.
The 12 oz. Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that is being voluntarily recalled, due to the potential presence of pentobarbital, has an expiration date of December 2019, a lot number of 2415E01ATB12, and the second half of the UPC code is 80001 (which can be found on the back of the product label).

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm541692.htm


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Yes I just got this
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Found it!


A second dog food recall — this time by Against the Grain Pet Food Inc. — because of the barbiturate pentobarbital is underway in the wake of a recall of Evanger’s branded dog food, and it appears members of the same family own both companies.


The Against the Grain recall does not mention the Feb. 3 Evanger’s recall, and the Evanger’s recall notice did not indicate any other brands were implicated.
However, the companies’ operations appear to be somewhat cooperative and they may share manufacturing facilities and ingredients. Evanger’s is owned by Holly and Joel Sher, whose daughter Chelsea Sher serves as vice president for exports at Evanger’s.
Chelsea Sher is listed as the owner of the Against the Grain trademark. She co-founded Against the Grain with her twin brother Brett in 2012, according to her LinkedIn profile. She and Brett posted a video on YouTube explaining the Evanger’s recall.


http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2017/02/more-dog-food-recalled-for-possible-barbiturate-contamination/#.WKR5I381vdg


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I don't understand how Pentobarbital gets into dog food?

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Pentobarbital (US English) or pentobarbitone (UK English) is a short-acting barbiturate. Pentobarbital can occur as both a free acid and as salts of elements such as sodium and calcium. The free acid is only slightly soluble in water and ethanol.[1][2]
One brand name for this drug is Nembutal, coined by John S. Lundy, who started using it in 1930, from the structural formula of the sodium salt—Na (sodium) + ethyl + methyl + butyl + al (common suffix for barbiturates).[3] Nembutal is trademarked and manufactured by the Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck, and is the only injectable form of pentobarbital approved for sale in the United States.[4]
In high doses, pentobarbital causes death by respiratory arrest. In the United States, the drug has been used for executions of convicted criminals. Lundbeck (one of many manufacturers) does not permit its sale to prisons or corrections departments to carry out the death penalty.[5]

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I don't understand how Pentobarbital gets into dog food?
From possibly using EUTHANIZED animals in pet food!

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Evanger's RECALL FDA Update
FDA Cautions Pet Owners and Caretakers Not to Feed Certain Evanger?s or Against the Grain Canned Pet Foods Due to Adulteration with Pentobarbital

February 17, 2017


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is advising pet owners and caretakers not to feed their pets certain lots of Evanger’s canned Hunk of Beef or Against the Grain Grain Free Pulled Beef with Gravy canned dog food after unopened cans from both brands were found to contain pentobarbital, a barbiturate.


Pentobarbital is a drug that is used in animal euthanasia. It should not be in pet food and its presence as detected by the FDA in these products renders them adulterated.


The FDA was unable to determine from available records whether any other Evanger’s or Against the Grain products made with beef contain any of the beef that went into the recalled products. Additionally, the agency concluded an inspection of the manufacturing facilities on February 14, 2017, and noted numerous significant concerns with conditions found at both the Wheeling, IL and Markham, IL plants. These are initial observations and do not represent a final agency determination regarding the firm.


Following discussions with the FDA, Evanger’s initiated a voluntary recall on February 3, 2017, of certain lots of its 12-ounce Hunk of Beef canned dog food: 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, all with an expiration date of June 2020.


In the course of the investigation, the FDA tested two cans of Against the Grain brand canned Grain Free Pulled Beef with Gravy dog food manufactured in the same facilities as Evanger’s products and using beef from the same supplier: these samples also tested positive for pentobarbital.



On February 9, 2017, after conversations with the FDA, Against the Grain voluntarily recalled lot 2415E01ATB12 BEST DEC 2019 of this product. The company issued a public notice about its recall on February 13, 2017. To date, the FDA is not aware of any pet illnesses associated with the Against the Grain product.


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That is strange because beef cattle are not usually put to sleep. They are just shot. Horses are put to sleep.
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Evangers advertises "human-grade USDA inspected meats"
https://evangersdogfood.com/about-us...-our-products/

Against the Grain advertises that it "includes only the freshest, whole, unprocessed meats" (which means no rendered meat meal, right...)
About Us « Against the Grain

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They should DNA-test the "beef" to make sure it is what they say it is. I cannot imagine that the manufacturers didn't know any of this. How do you unknowingly use euthanized animals? This reeks.
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The following article is a "time line" of Evanger's "troubled history" presented by Mollie Morrissette of Poisoned Pets:
As Evanger?s Scandal Unfolds, a Look Back at Their Troubled History - Poisoned Pets | A look inside the pet food industry


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On November 28, 2012: In appellate court papers filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County in the state of Illinois in the case of the Village of Wheeling v. Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Co., Inc., reveal disturbing observations about Evanger’s pet food plant dating back to 2006.
For example, during testimony, a health officer for the Village, observed:
“…open containers of chicken, flies, maggots, refuse and unsanitary conditions on the property…grease interceptors [that] were heavily full of grease, and there were maggots inside…[she] noticed a strong rotting meat smell…observed open containers of food and the same rotting meat smell. She saw plastic crates without tight fitting lids and flies and maggots around the crates. There were maggots in the grease interceptors, which meant that they were not well maintained. She further stated that…there were a few bins of chicken that were left open.”
During another inspection, it was observed that there were:
…“ thousands” of maggots [fed] on rotten decaying animal parts; flies all over the property and open and exposed rotting animal parts; flies and maggots over unknown rotting substances.




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