You’ve undoubtedly heard about the many voluntary pet food recalls that have occurred during the past two weeks. You may have had some of the recalled foods on your shelves in your desire to serve your customer’s four-legged children only the healthiest, safest, and most nutritious food on the market.
We are aware that these recalls have caused a great deal of justified concern, mistrust, and anger among pet owners and pet food retailers.
The Evanger’s family, like many families, is also incredibly angry and upset by these recalls.
We’re angry not only because we let you down; but we’re furious that we allowed ourselves to be lied to and deceived by the supplier responsible for introducing pentobarbital into our meat supply.
Sadly, this company was once one of our most trusted meat suppliers. But they are solely responsible for the pentobarbital-tainted meat found in some cans of Evanger’s Hunk of Beef and Against the Grain Pulled Beef.
We of course immediately fired this unscrupulous supplier, and have undertaken steps to address this matter in a lawsuit on behalf of our customers and retailers.
Furthermore, to ensure the future safety, peace of mind, and well-being of our two legged and four-legged customers, out of an abundance of caution we have decided to issue an immediate recall of the products in which this supplier’s meat may have been used.
The 12 oz. cans of dog foods being voluntarily recalled have the following barcodes. The numbers listed below are the second half of the barcode, which can be found on the back of the product label:
Evanger’s: Hunk of Beef: 20109 Evanger’s: Braised Beef: 20107 Against the Grain: Pulled Beef: 80001
The three products being voluntarily recalled were manufactured between December 2015 and January 2017, and have expiration dates of December 2019 through January 2021. These products were distributed online and through independent boutique pet stores nationwide.
To-date, Evanger’s and Against the Grain have not received any reports of illnesses, outside of the previously recalled products.
Any consumer that still has this product on hand should return the cans or cases to the retailer where purchased for a full refund or replacement of product. Retailers must return the product to the distributor they purchased it from and distributors are required to quarantine all products with the enclosed lot numbers.
Full details on how to process product returns are attached. This recall should be carried out to the consumer level. We are asking for your assistance and that this is done expeditiously. Thank you for your help and partnership.
Please complete and return the enclosed response form to your distributor as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, call us at 847-537-0102, or contact your Evanger’s sales representative.
We will work diligently every day to re-earn your trust. We will continue to provide updates on the status of our voluntary recall, and pending litigation against our former supplier.