The FDA rejected a suggestion by way of dog food producer, Evanger’s to donate cans of pet food to animal shelters after the recalled dog food was once discovered to include the euthanasia drug, pentobarbital.
Beginning in February of 2017 and proceeding for a number of months, a couple of merchandise manufactured and produced by way of the Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company had been recalled after trying out published the product contained important quantities of the euthanasia drug, pentobarbital.
Products recalled incorporated Evanger’s logo Hunk of Beef Au Jus and Braised Beef Chunks, Against the Grain logo Pulled Beef with Gravy. The recall incorporated any and the entire above named merchandise, of any lot quantity or date code.
In a letter to Holly and Joel Sher, president and vice chairman of Evanger’s, dated June 29, 2017 and launched by way of the FDA, it was once published that the pet food producer proposed donating the recalled cans to animal shelters – a suggestion that the FDA rejected, as an alternative, challenging the meals be destroyed.
The letter reads, partly: “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 character of the “chunk” meat utilized in those merchandise, it’s conceivable that, whilst one can would possibly take a look at destructive for pentobarbital, the can subsequent to it within the manufacturing line can nonetheless be infected.