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AARF Pet Central Statement on Evanger’s Canned Food

March 2, 2017

On February 3, 2017, Evanger’s Dog Food issued a voluntary recall of one lot of one flavor of canned food due to a supply of beef contaminated with pentobarbital (a drug used in animal euthanasia). Over the next few weeks, the recall was expanded as more lots and lines of Evanger’s food tested positive for this chemical. In mid-February, the FDA conducted independent testing of the food, and confirmed the presence of pentobarbital. The FDA conducted inspections of both Evanger’s canneries, and the inspections were released last week. Multiple violations were observed and cited, many of which gave us concerns about the safety of the food.


We have monitored the situation with Evanger’s carefully over the last month. Here at AARF Pet Central, we never had any of the recalled lots, but we removed all of the affected lines as a precaution. After reading the FDA testing and inspection reports, we can no longer recommend Evanger’s canned food as a healthy choice for our customers. As a result of the inspection reports, we have decided to stop carrying Evanger’s canned food. Once our current inventory is gone, we will not be restocking Evanger’s dog or cat cans.


We are working to find good alternatives for our customers who feed Evanger’s. Please let us know if you would like recommendations or samples from our other trusted manufacturers.

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