Evangers, a pet food company based in Illinois, is recalling some of its dog food after a drug that is used to put dogs to sleep was found in it. 

According to the FDA, one lot of Evanger's Hunk of Beef canned dog food was found to contain Pentobarbital, which can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.

The Detroit Free Press reports that five dogs became ill from eating the food and one died.

Evangers is now voluntarily recalling other cans of food made during the same week,  June 6 - June 13, 2016.

Evangers posted in a news release,

We feel that we have been let down by our supplier, and in reference to the possible presence of pentobarbital, we have let down our customers.  Despite having a relationship for forty years with the supplier of this specific beef, who also services many other pet food companies, we have terminated our relationship with them and will no longer purchase their beef for use in our Hunk of Beef product.  As Hunk of Beef is a very unique product, requiring very specific cuts of meat, this supplier’s meat was used in no other products.

Immediately upon learning that dogs became sick on New Years’ Eve, we launched an investigation immediately. The investigation continued for nearly four weeks, including obtaining samples of the same lot fed from the field and having them sent to an independent accredited laboratory to test for any toxin or bacteria we could possibly imagine.  All of those tests came back negative.  It was not until January 29th that we learned about the term, “pentobarbital.”

The recalled Hunk of Beef products were sold online and at stores in Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

Their lot numbers start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020. The second half of the barcode reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the label.

Anyone with questions should contact Evangers at 1-847-537-0102.

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