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Evanger's Hunk of Beef Product Distributed to Retail Locations in South Carolina Recalled

Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food of Wheeling, IL is voluntarily recalling specific lots of its Hunk of Beef product because of a potential contaminant Pentobarbital, which was detected in one lot of Hunk of Beef Au JusPentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.

The specifically-identified lot numbers (as detailed below) of cans of 12-oz Hunk of Beef being voluntarily recalled were distributed to retail locations and sold online in the following States: Washington, California, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and were manufactured the week of June 6 – June 13, 2016.

Although pentobarbital was detected in a single lot, Evangers is voluntarily recalling Hunk of Beef products that were manufactured the same week, with lot numbers that 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 product label.

The subject recall affects 5 lots of food that were produced from its supplier’s lot of beef, which is specifically used for the Hunk of Beef product and no other products. To date, it has been reported that five dogs became ill and 1 of the five dogs passed away after consuming the product with lot number 1816E06HB13. Evanger’s is proactively issuing a recall voluntarily so as not to risk potential exposure to pentobarbital in the product.

AVMA Seeks Comments on Telemedicine Report

The AVMA seeks comments on its Telemedicine policy by March 16, 2017. The AVMA Board of Directors asked the Practice Advisory Panel to consider issues related to telehealth and telemedicine, and to make recommendations to guide the veterinary profession’s responsible use of telemedicine through possible AVMA policy, guidelines, best practices and/or resources for practicing veterinarians.

Working through its Telemedicine Subcommittee and five working groups to tap the expertise of more than 50 volunteers, the Practice Advisory Panel prepared this final report and presented it to the Board of Directors in January 2017.

The report is provided here (PDF) for informational purposes only. The information in this report has not been approved by the AVMA Board of Directors, nor the AVMA House of Delegates, and it is not to be construed as AVMA policy. It also is not intended as a definitive statement on the subject of veterinary telemedicine, but rather to serve as a resource providing practical information for the reader. Please send comments to Telemedicine@avma.org before March 16, 2017.


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