How the deadly drug — and horse meat — got into the cans of dog food remains a mystery.
One explanation is the use of horse meat instead of beef. Contrary to popular belief, horse meat is not allowed in dog food in the United States due to the risk of pentobarbital causing illness or death in pets and people who eat dog food for economic reasons.
Both samples of Cocolicious dog food tested positive for , a fast-acting tranquilizer that is used to euthanize horses, cats, dogs, and humans in lethal injection executions.
Will slaughtered horses go into dog food
Evanger's admits horse-meat and euthanasia drug in dog food
An executive at pet food company Evanger’s, which recently recalled and beef canned dog food due to drug contamination, recently admitted to a Washington state newspaper that the recalled food contained horse DNA. The company has thus far blamed these issues on its meat supplier, but this is not the first time Evanger’s pet food has included an animal meat that wasn’t advertised.As Mal Nesheim and I wrote in our book about the pet food industry, Feed Your Pet Right, most—more than 90%—of domestic horsemeat ended up in pet food (the rest was eaten or shipped to Europe). In the 1920s, horse slaughterhouses started pet food companies as a means to dispose of the meat. Horsemeat remained a major ingredient of dog foods throughout the 1940s.If further investigation shows that horse meat was used in the beef pet food, it would not be the first time that Evanger’s has told customers that the wrong animal was in a can. In 2011, after tests showed that its lamb and duck dog and cat foods contained beef instead. . Laboratory tests found horse DNA in samples of the recalled “Hunk of Beef” dog food, as well as pentobarbital, a sedative that can rapidly cause death. The FDA has received 10 complaints so far.Evanger’s and Against the Grain recalls all “chunk beef” dog food after it tests positive for horse meat and the deadly euthanasia drug pentobarbital. One pug is known to have died, and several other dogs got sick.“Animal” digest is the ramains of pretty much any part of any animal (blood, teeth, hair, spleen) from anywhere (roadkill, shelter animals, euthanized pets and horses, etc.). Cheaper dog foods contain by-products and animal digest (see my post on ).