Party Animal Recall Due To Pentobarbital
Party Animal, Inc., headquartered in West Hollywood, California, has announced that is is recalling specific lots of two varieties of its Cocolicious canned dog foods due to the foods testing positive for pentobarbital. Pentobarbital is used as a euthanasia drug.
This Party Animal recall comes after some Evanger’s and Grreat Choice canned dog food containing beef were recalled in February and March because of the presence of pentobarbital. Evanger’s is also the cannery for Party Animal’s canned dog foods. https://dogfood.guru/dog-foods-recalled-due-to-metal-contamination/
Party Animal has recalled the following foods:
Cocolicious Beef and Turkey
Size: 12 ounce cans
Lot Number: 0136E15204 04
Best By Date: July 2019
Cocolicious Chicken and Beef
Size: 12 ounce cans
Lot Number: 0134E15 237 13
Best By Date: August 2019
Cause of the Recall
According to a statement posted on the Party Animal’s website and on the company’s Facebook page:
Party Animal Statement on Cocolicious
April 17, 2017
The safety of pets is and always will be our first priority. We sincerely regret the reports of the discomfort experienced by the pet who consumed this food. As pet parents ourselves, we take this matter seriously. On April 13, a retailer in Texas notified us that their customer had presented samples of our 13-ounce-can Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food (Lot #0136E15204 04, best by July 2019) and 13-ounce-can Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food (Lot #0134E15 237 13, best by August 2019) to a testing lab, and that the results had tested positive for pentobarbital. We have requested those results.
When we were notified, we immediately tracked the lot numbers of the food in question and determined that the food had been manufactured and distributed in 2015. We then contacted the two probable retailers that had sold the customer the food and asked them to isolate all remaining cans from these lots. If pet parents have cans with either of those lot numbers in their possession, they should return them to the place of purchase and will of course receive a full refund.
We also requested that the retailers send all of the cans from those lots to us so that we can forward them on to an accredited independent laboratory for independent testing. We expect to receive the receive the results in 7 to 10 days. We first saw the formal report from the lab at Texas A&M regarding the customer’s samples, today, April 17.
Out of an abundance of caution, we are retrieving the remainder of these two lots nationwide. We are working with our distributors and retailers to determine if any additional beef-flavored products manufactured during this 2015 production period remain on shelves and, if so, to retrieve them from shelves, immediately, as well.
Party Animal wishes to emphasize that we have submitted many recent lots of our beef flavors for testing and all have tested negative for any pentobarbital. We have also had extensive discussions with our manufacturer regarding the potential cause of the reported contamination of the 2015 lots, and we will continue with such discussions even as we await testing results for the 2015 lots. In order to ensure adherence to our commitment to the safety of pets, we are also actively re-examining our manufacturing processes.
To their credit, Party Animal has left their statement on their Facebook page, along with a number of comments from unhappy customers. However, they have not provided comments or answers to the questions asked by those customers about how pentobarbital could have gotten into what is normally regarded as high quality canned dog food.
Party Animal has not had any previous recalls.
To date, the only foods affected with pentobarbital during these recalls have contained beef and had Evanger’s as their manufacturer. Evanger’s has facilities in Wheeling, Illinois.
The FDA is currently investigating Evanger’s and Grreat Choice to determine who pentobarbital got into their canned foods. You can learn more about the investigation on this question and answer page.
According to the FDA, in reviewing Evanger’s records, they determined that the meat was “inedible hand deboned beef,” labeled “FOR PET FOOD USE ONLY. NOT FIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION.” The supplier did not have a grant of inspection from the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS). (FSIS is the public health regulatory agency responsible for ensuring that United States’ commercial supply of meat, poultry, and egg products are safe, wholesome, and correctly labeled and packaged.) Evanger’s records indicated that the beef from their supplier was not a human grade meat product. The FDA was unable to determine from available records whether any other Evanger’s or Against the Grain products made with beef contain any of the beef that went into the recalled products.
Evanger’s is also a contract manufacturer for other companies, such as Party Animal, and the FDA has been working to determine if those companies received any of the affected product. The FDA is continuing to investigate. You can see their inspection observations here.
The FDA’s preliminary assessment suggests that none of Evanger’s beef suppliers are USDA-FSIS registered facilities.
Animals that have been chemically euthanized are NOT allowed to be processed or included in pet or other animal foods. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to take the appropriate steps to ensure that the food they produce is safe for consumption and properly labeled. There is no acceptable level of pentobarbital in pet foods.
What you should do
If you have any cans of the recalled food, return them to the place of purchase right away. Do not feed them to your dog. If you have already fed them to your dog, watch for any signs of distress. Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner), inability to stand, coma and death. Consumers who notice these symptoms in their pets should consult their veterinarian immediately. You should also notify Party Animal and the FDA.
You can make a pet food complaint to the FDA by following the steps on this page.
If you have any questions about the recall or the food, you can contact Party Animal by phone at 855-727-8926 or by email at [email protected].