Against the Grain Recall
Brett and Chelsea Sher founded the Against the Grain pet food company after they realized a major flaw in the pet food industry. Many pet foods are made with low-quality ingredients using inferior manufacturing processes in order to cut costs. Against the Grain is an all-natural brand of pet food that offers an assortment of gluten-free and grain-free recipes made with hand-picked ingredients and a unique processing method to ensure both safety and quality.
What Kind of Products Does Against the Grain Offer?
Against the Grain understands that dogs and cats are primarily carnivorous animals, so each of their products contains at least 85% meat and 0% grain. In addition to making meat-rich pet food, each product is made with the highest-quality proteins sourced from human-grade facilities. Against the Grain doesn’t use any growth hormones or antibiotics in their products, and they make it their mission to create the “safest, most nutritious, and palatable pet products available”. When it comes to their product offerings, Against the Grain has three options: pulled meat dog foods, super food recipes for cats, and human-quality cat foods.
About the Recall
Product Affected: Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner Canned Dog Food
Lot Number: 2415E01ATB12
Date: February 2021
In February 2021, Against the Grain issued a voluntary recall for one of their canned food products – Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner. The product in question was manufactured in December 2015 and was distributed throughout Washington State and Maryland. This recall affects a single small batch with the lot number 2415E01ATB12. No reports of illness have been made to the company or to the FDA – the recall was issued as a cautionary measure.
The reason for this recall is potential contamination with pentobarbital. Pentobarbital is a chemical used by veterinarians to euthanize animals and ingestion of this substance can be very dangerous. Ingestion of pentobarbital may lead to side effects including dizziness, drowsiness, balance problems, and nausea – in extreme cases it can even be fatal. According to the Against the Grain company, the lot in question is no longer on pet store shelves but some consumers may still have the product in their home.
What is interesting about this recall is that a similar recall was issued for one of Evanger’s dog food products, Hunk of Beef. Brett and Chelsea Sher, the owners of Against the Grain, are the children of the owners of Evanger’s. The Hunk of Beef recall was issued due to pentobarbital contamination and it may have played a role in the death of a pug named Talula and the sickness of at least three other dogs.
What Should You Do About It?
Though there have been no reports of sickness related to the recalled Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner product, you should still get rid of any cans you may have around the house. Consumers can return the product in question to the original place of purchase for a full refund. Against the Grain has also offered to replace the affected product with a full case of Against the Grain pet food (of the consumer’s choice) for the inconvenience.
If you have questions about the recall or concerns that your pet may have been poisoned, you can contact the Against the Grain company at (800) 288-6796 between the hours of 11 am and 4 pm Central Time, Monday through Friday. You can also log a complaint with the FDA by visiting their website.