FDA INSPECTION REPORT: Evanger Dog Food

If you did not think it could get any worst than five dogs being drugged and becoming serious ill while eating their food on New Year’s Eve and one of those dogs dying; think again!

I read the news release on the expanded recall yesterday for the Evanger Dog & Cat Food Company, Inc. but it was the FDA Inspection Report that made me sick to my stomach.  I took overnight to get my thoughts together and how I wanted to comment on the inspection report.  I would encourage you to read the entire inspection report that four FDA inspectors completed during the month of February 2017.  It also bothers me that no name has been mentioned for the supplier of this tainted meat (beef and horse).  Evanger’s is not the only company purchasing this meat from one supplier.  What other brands are using this supplier??  That really should be our next question of Evanger’s and the FDA.

As you read through the information below from the FDA inspectors, think about this question; ‘Does the family whom owns this company and makes decisions in producing these brands of dog food, really VALUE my family or is it just the almighty dollar?’  I know my answer is “no”!

Here is what the FDA press release had to say about the on-site inspections at both Evanger’s Illinois processing facilities.

The below snips are from the FDA Inspection Report dated February 14, 2017:

This is what we originally heard during the initial voluntary recall.

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We should be appalled that their building is in such poor condition since their food is not a cheap brand.

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I would be interested in knowing how much maintenance they have done on their two processing plants over the years.  It does not sound like much if the entire structure needs major repair.

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Would we feed moldy food to our family members?  If there were flies in the processing facility and they laid eggs in the meat, then we are talking worms here after being eaten. I know this first hand when we rescued our Winston and he lived on the Texas streets and eating out of the garbage cans. I do not feel anyone should have to pay to give worms and treatment to their beloved dog.

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These next two sections speak for themselves.  Appalling on so many levels!!

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Unacceptable processing procedure and/or timeline for processing.  I have always been under the impression that when “hand packing” in a processing facility, the entire area of processing was refrigerated.  Guess NOT!

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Pass this along on social media.  Maybe we can get all pet food manufacturers to be more transparent in their processing facilities and value our trust when purchasing their product.

RECALL: Against the Grain Dog Food

against-the-grain-dog-food-recall  The FDA has announced that Against the Grain Pet Food is voluntarily recalling one lot of Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that was manufactured and distributed in 2015.

The 12 oz. Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs that is being recalled, due to the potential presence of pentobarbital, has an expiration date of December 2019, a lot number of 2415E01ATB12, and the second half of the UPC code is 80001 (which can be found on the back of the product label).

Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner), inability to stand and coma.

The complete FDA press release can be viewed here.

NOTE: 1) It makes one wonder why two recalls in the last two weeks for pentobarbital and how is it getting into the food being produced?   2) Since this one was produced and sold in 2015, why are they just now finding it?   3) Pentobarbital is now most commonly used for euthanasia for dogs and cats, so this drug can kill.

 

 

 

 

 

RECALL: Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe

blue-buffalo-homestyle-healthy-weight.png  A voluntary recall was made by the Blue Buffalo Company for specific lots of Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight canned food, due to aluminum metal contamination.

More information can be obtained by reading their press release here.

If you have a can of this product, you can return it for a full refund at your local retailer. For more information, you can call 866-800-2917 to talk directly with Blue Buffalo.

Dog Food RECALL: Blue Ridge Dog Food

blue-ridge-recall  January 17, 2017 — Blue Ridge Beef of Eatonton, Georgia, has announced it is voluntarily recalling one lot of its Turkey with Bone raw frozen product due to its potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Blue Ridge Dog Food Recall 

The affected Products were distributed to retail stores in the following states:

NC – SC – GA – FL

Consumers who have purchased the above lot of turkey for dogs are urged to stop feeding them and return products to the place of purchase for a full refund. Or dispose of them immediately. Those with questions can email the company at blueridgebeefga@yahoo.com.

RECALL: Blue Ridge Beef (dog or kitten)

blue-ridge-beef-dog-food-recall    Blue Ridge Beef is voluntarily recalling two (2) of its frozen products due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes. Salmonella and Listeria can affect animals eating the product. There is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surface exposed to these products.

Healthy people infected with Salmonella and/or Listeria monocytogenes should monitor themselves for some or all of the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping and fever.

The affected products are sold in 2 lb chubs and can be identified with the following manufacturing codes:

Lot #mfd ga8516
Beef for dogs
UPC code 8542980011009
Lot #mfd ga81216
Kitten grind
UPC code 854298001016

The affected products were distributed to retail stores in the following states:

  • NC
  • SC
  • GA
  • FL
  • AZ
  • TX

 

What caused the Recall:

This recall was initiated after the FDA received two complaints associated with these products, including one complaint of two kitten illnesses and one complaint of a puppy death. Subsequent testing by the FDA of a 2 lb chub of beef for dogs and kitten grind collected at a veterinary office revealed the presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes. There is no direct evidence linking these unfortunate instances to contaminated product.

This recall is being made with the knowledge of the US Food and Drug Administration.

What to do:

Consumers who have purchased the above lots of beef for dogs or kitten grind are urged to stop feeding them and return products to the place of purchase for a full refund. Or dispose of them immediately. Those with questions can email the company at blueridgebeefga@yahoo.com.

RECALL: Cesar Filet Mignon Dog Food

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Mars PetCare has initiated a voluntary recall of their Cesar Filet Mignon wet dog food due to a potential choking risk from small pieces of plastic which entered the food during the production process.

More information of which product codes are being recalled and how to return their product for full refund, is available at:  Cesar October 2016 Recall

 

Recall: Smallbatch Pets Duckbatch Sliders

Smallbatch Pets, Inc. is voluntarily recalling one lot of frozen dog Duckbatch Sliders due to their potential to be contaminated with Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes.

No pet or consumer illnesses from this product have been reported to date. However, because of their commitment to safety and quality, Smallbatch Pets is conducting a voluntary recall of this product.

The potentially affected lots of dog duckbatch sliders were distributed to retail pet food stores in States CA, CO, OR, WA through pet food retailers/distributors. Eighty cases of this product were sold between the dates of 2/23/16 – 3/10/16.

More information …

Recall: Fromm 3 Gold Pate Dog Food

Fromm Dog Food Recall   Fromm has discovered through its own analysis, that the below referenced canned dog foods do not contain recommended levels of vitamins and minerals. These products may contain elevated levels of Vitamin D.

This recall is being implemented in an abundance of caution as symptoms should only be noted in situations where dogs have eaten the affected products as their only meal for an extended period of time, which could lead to depression of appetite. While there have been no reports of any health problems, Fromm is recommending the affected products not be fed.

Fromm Family Foods is recalling all lots of the following three canned product skus: 12 oz. Gold Chicken Pate Dog can case code#11893, individual can upc : 72705 11892 12 oz. Gold Chicken & Duck can case code #11895, individual can upc: 72705 11894 12 oz. Gold Salmon & Chicken Pate can case code #11891, individual can upc: 72705 11890

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RECALL: Vital Essentials Frozen Entrees Dog Food

 

Carnivore Meat Company is voluntarily recalling a single limited lot of Vital Essentials Frozen Chicken Patties Entrée for Dogs.

The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) selected and tested product as part of a national collection initiative, which was issued by the Center of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) on June 3, 2015. The FDA notified Carnivore Meat Company that one of the samples collected, tested positive for Salmonella, bacteria commonly associated with fresh and frozen poultry, in human and in pet products.

There have been no customer complaints reported. No other product manufactured by Carnivore is involved in this voluntary recall.

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RECALL: Big Dog Natural Recall Due to Salmonella and Listeria Monocytogenes

Today, the FDA announced that Big Dog Natural of Brick, NJ is voluntary recalling a select production lot of Big Dog Natural raw dehydrated dog food Chicken Supreme potentially contaminated with Salmonella and Fish Supreme potentially contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes that was shipped in the week of 10/31/2015 to 11/13/2015 to online customers. Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes can affect animals eating the products and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products, especially if they have not thoroughly washed their hands after having contact with the products or any surfaces exposed to these products.

 

More information to next steps in this recall, can be obtained from the FDA announcement.

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