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: Evanger’s Canned Dog & Cat Food

evangers-hunk-of-beef-recall-canOut of an abundance of caution, 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 Jus. Pentobarbital 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.

All Evanger’s suppliers of meat products are USDA approved. This beef supplier provides us with beef chunks from cows that are slaughtered in a USDA facility. We continue to investigate how this substance entered our raw material supply.

Because we source from suppliers of meat products that are USDA approved, and no other products have had any reported problems, we are not extending the recall to other supplier lots. This is the first recall for Evanger’s in its 82 years of manufacturing. Although it has been verified that little or no product remains on store shelves, if consumers still have cans with the aforementioned lot numbers, he or she should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-847-537-0102 between 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Central Time, Monday – Friday