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FDA Requires Emergency Permit from Evangers

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Here is the link to the FDA site with the details:
http://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2008/NEW01825.html
post #2 of 16
Thank you so much for posting this.
post #3 of 16
Thanks for sharing. Scary stuff.
post #4 of 16
Does that mean the FDA is finally staying on top of things? Thanks for posting that, Pat.
post #5 of 16
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Does that mean the FDA is finally staying on top of things? Thanks for posting that, Pat.
That is a very good question. I am hearing conflicting things - one is anecdotal about a quality issue not mentioned in the FDA posting, the other is the response from the company (posted on the evangers website and I would encourage folks to also read this), saying this is merely a paperwork issue not a true risk issue.
post #6 of 16
Where is the company's response on their website--I've looked but didn't see it.
post #7 of 16
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Where is the company's response on their website--I've looked but didn't see it.
On the main page is a link to a Press Release to the Public - here is the link:
http://www.evangersdogfood.com/about...ment_Joel.html
post #8 of 16
Probably safer to stay away until it is clear what is going on. This kind of thing is so scary to us pet parents. I hope no ones furchildren have been harmed.
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I work with Evanger's and hope some of this blog's readers would be interested in the company's response to the FDA statement, which company President and Co-Owner Holly Sher released Friday afternoon. All ingredients in Evanger’s products are sourced in the United States and all manufacturing is done in its suburban Chicago facility.

If any of your readers have questions or concerns, they may send them to me and I'll make sure that Holly Sher and her husband, Evanger's co-owner Joel Sher, receive the information. Below is the statement:

Wheeling, Ill., Friday, April 25, 2008 – As a result of a routine inspection of the Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company manufacturing facilities by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the FDA recently raised questions regarding recordkeeping and other issues at the pet food producer’s facilities.

Contrary to a news release issued by the FDA Thursday, April 24, 2008, Evanger’s continues to make and distribute its products with FDA approval. Evanger’s is working closely with the FDA and already has addressed many of the FDA’s questions. Evanger’s expects to have the few remaining FDA queries fully satisfied shortly.

No Evanger’s product has been recalled, nor is there any indication that any Evanger’s product is under-processed, unsafe, or contaminated in any way.

“As our customers, retailers and distributors know, Evanger’s takes the quality and safety of its pet foods very seriously,†said Holly Sher, president of Evanger’s. “Evanger’s has a long history of using only human-grade ingredients in our products. The FDA has not called into question the wholesomeness of any ingredient we use. We are confident Evanger’s products continue to be safe, wholesome and natural, so confident that we continue to feed them daily to our own pets.â€

All ingredients in Evanger’s products are sourced in the United States and all manufacturing is done in its suburban Chicago facility. The routine FDA inspection was related only to Evanger’s canned foods and did not cover production of its dry pet food products.

As the United States’ oldest natural pet food company, Evanger’s products are known for their human-grade ingredients, including hand-packed meats, fish and poultry, and 100% meat and organic meals.

Consumers and distributors may contact Evanger’s customer service department at (800) 288-6796 for further information. In addition, all new or updated information will be immediately posted to the company’s Website, www.evangersdogfood.com.
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My direct email is rtheim@matrix1.com
post #11 of 16
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My direct email is rtheim@matrix1.com
Thank you...I hope you read the entire thread - as I did post the link to the company website and their response, and urged folks to read it.
post #12 of 16
Hmmmmmmm
A little "containment"...."damage control"...?

Seems to me though that Tipitina is tipi-toeing...that is, compared to another similar "visitor" to Itchmo who is referencing a false and misleading report by the FDA.....different strokes for different folks, I guess.

Maybe I'll take advantage of the email address offer to ask why, on earth,something like this would ever be marketed for cats.

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A canine and feline dinner of fresh potatoes, carrots, peas, tomatoes, avocados, blueberries, and cranberries from the market place with brown rice makes a flavorful and complete dinner. A healthy choice for pets susceptible to food allergies.
My judgement says a recipie for malnutrition.
post #13 of 16
Thanks for posting this. Riley doesn't like this brand, but its always good to know for future reference.
post #14 of 16
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Maybe I'll take advantage of the email address offer to ask why, on earth,something like this would ever be marketed for cats.

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A canine and feline dinner of fresh potatoes, carrots, peas, tomatoes, avocados, blueberries, and cranberries from the market place with brown rice makes a flavorful and complete dinner. A healthy choice for pets susceptible to food allergies.
My judgement says a recipie for malnutrition.
I agree. Neither cats nor dogs are vegetarians and cats, especially, should not be fed a vegetarian diet. (Furthermore, "marketplace" is one word--I hate it when corporations get things like that wrong. But that's just me being grumpy.)
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...Furthermore, "marketplace" is one word--I hate it when corporations get things like that wrong. But that's just me being grumpy
diestarjette - seems to me that there's a pattern of misspelling with this corporation........

I mentioned a similar "visitor" to Itchmo who was referencing a false and misleading report by the FDA.....well, if I had actually quoted that reference, I would have written "false and mis-leading".

Did I 'make your day'?
post #16 of 16
Oh my.........

A poster on Itchmo reports having personally been in touch with the FDA and has been told that, yes, there were paper documentation problems....but....that the problems also related to improper operation of the retorts and inadequate training of the retort operators. Additionally, Evangers cannot 'market' any of its low-acid canned pet food in interstate commerce. They are required to submit requests to the FDA in order to release specific lots.

Could these be the "other issues" referenced in the Evangers "response to the FDA"?
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the FDA recently raised questions regarding recordkeeping and other issues at the pet food producer’s facilities.
Perhaps any TCS member using these products would be well-advised to contact the FDA directly.
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