Category Archives: Evanger’s

Evangers Gets Yet Another Warning letter


Evanger’s is in the news again
May 18th, 2011 at 2:27:44 pm On May 5th 2011, the FDA sent yet another warning letter to Evanger’s.

A few interesting quotes:

Under Section 403(b) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. � 343(b), a food is deemed to be misbranded if it is offered for sale under the name of another food. This product was offered for sale under the name of �(b)(4) Lamb and Rice Dog Food.� However, the analytical sample results did not detect the presence of lamb, but detected the presence of bovine material.

Under Section 403(a)(1) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. � 343(a)(1), a food is deemed to be misbranded if its labeling is false or misleading in any particular. The labeling indicates that Evanger�s Grain-free Duck Pet Food contains duck, but the analytical sample results did not detect the presence of duck in the product. Read the entire letter here:
http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementAct … 255000.htm

Read Full Article here on The Dog Food Project:   http://www.dogfoodproject.com/

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Evanger’s-General Info and Contact


EVANGER’S DOG  CAT FOOD CO, INC
221 S. Wheeling Road
Wheeling , IL 60090
Toll Free: 1-800-288-6796 Office: (847) 537-0102
WEBSITE:   http://www.evangersdogfood.com/

2009-06-12-FDA Suspends Temporary Emergency Permit of Pet Food Maker


FDA Suspends Temporary Emergency Permit of Pet Food Maker

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm166265.htm

June 12, 2009

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced today it was suspending the temporary Emergency Permit issued to Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co., Inc.

Evanger’s, operating in Wheeling, Illinois, deviated from the prescribed process, equipment, product shipment, and recordkeeping requirements in the production of the company’s thermally processed low acid canned food (LACF) products.  The deviations in their processes and documentation could result in under-processed pet foods, which can allow the survival and growth of Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum), a bacterium that causes botulism in some animals as well as in humans.

In April 2008, Evanger’s was issued an “Order of Need for Emergency Permit” after the agency determined that the company had failed to meet the regulatory requirements to process a product that does not present a health risk.   In June, 2008, FDA issued Evanger’s a temporary Emergency Permit.  During inspections conducted between March 2009 and April 2009, FDA determined Evanger’s was not operating in compliance with the mandatory requirements and conditions of the Temporary Emergency Permit.

“The FDA is stopping Evanger’s ability to ship pet food in interstate commerce,” said Dr. Bernadette Dunham. “Today’s enforcement action sends a strong message to manufacturers of pet food that we will take whatever action necessary to keep unsafe products from reaching consumers.”

In order for Evanger’s to resume shipping in interstate commerce, the company must document that corrective actions and processing procedures have been implemented to ensure that the finished product will not present a health hazard.

Botulism is a powerful toxin that affects the nervous system and can be fatal. The disease has been documented in dogs and cats. Signs of botulism in animals are progressive muscle paralysis, disturbed vision, difficulty in chewing and swallowing, and progressive weakness to the body. Death is usually due to paralysis of the heart or the muscles used in breathing.

While FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition is responsible for regulating all human and animal LACF processing, FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has authority over animal feed and foods.  The two centers are collaborating on this enforcement action.

2008-04-25-Evanger’s Response To FDA News Release


SOURCE:  EVANGERS PET FOODS

Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company Responds to FDA News Release

April 25, 2008

To our valued customers:

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.”

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 is not affiliated with of production 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 US +1 8002886796 Call for further information. In addition, all new or updated information will be immediately posted to our Website, www.evangersdogfood.com

ABOUT EVANGER’S DOG & CAT FOOD CO., INC.

Established in 1935, EVANGER’S Dog & Cat Food Company, Inc. is the oldest natural dog food company in the United States. Today, the suburban Chicago company is as innovative as when Fred Evanger first founded it, producing a wide array of human-grade dog and cat food dinners and supplements.

Respectfully,

Joel Sher
Vice President
Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co., Inc.

2008-04-24-Evanager’s Manager posts on Itchmo – Entire Thread -Very informative !


The thread is long, but one can just skip the small stuff and jump through to the good informational posts!  I *snipped  his opening  comment from one of the pages,  but the conversation that ensues is very, very informative.

http://itchmoforums.com/news-recall-related/april-24-08-evangers-fda-orders-food-maker-to-obtain-emerg-operating-permit-t4594.0.html

 

<Snip>April 26, 2008, 11:14:45 PM

Hello,

My name is Brenton Weaver. I am the Rocky Mountain Territorial Manager for Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co. I would like to point out that we have had NO safety issues at our plant. The problem was with the way our paperwork was filled out. For an example, one of the problems that the FDA had was that our overnight crew labeled work done after midnight as being from the previous day. The FDA has found no problems with the quality of our foods. We actually did not know that we were, in fact, violating FDA rules on paperwork. If any of you have any questions about our products, please call our office at 1-800-288-6796, or 1-847-537-0102. I can be reached at 970-471-2913 through tomorrow, Sunday the 27th (reasonable hours, please).

Thank you for your support,
Brenton Weaver
Evanger’s Pet Foods  <snip>

2008-04-24-FDA Orders Emergency Operating Permit


FDA NEWS RELEASE

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2008/ucm116886.htm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2008
Media Inquiries:
Kimberly Rawlings, 301-827-6242
Consumer Inquiries:
888-INFO-FDA

FDA Orders Pet Food Maker to Obtain Emergency Operating Permit

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an order requiring that Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co., Inc., in Wheeling, Ill., obtain an emergency permit from the FDA before its canned pet food products enter interstate commerce.

A recent inspection revealed significant deviations from prescribed documentation of processes, equipment, and recordkeeping in the production of the company’s thermally processed low acid canned food (LACF) products. These problems could result in under-processed pet foods, which can allow the survival and growth of Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum), a bacterium that causes botulism in some animals as well as in humans.

“As outlined in the Food Protection Plan, the FDA uses a risk-based approach to locate the areas of greatest risk for foods, and targets preventive controls and inspections to those areas, ” said Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. “The FDA’s authority to issue an order requiring an emergency permit is an enforcement tool designed to prevent unsafe foods from reaching consumers.”

The FDA issues an “Order of Need for Emergency Permit” if the agency determines that a company fails to meet the regulatory requirements to process a product that does not present a health risk. For Evanger’s to resume business, the company must document that corrective actions and processing procedures have been implemented to ensure that the finished product will not present a health hazard.

Botulism is a powerful toxin that affects the nervous system and can be fatal. The disease has been documented in dogs and cats. Signs of botulism in animals are progressive muscle paralysis, disturbed vision, difficulty in chewing and swallowing, and progressive weakness to the body. Death is usually due to paralysis of the heart or the muscles used in breathing.

In light of human botulism illnesses and recalls that occurred due to under-processed hot dog chili sauce, and potentially under-processed canned green beans, FDA has urged all LACF processors to review their operations and the apply scientific principles and regulations that have been established to provide a safe product.

While FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine has authority over animal feed and foods, CFSAN is responsible for regulating all human and animal LACF processing. The two centers are collaborating on this enforcement action.

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