Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Evanger's Still in Trouble with FDA, Still Denying Food Problems

The most popular post on my blog right now seems to be this one from a year ago about the FDA telling Evanger's pet food company to get it together on the botulism thing (I paraphrase, heh). So an update is probably in order. Apparently Evanger's has not made satisfactory changes and the FDA (a government org which, inexplicably, lacks the authority to mandate recalls of anything but baby milk) has recently, in effect, shut the company down:

When the FDA announced its latest enforcement against Evanger's, the agency's Dr. Bernette Dunham said: "The FDA is stopping Evanger's ability to ship pet food in interstate commerce. 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."

Before Evanger's can resume shipping products, the FDA said, it must prove that corrective actions and processing procedures have been made to ensure the company's finished product will not present a health hazard.

Botulism is a toxin that affects the nervous system and can be fatal, the FDA said. Symptoms of botulism in dogs and cat include progressive muscle paralysis, disturbed vision, trouble chewing and swallowing, and progressive weakness to the body. Death is usually caused by paralysis of the heart or the muscles used in breathing.


Jen said...

This is just GROSS Evangers!

Kasha said...


George said...

I don't understand why Evanger's is insisting this is scare tactics by the FDA. They can't prove they heated the food to a high enough temperature to kill botulism spores. I wouldn't take the chance with my animals. I wonder how many vets would even recognize botulism.

P.S. I'm glad that some of the blogs and forums have ratted out the parties who were maligning pet owners. Apparently some of these verbal assaults originated from Evanger's IP numbers.