Earlier this month we shared the recall of Evanger’s “Hunk of Beef Aus Jus” and “Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy” canned dog foods due to the discovery of pentobarbital found in the meat of the cans. We’ve now been notified that the FDA has publicized its investigation into Evanger’s canned dog food and manufacturing facilities. All Phydeaux locations are pulling Evanger’s canned dog food, cat food, and sweet potato purees from our shelves and discontinuing these items from our stores effective immediately. Please feel free to return any of these canned items to our stores for a refund or replacement.
The FDA’s website highlights the motivations behind its recommendation that pet owners stop feeding their pets certain lots of canned Evanger’s foods immediately. A portion of their statement reads:
“The FDA began investigating Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company Inc. when it learned about five dogs in a single household that suffered acute neurological symptoms shortly after eating the product. One dog was euthanized after secondary complications, and three others recovered after receiving veterinary care. One of the dogs treated remains on seizure medication, and the fifth dog that ate the least amount of food recovered with time.
The stomach contents of the deceased dog and an open can of the product were tested by an FDA Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network lab, and unopened cans of the product from the pet owner and retailer that sold the products (from the same production lot), were tested by FDA’s lab. All of the samples tested positive for pentobarbital.
In its recent press release announcing a limited product recall, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company, Inc. stated that the beef for its Hunk of Beef product came from a “USDA approved” supplier. However, the FDA reviewed a bill of lading from Evanger’s supplier of “Inedible Hand Deboned Beef – For Pet Food Use Only. Not Fit For Human Consumption” and determined that the supplier’s facility does not have a grant of inspection from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The meat products from this supplier do not bear the USDA inspection mark and would not be considered human grade. USDA-FSIS regulates slaughter of animals for human consumption only. Testing by USDA-FSIS of Evanger’s Hunk of Beef confirmed that the meat used in the product was bovine (beef).”
Evanger’s facilities have been inspected by the FDA, who has now posted their analysis of these facilities and specifically named Evanger’s Hand Pulled Hunk of Beef Aus Jus 12oz canned dog food and Against the Grain Grain-Free Pulled Beef with Gravy 12oz canned dog food to be adulterated, or “bear[ing] or contain[ing] any added poisonous or added deleterious substance that is unsafe within the meaning of section 402.”
Below is an excerpt from the FDA’s thorough inspection of Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company, INC.
Additionally, multiple inspections of Nutripack, LLC. produced the following observations:
We will be following any additional publications by the FDA regarding Evanger’s and their manufacturing facilities closely, and will notify our customers immediately of any new developments. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your Evanger’s food, please feel free to contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.