FDA has found that the processing procedures at Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Company, Inc. in Wheeling, IL leave something to be desired. The agency has issued a notice to the company that it must obtain an emergency permit from FDA before it can sell its canned pet foods interstate.
Evanger's canned pet food is all-meat, grain-free, and even kosher. It has received the approval of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, but not of the FDA, which answers to a different authority.
According to the FDA order, Evanger's processing documentation has been inadequate, leading to the possibility that Clostridium botulinum might be able to survive in the canned pet foods. While the types of botulism toxin that are dangerous to humans – A, B, and E – usually don't affect dogs or cats, types C and D can be dangerous to both cats and dogs.
Simply handling contaminated pet food that contains Clostridium botulinum or its toxin may also be risky. The microbe can infect open sores, producing "wound botulism". Or, a miniscule amount of toxin may be transferred onto the handler's skin and, inadvertently, be ingested. It takes very little toxin to make someone ill.
FDA appears to be of the opinion that the product does not present any immediate risk. Nevertheless, it is requiring the company to bring its documentation and processing practices into line with federal requirements. Otherwise, Evanger's will not be permitted to sell their products outside of the state of Illinois.
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