Evanger's has been given permission by FDA to resume interstate shipments immediately.
"The meeting went well," Joel Sher advised us in an e-mail yesterday evening, after returning from the "informal" hearing.
At the meeting, FDA asked Evanger's to submit a new set of Standard Operating Procedures ("SOPs") as a final condition for lifting the suspension. This should take 1-2 weeks, according to Joel.
Submission of new SOPs appears to be no more than a formality. The agency agreed that Evanger's could begin immediately to ship its canned pet foods interstate with the "review and approval" of the Company's Process Authority – the consulting firm that validated Evanger's sterilization processes and equipment.
Once FDA has received the SOPs, it will formally lift the suspension order. And Evanger's regulatory nightmare finally will be over.