Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Evanger's Fights Back

June 16, 2009

Evanger's Dog and Cat Food Co., Inc. announced today that it has filed a formal request with FDA for reinstatement of its Low Acid Canned Food operating permit.

On June 12th, FDA suspended the temporary Emergency Permit under which Evanger's had been operating its canned pet food facility for approximately a year. The federal agency, in announcing the suspension, said that the company "...was not operating in compliance with the mandatory requirements and conditions of the Temporary Emergency Permit."

The suspension did not prevent Evanger's from producing and selling canned pet food within its home state of Illinois, but barred the company from selling the canned foods across state lines.

The company claims that their dispute with FDA is nothing more than "...a misunderstanding regarding paperwork updating the company's processing protocols that was submitted last year." Evanger's emphasizes that no products have been recalled. Furthermore, according to company Vice President Joel Sher, many of FDA's outstanding questions have already been addressed.

A careful reading of the FDA's formal notice of deficiencies, posted on Evanger's web site, appears to support Evanger's position. Let's hope that FDA and Evanger's can come to an understanding that will put this pet food issue to bed.


  1. Thank you so much for posting this article!!!!!!!!
    Finally, A SIGH OF RELIEF!! :-D

  2. Wasnt the 'just paperwork' excuse the same one used last summer when FDA took action against them. I too am breathing a huge sigh of relief, however, am also hoping this goes further and evangers is shut down FOR GOOD!

  3. Any updated information? It's been nearly two months now.

  4. I checked on this a couple of weeks ago with Joel Sher of Evangers and with FDA. Essentially, there has been no change from the status update that I posted on June 25th (http://efoodalert.blogspot.com/2009/06/evangers-back-on-track-with-fda.html).

    Evanger's have been given permission to ship product across state lines on a lot-by-lot approval basis while the final paperwork wrinkles are being ironed out between the company and FDA.

    I continue to monitor the situation.


  5. In the last month I have had 4 of 4 cases not meet te quality I have always received. Maybe the FDA is on to something. The 4 cases were all short product inside by 1/2" and all had alot more juice as a filler. This is the hand packed product. I'm very disappointed in Evanger's poor quality control and repeated issues with the FDA. Checking out other high grade competitvie products.


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