Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Discussion about FDA action against Evanger's on Food Blog

Please view this article for more information about FDA action against Evanger's and the company's response.

Updated Response to FDA Action

In response to the recent Food and Drug Administration action, Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Co., Inc. has filed a formal request, as allowed by FDA regulations, for reinstatement based on documentation that the company is operating in full compliance with mandatory requirements.

“Our company has been working closely with the FDA and we have already addressed many of their questions,” says Joel Sher, Vice President of Evanger’s. “No Evanger’s product has been recalled, nor is there any indication that Evanger’s products are unsafe or contaminated in any way. Only our canned products have been affected by this action and, again, the FDA has not issued a recall as some blogs have incorrectly stated.”

The FDA action appears to be based on a misunderstanding regarding paperwork updating the company’s processing protocols that was submitted last year. Joel comments, “Our FDA consultants are in the process of re-submitting these files. The safety and quality of all Evanger’s products is our number one concern and we are working closely with FDA to ensure that all record keeping and processes have met, and will continue to meet their strict guidelines.”

“As our customers, retailers and distributors know, Evanger’s takes the quality and safety of its pet foods very seriously,” says Holly Sher, President of Evanger’s. “Evanger’s has a long history of using the finest human grade ingredients prepared under strict manufacturing procedures. We have been producing safe, wholesome and natural products for over 75 years and continue to feed them daily to our own pets.”

Consumers and distributors may contact Evanger’s customer service department at (800) 288-6796. In addition, all new or updated information will be posted to www.evangersdogfood.com as soon as it becomes available.

ABOUT EVANGER’S DOG & CAT FOOD CO., INC.
Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company, Inc. is the oldest natural dog food company in the United States. Today, the suburban Chicago company is as innovative as when Fred Evanger first established it in 1935. Manufactured in the U.S.A., all Evanger’s products are made with U.S. sourced ingredients.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Note from one of our customers

Thank you, Caroyln, for this contribution:

Thank you for providing the response to the FDA on your web site.

I was sent a mass e-mail this morning by a friend alerting me to the permit pull. I went to your web site because I KNEW there had to be a reasonable explanation. And of course there was, right there in black & white. I replied to all who were sent the mass e-mail telling them to look at your website and attached the link.

Evanger's has always provided the highest quality food and I have 100% confidence in you company. The irony is that the mega-pet food companies with all sorts of crap in their food that poisons dogs are FDA approved since they have teams of lawyers to keep on top of all the paperwork and likely have assigned reps who work with them guiding them through the process. Talk about the FDA missing the forest for the trees!

I buy your Pheasant and Brown Rice food at Parker's Pets in Hyde Park for my 9 year old Rottweiler Lindy and will gladly continue to do so.

To All Our Valued Customers

To All Valued EVANGER’S DOG AND CAT FOOD CO., INC. Customers,

As you may be aware, the United States Food and Drug Administration has taken action against our company. Although there are no recalls, or any allegations of unsafe foods manufactured by Evanger’s, we feel that we must respond to this situation with a detailed report to you, our customers.

The main reason for the suspension of our permit involves confusion while updating the FILED SCHEDULED PROCESSES as required by F.D.A. rules 21 CFR 108.35(2) and 21 CFR 113.83. The rules dictate that all “STYLES” of food must be studied for adequate heat penetration to achieve “commercial sterility”. This procedure usually involves the understanding that heat penetrates different consistencies of product at different rates. For example, heat penetrates Evanger’s 100% ALL MEAT COOKED CHICKEN at a different rate than Evanger’s ALL FRESH VEGETARIAN style formula.

Our “Process Authority” (F.D.A. recognized expert) communicated to the F.D.A. that he intended to file a single SCHEDULED PROCESS that would cover ALL loaf style foods that are manufactured at Evanger’s using the “MOST RIGOROUS” process (VEGETARIAN). The intention being, that applying this process to all of our loaf style products would add an additional layer of safety. At the same time, our Process Authority indicated that he would “CLEAN UP” our file by deleting older processes.

In August of 2008, our process authority completed the update of our file.

During a regularly scheduled inspection by the F.D.A. earlier this year, the FDA inspector informed us that the FILED PROCESSES that we normally use were deleted from our file. Furthermore, the only FILED PROCESS that remained only allowed us to manufacture “VEGETARIAN” foods. To give you a complete picture of the facts, here is the actual explanation that was sent to us by the F.D.A. as cited for the reason for taking action (SEE ATTACHED)

[FDA STATEMENT FOLLOWS]

Your firm’s processing authority’s response stated it had replaced two older filings with a new filing, Submission Identifier (SID) 2008-03-21/003, to cover all variations of “Loaf Style” pet food produced by Evanger’s in the 300 x 400 can size including “Vegetarian Style Loaf”. However, documentation on all formula types that your firm intended to include under this filing was not provided. Compliance with 21 CFR 108.35(c)(2) will require your firm to submit a filing for each of the above products, including the ingredients for the various formulations. The additional products that can be called “loafs” using the same process will need their own SID unless they can be included in the existing filing (SID 2008-03-21/003) in which case your processing authority will have to show that these additional products heat the same or faster than the product originally filed as SID 2008-03-21/003 and that the filed minimum scheduled process is sufficient for the safety of all the various product formulations.

Your firm failed to submit to FDA, within 30 days after first use, a complete description of the modification made and utilized and a copy of the file record showing prior substantiation by a qualified scientific authority for the following products as required by 21 CFR 108.35(c)(2)(ii):

· On 8/12/08, TechniCAL (your contracted process authority) cancelled SID# 1996-03-15/001 and SID# 1977-08-23/001, Loaf Style Dog and Cat Food Ground Meat & Grain Blends in tinplate steel 300 x 405 and 300 x 407 cans, respectively. FDA was not notified of the change from the can size filed to 300 x 400 for Loaf Style Dog and Cat Food Ground Meat & Grain Blends.

In short, Evanger’s and its Process Authority believe the processes filed with F.D.A. cover all its products, though FDA appears to disagree.

The management of EVANGER’S is working closely with the F.D.A and our Process Authority to resolve this matter quickly.

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THESE IMPORTANT FACTS:

· The issue involves only canned food products.

· THERE ARE NO RECALLS OR SAFETY ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SITUATION.

· All Evanger’s products that are currently on store shelves are safe as they always have been.

· Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Co., Inc. continues and will continue to manufacture the highest quality, nutritious, wholesome, innovative and safe pet foods and treats as it has done for over 75 years.

We hope this response addresses the confusion that has been in the marketplace as of recently. For all additional inquiries, please contact EVANGER’S DOG AND CAT FOOD CO., INC. at 1800 288-6796.

We thank you for your understanding.

Respectfully,

Joel Sher
Vice President
EVANGERS DOG AND CAT FOOD CO., INC.