We want the best for our pets, which is why we put a lot of effort into finding the healthiest food for them.
One dog food company has recently issued a recall on their Hunk of Beef food because it was discovered that the canned food contains a deadly drug and horse meat. Yep, horse meat.
Evanger’s, the dog food company responsible for providing safe food for dogs, is blaming their meat supplier and the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) found that there are systems in place that restrict euthanized animals from getting into the food stream. However; they also concluded that there are health concerns in the facility where this particular food was made. Some of these issues included mold on the walls and peeling paint, lack of raw meat refrigeration, and an open sewer within 25 feet of food storage trailers.
Evanger’s Vice President, Joel Sher contested the findings of the FDA and told Petfood Industry that no regulatory violations had been issued against the facility by the 483 report and there had just been observations. He was unaware of any mold growing on the walls, nor of any peeling paint, asserting that there isn’t any paint used in the facility. He also went on to state that the open sewer was actually an open manhole cover in the parking lot.
“It [pentobarbital] was never on the radar screen,” Sher, said, of the barbiturate that is used to euthanize animals, which is also used as a sedative for humans. “It wasn’t an appropriate test in our industry, for what we do, to test for pentobarbital…I might as well start testing for radioactivity at this point. It’s certainly not on the radar screen, but if something ever happened you know someone will say we didn’t check for it.”
The contaminated pet food was discovered when a pug died after consuming the pentobarbital tainted dog food. Four other dogs were found ill after eating the same food.
“The one that didn’t survive was a 13- or 14-year-old Pug that had some health issues,” said Sher, who is set on the fact that the pet food didn’t technically kill the pug. “The decision was made to euthanize the fourth Pug.”
In a February 19th update that was posted on Evanger’s website, they stated the following…
“The guilty party has turned out to be one of our most trusted meat suppliers. A USDA-APHIS inspected supplier who we had done business with for over 40 years, and whose plant we had visited numerous times over the years.”
On the other hand, FDA officials are saying that the Hunk of Beef meat did not come from a USDA-approved supplier of human-grade meat.
“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.”
Since 2003, Evanger’s has described its products as human-grade and has been seen promoting the food as such in the press. The article suggested that Evanger’s claims, in contrast to FDA findings, may result in allegations of deception or false advertising by the Federal Trade Commission.
Sher is fighting the allegations, stating that the website was created prior to the launch of the Hunk of Beef product. Evidently, there were no updates to the website since then?