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  1. Donna Frano

    I had a can of Hunk of Beef. Tried to feed it to my persnickety dog. She turned up her nose at it and it got tossed.

    Thank God.

  2. Jeanette Owen

    Most these pet food company owners have their heads up there butts – that’s where their “pet food” comes from.

  3. T Allen

    I love the last 4 questions! They are SO lying. Expansion joints are “cracks in the floor” because they can’t be sanitized. They admit there was condensation, it’s not allowed and if they have it it was likely dripping onto the wrong places. Pooling water means it wasn’t squeegeed between cleanings and at 57* you get flies, even in the winter. Good thing it was APHIS doing the inspection (not human grade) because FSIS they would have been shut down for the condensation alone. Reason…imagine open metal beams overhead in a kitchen. Flies land and poop, condesation forms and washes poop off when it drips (along with dirt, rust, etc) right into/ onto the product or equipment that will contact the product. Yummy.

  4. Jane

    I just saw an article on Pet Food Industry in which he’s now claiming that the adulterated pet food didn’t technically kill the affected dog.

    “The one that didn’t survive was a 13- or 14-year-old Pug that had some health issues,” said Sher. “The decision was made to euthanize the fourth Pug.”

    They’re spinning this so hard that I’m getting dizzy!

    Do you know what happens to food that’s recalled like this? Are they compelled to destroy it?

  5. tinab158

    I really want to know who the supplier is and what other dog food manufacturers they supply with meat.

  6. Dianne & Pets

    They have been known to show up overseas with the lot numbers covered by a new label.

  7. mickey

    who are the other two brands that use that supplier?

  8. Tim

    What a perfect way to end such a revolting promotional release.

    “There are no flies in Illinois in winter.”

    Nothing to see here, folks.

    1. Ian

      I know. “There are no flies in Illinois in winter.” ha ha ha ha ha ha. Unless the interior of the buildings and storage buildings and production lines are all kept below freezing (they just said temperatures were 57 degrees one day causing the condensation) there certainly could be flies. I am really surprised they would outright call the inspectors liars. Susan, I am very interested in your take on “The investigators were unaware that another USDA branch that covers pet food existed. “

      1. Cheryl Bond

        “Susan, I am very interested in your take on “The investigators were unaware that another USDA branch that covers pet food existed. “

        I too, would like some clarity on this. How in the world does Investigator’s NOT know about this? This just seems too BIZZARRE!

        Evanger’s denounces ALL of the Investigator’s findings…I seriously don’t know who to believe! I also remember from the original post that FDA also sighted…Birds flying around, un-working refrigeration, raw meat being processed on porous wood table tops (WTH?!) & then of course, WHERE would that raw meat go, if there was not working refrigeration?!!!!

        It also seems quite unbelievable that if these violations were true, that the FDA only would cite them in a report, verses give them legitimate violations, or hault all production right then & there! I mean WTH kind of violations does it take to make that happen? With the above cited violations, I mean SERIOUSLY! that seems more than enough! Who are we to believe? The FDA or Evanger’s? Like another person commented…”they’re spinning this so much, my head hurts!” 😵

        I am sure we are all eagerly waiting to hear your take on all of this Susan!

        1. Susan Thixton Author

          I’m working on the post. Investigators knew what they were doing, so did Evanger’s. I believe Evanger’s was trying to use smoke and mirrors (through use of official sounding acronyms) to make them look innocent.

  9. Shell Huber

    I would never buy anything made by them. The owners are not to be trusted or believed. Remember the stealing of gas and electricity?

  10. Lynn Marie Utecht

    This company is just unbelievable. This Q and A has slime written all over it. Turns my stomach.

  11. maxine

    I thought their answers were way more concise than every other companies’ reply ive read in the past.

  12. Observer

    A perfect chapter in the book: “How to Deflect Blame 101” … should be required reading for all disciples of Evanger’s.

    My guess is, the “Sher’s” themselves didn’t craft this latest release (well maybe except for the Fly part!).
    It has “Legal” written all over it.
    Let the lawsuit begin….

  13. Peter

    No wonder it took the Shers a week to finalize the expanded recall: they needed time to craft their spin to diffuse responsibility. They should offer an anti-nausea drug to anyone expected to read it without becoming dizzy. I think that an effective in-store display for their products should make the cans whirl on the shelves.

    The Shers insist that FDA inspectors are “unaware” of who does what with regulation of pet food manufacture. To defend their statements– and confuse consumers– they again mis-state that relationship: USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has no involvement in meat inspection, except for assisting suppliers with export certifications if they are exporting to other countries.

  14. Peter

    No wonder it took the Shers a week to finalize the expanded recall: they needed time to craft their spin to diffuse responsibility. They should offer an anti-nausea drug to anyone expected to read it without becoming dizzy. I think that an effective in-store display for their products should make the cans whirl on the shelves.

    The Shers scold whomever possible and insist that FDA inspectors are “unaware” of who does what with regulation of pet food manufacture. To defend their statements– and confuse consumers– they again mis-state that relationship: USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has no involvement in meat inspection, except for assisting suppliers with export certifications if they are exporting to other countries.

  15. Lisa Hill

    No more wet dog food for my dogs. Organic roasted chicken! This was a BIG eye opening experience for me.

  16. Dr Amy

    The whole Q and A reveals a lot of the problems with the pet food industry and the lack of regulation where it matters. Also, I would be really curious to know IF there ARE pentobarbital “test kits”. (Not sure why anyone would manufacture those). I don’t feed this food and once again I wonder why I get criticism from colleagues for feeding real food to my dogs (vs processed manufactured food) when over and over it is proven that manufactured food is NOT always safe.

  17. Debi

    Sure, we believe you.

  18. maria goines

    that’s why i only feed raw food from a company i trust

  19. Julia Ramirez

    Sickening, they shame their heritage. May God allow total devastating bankruptcy of ALL your stocks, for the lies, pain and deaths you have caused.

    1. Brent

      Kinda harsh Julia. There are recalls on human food all the time. People get sick, that’s how it is discovered. Thankfully it was a couple of dogs rather a whole country full of them as in 2008. I may be alone in this but I think Evangers handled it well. They recalled after just ONE incident was reported.

      1. Ian

        wow the Evangers apologists/shills are still trying to spin this story ! they didn’t recall after one incident was reported…. after one incident was reported they did everything possible to deny their food could be at fault until government testing determined they were in fact at fault despite all their previous denials and attempts to cast blame on the pet owner. Only THEN did they recall.

        1. Jeanette Owen

          A freeze dried pet food company here in Az was telling me the 3 slaughter houses she went to & picked the best, said the others were horrid. I just hate to think what goes into pet food, I mean really. They all paint pretty pictures & people buy into it. Sad

      2. Peter

        Its not that harsh, its realistic. “Thankfully it was a couple of dogs…” and that is something to take relief in? One of them is no longer living. Bringing the 2007 incident in as comparison is about as thick as it can get.

        The statement is crafted to confuse. And to infer quality of supply that clearly is not present. The Sher’s once again insist that their suppliers are registered, but USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has no involvement in meat inspection, except for assisting suppliers with export certifications if they are exporting to other countries.

        The incident is reflective of the culture of deception that the Sher’s have and continue to pursue. I am tempted to suggest that their store displays be changed so that the cans revolve to emulate the spin that the Sher’s work so hard at.

    2. Reader

      Nobody’s “heritage” has anything to do with whatever. And melodrama fails to serve a purpose. Keep in mind, human food recalls also include undeclared allergens. True, Listeria is a serious pathogen. E.coli is less prevalent.

      The point is, the assurance steps the Shers are “now” taking, were required in the first place. At the very least, strategic sampling. Exactly for the reasons in their own statement. Meaning an exceptional history of doing business with suppliers …. still doesn’t mean individual players aren’t going to shift their game. PFI Insiders know far more background than ever divulged to the public. So all the more reason to be consistently vigilant. As must be the human food industry. One fatally tainted jar of baby food killing a child is enough to put a company out of business. It’s all about trust. And perception.

  20. Shell

    This from a guy who stole electricity and gas. Now that’s someone to trust.

  21. Darlene

    ”Sadly, this company was once one of our most trusted meat suppliers. But they are solely responsible for the pentobarbital-tainted meat found in some cans of Evanger’s Hunk of Beef and Against the Grain Pulled Beef.”

    Uh, no, sorry Evangers…nice try. YOU are solely responsible because YOU manufactured and sold tainted products!!
    Trying to point the finger elsewhere and absolve blame from yourself is a disgrace.

  22. Terri Christenson Janson

    Excuse me…I live in Michigan where we get WINTER. WE get flies in the winter. Ive seen some in my house! If it warms up into the 50’s we get flies OUTSIDE too. Hummmmm……..

  23. PJ

    So no horse dna?

  24. Shannon Lafountain

    I agree that they have no feeling for pets or their owners. Pets are like children would these people feed this food to their children or grand children.

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