C’mon Evanger’s. Wave the white flag. It’s time to surrender.
It just keeps getting more and more insane. Someone’s beloved pet died. Lab results definitively linked the Evanger’s Hunk of Beef pet food as the cause. Lab results definitively proved two varieties of Evanger’s Pet Food – made 6 months apart – contained a euthanized animal. The FDA spent 4 weeks performing an inspection at the pet food plants finding very unfavorable conditions and found no evidence of any human grade meat in any Evanger’s pet food. But somehow, for some reason, Evanger’s refuses to accept reality.
“We didn’t even know the word pentobarbital until this past Sunday”
Evangers stated in a video published on 2/7 “we didn’t even know the word pentobarbital until this past Sunday” (2/5/17).
The reality: The FDA began their inspection of the Evanger’s Pet Food plants on January 10th – 3 1/2 weeks before Evanger’s claims to have first heard the word pentobarbital. In fact, when the video was made – FDA was at the plant at the same time (perhaps that’s why the video looks like they are filming in a bathroom stall). It is impossible that the FDA did not inform Evanger’s of the positive pentobarbital testing results until Sunday February 5th.
“USDA inspected facilities”
Evanger’s Pet Food has continued to tell consumers – through multiple interviews and statements on their website – the meats sourced for their pet foods are “human grade” – sourced from “USDA inspected facilities”. Even in the first recall announcement Evanger’s continued with their sales pitch “we source from suppliers of meat products that are USDA approved”.
The reality: FDA has assured consumers – twice – the meat supplier was NOT an inspected USDA facility. Twice the FDA has assured consumers the meat in the recalled Evanger’s pet food was not human grade, instead it was classified as “inedible”. The FDA went one step further with the second release of information stating their ‘preliminary assessment’ indicates that “none” of Evanger’s pet food meats were sourced from USDA inspected facilities (no meats in any Evanger’s pet foods were human grade).
“the FDA has taken unprecedented actions specifically against Evanger’s”
On a page on the Evanger’s website that previously held “Pug Family Updates“, now the pet food company has begun an all out war against FDA trying to uphold their previous human grade claims. Evanger’s has posted three invoices for “Edible Beef Bones” and one invoice for “Edible Beef Liver” – proving to the public…absolutely nothing.
The reality: No invoice for meat was posted (bones are not meat). Further, invoices can claim anything. The ‘truth’ is in the verification of the claim. FDA investigated each Evanger supplier (of ingredients) finding “none of these suppliers are USDA-FSIS registered facilities.”
Evanger’s Pet Food threw a bunch of official sounding acronyms at pet food retailers hoping to deflect any responsibility for manufacturing tainted pet food. In an email from Evanger’s to retailers the pet food company provided this question and answer…
“Q: Is it true that the beef supplier was not USDA inspected?A: No, that is not true. FDA investigators questioned the USDA FSIS inspection status of the supplier on 2/8/2017. FDA was advised that the supplier is not inspected by USDA-FSIS, but by USDA-APHIS as it specifically processes meat for pet foods, and was shown the USDA-APHIS number of the supplier, which is also on every pallet that comes in from the supplier and on their bills of lading and invoices. The investigators were unaware that another USDA branch that covers pet food existed. This fact was ignored in the FDA’s press release.”
The reality: No, the ‘fact was not ignored by FDA’. No, FDA investigators were fully aware of the responsibilities of USDA-APHIS. FDA investigation found “none of these suppliers are USDA-FSIS registered facilities” and the APHIS inspection claim had expired – is “no longer active”.
The reality: Evanger’s is a manufacturer. It is their responsibility to fully understand exactly which regulatory bodies govern pet food and it is their responsibility to fully understand each and every law governing pet food. As well, it is their responsibility to accurately reiterate that information to consumers and to retailers. But they didn’t. Instead they threw a bunch of official sounding acronyms (USDA-FSIS, USDA-APHIS) in an email to retailers we can assume was hoping to confuse retailers who would in turn confuse consumers. Again, denial of reality.
“FDA’s Investigation Supports Evanger’s Claim”
Continuing the denial, it appears Evanger’s has hired a “Los Angeles-based media and branding company” known as Golden Collar Entertainment. A website has appeared – DogNewsDaily.com owned by Golden Collar Entertainment – that has nothing on it but promotional videos and content defending Evanger’s Pet Food. The site goes so far as to attack me – stating…
“Are the growing rumors true? Is Susan Thixton and her blog “Truth About PetFood” being untruthful and should be re-named “Untruths About Pet Food” ? Is it true that they’re being secretly funded by certain pet food companies to have her write negative stories about their competition?”
The reality: No…Golden Collar Entertainment (no, Evanger’s pet food). I receive no ‘secret funding’ (or ANY non-secret funding) from any pet food company. I am 100% funded by consumers who want to know the facts about pet food – including the facts about Evanger’s.
But the worst of all is this…
“that the adulterated pet food didn’t technically kill the Pug.”
PetFoodIndustry.com – a pet food trade publication – recently published an article about the Evanger’s Pet Food poisoning interviewing Vice-President Joel Sher. An unbelievable statement was provided by Joel Sher:
“that the adulterated pet food didn’t technically kill the Pug.”
The reality: This is about as cruel and heartless as it gets. To deny responsibility for the death of a pet – knowing their pet food tested positive for a lethal and illegal drug…no one with this type of an attitude should ever be in the pet food business.
What’s even crazier, is the above isn’t even all of the denial Evanger’s has thrown out to consumers and retailers. This is just a tiny portion of the madness.
It’s time Evanger’s. Wave the white flag. Give up…surrender.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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