TruthaboutPetFood.com received the following release from Evangers Pet Food stating the FDA has closed its investigation of Evangers Pet Food; a warning letter that was issued in May 2011.
From Evangers Pet Food:
FDA CLOSES WARNING ISSUE FOR ILLINOIS-BASED PET FOOD COMPANY
Evanger’s clears its name after a thorough investigation proves no wrongdoing
WHEELING, IL (March 22, 2013) Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company is excited to lay to rest allegations of misbranding pet food products.
Almost two years ago, the FDA made serious allegations against the company after sample DNA extractions from two products out of 300 formulations Evanger’s produced in 2010, could not confirm that lamb was present in a lamb-based product, or that duck was present in a duck-based product. Though Evanger’s was granted a period of time to conduct a third-party investigation into the matter, the FDA released a Warning Letter on May 5, 2011.
Soon after engaging with Burdock Group, a notable food safety and regulatory compliance consulting firm, and Genetic ID, a USDA-approved independent testing laboratory, test results from the same batches disproved the FDA’s allegations. In addition to these third-party test results, Evanger’s furnished numerous records documenting the purchase of materials needed to make the products in question. After a lengthy period of investigation, the FDA has officially closed the Warning.
“The damage to our reputation is difficult to repair, but we are grateful at last to be able to move on from this issue,” said Holly Sher, President of Evanger’s. “Throughout our 78-year history, our company has never been involved in any recall, mandatory or voluntary, and we look forward to continuing our mission to provide the most nutritious human-grade, USA-sourced pet foods made in our own Illinois kitchens.”
Founded in 1935, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company is the only privately-held, family-owned and operated pet food cannery in the United States. Dedicated to improving the health, length, and quality of life of pets through wholesome, hand-packed nutrition, Evanger’s has NEVER been involved in a recall, voluntary or mandatory, throughout its 78-year history. Made in the USA, in the kitchen of Evanger’s, each farm-fresh food ingredient is not only made and sourced in the United States, but also hand collected daily from human-grade USDA inspected facilities. 90% of ingredients are sourced within 50 miles of the Illinois plant, and are used within 24 hours. Evanger’s is committed to its partnership with independent pet retailers. To find an Evanger’s retail location near you, visit www.evangersdogfood.com/stores. To learn more about why Evanger’s continues to be the choice of top handlers, breeders, and enthusiasts, visit www.evangersdogfood.com.
The close-out date of the warning letter from the FDA website is stated as February 28, 2013.
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