Genetic ID NA, Inc., the lab used by Evangers Pet Food, confirms the food tested was Grain Free Duck pet food – appearing to be the same food tested by the FDA.
The following information was provided by Genetic ID NA, Inc….
“Genetic ID tested a sample for Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company, per order number 24248, as follows:
• Sample tested: Evanger’s Grain-Free Duck canned pet food, 6 oz net weight per can
• Customer Sample ID: Evanger’s Duck production code: 2401E02DK2
• Test method: Real-Time PCR
• Test: “Duck/Goose DNA”. This proprietary test targets a DNA sequence specific to Duck/Goose.
• Test result: Duck/Goose DNA is “detected” in the sample.
• This a Qualitative test, not a Quantitative test.
• Accreditation: Genetic ID is accredited to ISO17025, the international standard for laboratory accreditation. The Duck/Goose test falls within the scope of Genetic ID’s accreditation.”
Note that the above response from Genetic ID states “Evanger’s Grain-Free Duck canned pet food” – the same name of pet food that was stated in the FDA Warning letter: “On December 14, 2010, FDA collected samples of your Evanger’s Grain-free Duck Pet Food during the inspection of your facility. We found that the Evanger’s Grain-free Duck Pet Food product was adulterated.” However, it is not the same name of pet food stated in the Evanger’s statement posted on their website: “The products in question are: Evanger’s brand Super Premium Duck, Lot #2401E02DK2, and a private label customer’s Lamb & Rice formula whose Lot number was not provided by FDA.”
The lot numbers mentioned in both the statement from Genetic ID and the Evanger’s statement are the same. However, I have not heard from the FDA to confirm the lot number is the same as the product their testing found to be adulterated. Scott J. Macintire, FDA District Director that signed the FDA Warning letter to Evanger’s Pet Food is out of town this week. I left a voice mail message with an associate which has not been returned. From my experience with FDA pet food investigations, I do not expect a return call. I’ve been told numerous times in the past that the FDA cannot give any information to anyone during an investigation.
A follow up contact to Genetic ID inquiring on the results of independent testing of the Lamb & Rice pet food cited in the FDA Warning Letter has not been responded to as well. Thus, we do not know if independent testing found a different result than the FDA related to the lamb pet food.
When/if I learn more, I’ll be certain to keep everyone posted.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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