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Author Topic: FDA Suspends Temporary Emergency Permit of Pet Food Maker Evanger's  (Read 131196 times)
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3catkidneyfailure
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« on: April 24, 2008, 03:52:10 PM »

http://www.fda.gov:80/bbs/topics/NEWS/2008/NEW01825.html

FDA News
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2008
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FDA Orders Pet Food Maker to Obtain Emergency Operating Permit
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an order requiring that Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Co., Inc., in Wheeling, Ill., obtain an emergency permit from the FDA before its canned pet food products enter interstate commerce.

A recent inspection revealed significant deviations from prescribed documentation of processes, equipment, and recordkeeping in the production of the company's thermally processed low acid canned food (LACF) products. These problems could result in under-processed pet foods, which can allow the survival and growth of Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum), a bacterium that causes botulism in some animals as well as in humans.

"As outlined in the Food Protection Plan, the FDA uses a risk-based approach to locate the areas of greatest risk for foods, and targets preventive controls and inspections to those areas, " said Dr. Stephen Sundlof, director, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. "The FDA's authority to issue an order requiring an emergency permit is an enforcement tool designed to prevent unsafe foods from reaching consumers.”
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Arlo
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« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2008, 03:53:51 PM »

What do they have to do to get a permit?  I hope they have to prove no botulism.
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2008, 03:57:17 PM »

Arlo, you got there before I could post whole article. Hope this answers your question:


The FDA issues an "Order of Need for Emergency Permit” if the agency determines that a company fails to meet the regulatory requirements to process a product that does not present a health risk. For Evanger's to resume business, the company must document that corrective actions and processing procedures have been implemented to ensure that the finished product will not present a health hazard.

Botulism is a powerful toxin that affects the nervous system and can be fatal. The disease has been documented in dogs and cats. Signs of botulism in animals are progressive muscle paralysis, disturbed vision, difficulty in chewing and swallowing, and progressive weakness to the body. Death is usually due to paralysis of the heart or the muscles used in breathing.

In light of human botulism illnesses and recalls that occurred due to under-processed hot dog chili sauce, and potentially under-processed canned green beans, FDA has urged all LACF processors to review their operations and the apply scientific principals and regulations that have been established to provide a safe product.

While FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine has authority over animal feed and foods, CFSAN is responsible for regulating all human and animal LACF processing. The two centers are collaborating on this enforcement action.
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Arlo
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« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2008, 03:59:09 PM »

Thank you, 3cat! That is exactly what I wanted to know.  Every since there was counterfeit paperwork for counterfeit materials, I have been nervous.
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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2008, 04:07:24 PM »

JustMe has already put links in the cat food and dog food by experience threads.
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« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2008, 05:25:12 PM »

Thank you for posting
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« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2008, 05:43:00 PM »

 Angry  I knew this would happen. When I read a while back some people found odd stuff in their cans I finshed off what I had at the time..and man I got a deal cause my dealer was selling me a case of 24 cans for 20.00  ..not bad...I had no issues with it but I did notice when I got a case of the beef he started itching. HE IS NOT allergic to beef...I had allergy testing done on him. So anyhow I wondered when I saw all the posts on green gob and all...if issues would come up because ...they say it is all meat (the two flavors I bought) and KOSHER...I can't recall exactly how they worded it but it sounded like humans could eat it...it may have said so on the site or can..or maybe when I talked to the girl way back on the phone...Today I bought a huge pork loin and man I am glad I have not been feeding much animal food...If a human ate this food or handled it they too can get Botulism and die in most cases. I was a bit shocked to see this today.....but yet not...I felt guity today spending over 20.00 on a roast for a dog when I know people are starving all over but I do not feel so bad now
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« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2008, 07:35:16 PM »

Isn't this just great.  It's a food I use to like.
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« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2008, 07:23:14 AM »

WHAT?!?!?!??!?!?!?!

I put Daisy back on it after a break of a few months.  It gave her the runs so I took her off again!  When was the botulism found?  The last can she has was a week ago.  She ate it for about two weeks. 
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« Reply #9 on: April 25, 2008, 07:25:15 AM »

was botulism actually found or just the potential for it?
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5CatMom
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« Reply #10 on: April 25, 2008, 07:40:36 AM »

Does this mean the FDA is actually INSPECTING something?  Well, I never!

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Offy
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« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2008, 08:10:30 AM »

IMO The FDA wouldnt even bother looking into it unless there was already serious problem.

That is what I thought. When they said "fails to meet the regulatory requirements to process a product that does not present a health risk" & "ensure that the finished product will not present a health hazard", I bet myself a $ that there were verified health issues. The topic of botulism followed and I'd bet MissKitty a bag of kibble of her choice that's what was verified or in the process of being verified.

I don't think we've heard the end of this one.
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5CatMom
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« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2008, 08:28:52 AM »

Martin,

Welcome to the forums  Grin.  I expect you're right about that.

BTW, are you the same Martin who used to blog on the main board?  I remember when a newbie blogger got hammered for being a "desperate housewife", and a kind person named "Martin" set things straight.

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3catkidneyfailure
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« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2008, 08:47:43 AM »

There are food testing strips available for Salmonella and botulism and gram negative which would
work on commercial pet food or grocey store people food if one needs to test or wants to test at home.
Probably not the most accurate tests available, but perhaps better than guessing
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« Reply #14 on: April 25, 2008, 08:50:23 AM »

There are food testing strips available for Salmonella and botulism and gram negative which would
work on commercial pet food or grocey store people food if one needs to test or wants to test at home.
Probably not the most accurate tests available, but perhaps better than guessing


do you know where I can purchase them?  I still have a can of unopened Evanger's.
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