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Evanger’s caught in pet food fraud: Plain ol’ beef substituted for duck and lamb

You know it’s going to be a bad day for food safety when it starts out with watermelons exploding in China, an FDA recall for three brands of pathogenic pig ears for Salmonella contamination, and the FDA discovery that two of Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food did not have what it was supposed to have in it: There wasn’t any duck in their duck meat pet food or any lamb in their lamb meat pet food.

Following an investigation which discovered the fraudulent pet foods, FDA sent Evanger’s a letter warning them to put a stop to their pet food fraud and to clean up their lousy record keeping.

The story goes like this: Sometime in August 2010 the FDA obtained samples of Evanger’s lamb and rice dog food from their company’s distributor and tested it.

And what did they discover?

FDA’s analysis of Evanger’s lamb pet food discovered it did not contain any lamb, but in fact contained plain old beef.

Then, in December 2010, during its inspection of Evanger’s manufacturing facility, FDA collected samples of Evanger’s grain-free duck pet food.

And – surprise! – it didn’t have any duck in it.

Not a speck.


Analysis of the food found it didn’t contain any duck meat whatsoever, but again just plain ol’ ordinary beef.

Despite the evidence, the FDA has not recalled Evanger’s duckless duck dog food, and the lambless lamb meat dog food, despite the foods being in violation of the Federal Food and Cosmetic Act as adulterated and misbranded products.

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Finally, there is the blurry recall of Keys Pig Ears for Pets Treats in which the FDA failed to clarify that Keys Pig Ear Treats for Pets are sold strictly under private label and in bulk to retailers, not to the end consumer.

So, good luck ever discovering if you bought that product.

Yesterday, a press release announced that Boss Pet Products, Inc. is recalling its Diggers Natural Treat Pig Ear dog treats because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. They have sold the contaminated product in 19 states over the last five months.

Boss Pet was notified by one of its suppliers, Keys Manufacturing Company, Inc., that a batch of Keys’ pig ear treats tested positive for Salmonella. Boss Pet Products does not have a notice on their website of their recall.

Last but not least, we have Blackman Industries, Inc. recalling all of its PrimeTime Premium Pig Ears and all of their KC Beefhide Premium Pig Ears because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The products are sold in five states across America in twenty separate retail outlets.

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  4. Thanks for another great blog. I’m gonna check out the blog link you mentioned. I just bought a few cans of Evanger’s before I got this awful news. Although I mostly feed raw, I like to keep a few cans of moist food on hand for travel or occasions of “fussy eating”. I just learned tonight via Facebook that Merrick sold out to a bigger corporation. I wrought a slightly nasty comment on their Facebook page stating my opinion, basically them to stick it up their…. Now more than ever, I feel compelled to continue to make my own food and continue to buck the tide. And I don’t know if it’s true but I read a reference to Evo/Innova also selling out. So, as far as I know, the only company I have left on my “safe” list is Fromm out of Wisconsin. I hope the cheese-heads don’t sell out!


      • This is a horrible comment. After I reading that, I did some of my own research and asked around. honestly, i dont think your information is quite correct. and you should definitely look over it. First of all, the store near me really stands by Evanger’s because it’s one of the only left in the United States that still makes their own pet food. Probably because of how hard this FDA is making it for them. And if you really take a look at what they sent out, it was just a warning letter. At least, it’s not like all of those other pet foods that are made in China with who knows what is going into that. Also, there’s no where that it says the food is harmed or anything wrong with it. But I will keep researching, I just think you are looking at this very negatively, and need to start looking at it from a different perspective. Have you contacted Evanger’s yet?


        • I know, I should probably give Evanger’s a break. Golly, after all, I’m sure they feel just terrible about ripping their state off for $2,000,000 in utilities, gettin busted by the FDA a few years ago, and now…they were only just trying to save money by using cheap beef instead of duck or lamb meat. They probably just didn’t have time to change the labels. I feel for them, I really do.



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