By now I assume everyone with a dog has already heard about the recent Evanger's recall. For anyone who hasn't heard, perhaps those of you who don't have dogs or don't feed Evanger's/commercial dog foods, all this started back in January after one dog died and others became ill from consuming Evanger's Hunk of Beef canned food. It was eventually determined that Evanger's canned food manufactured in June of 2016 tested positive for the euthanasia drug Pentobarbital.
Evangers issued a statement basically blaming their supplier for the contamination issues.
I understand that sometimes stuff happens. Mistakes will be made. Evanger's is hardly the first pet food company to issue a recall and it will not, by any means, be the last. I think what bothers me the most about the Evanger's recall is that I feel like I was lied too.
I used to feed Kit Evanger's canned foods. Based on the ingredients and information available, I felt it to be a pretty high quality dog food. Kit enjoyed it, and compared to other high quality foods it was competitively priced. Evanger's website currently still states that their products are made from human grade USDA inspected meat, a factor that played a part in my purchasing it for Kit.
But why would human grade, USDA inspected meat contain Pentobarbital?
The U.S Food & Drug Administration recently issued a statement saying, in part, that "in its recent press release announcing a limited product recall, Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company, Inc. stated that the beef for its Hunk of Beef product came from a “USDA approved” supplier. However, the FDA reviewed a bill of lading from Evanger’s supplier of “Inedible Hand Deboned Beef - For Pet Food Use Only. Not Fit For Human Consumption" and determined that the supplier’s facility does not have a grant of inspection from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The meat products from this supplier do not bear the USDA inspection mark and would not be considered human grade."
Evanger's, on their website, is still claiming to be made from USDA inspected, human grade meat when clearly it is not.
It's been quite awhile since I last fed Evanger's food to Kit, thankfully, and I've never fed it to Fen. As such, we were not directly impacted by the recent recall. What really bothers me, though, is that a pet food company can so blatantly lie about its ingredients. There needs to be more transparency in the pet food industry. Pet parents care about what they are feeding their animals, and it's very disappointing to learn that a company once touted as high quality has been lying to its patrons.
I'll tell you one thing, it doesn't at all help my already skeptical view of the pet food industry. I hate feeling like feeding my dogs commercial products is potentially putting their health in danger - that I have to spend my time researching each food company in depth because I can't trust the information they put out there themselves.
I know a lot of vets/ pet professionals still don't fully support homemade diets for pets, but I can wholeheartedly see why they are becoming more and more popular. Creating a balanced diet for your pet yourself isn't necessarily easy, and takes a lot of research, but at least you always know exactly what your pet is eating.
I'd love to hear other people's opinions - Comment below! Even if you weren't directly impacted by the Evanger's recall, how do you feel about the company claiming to use USDA inspected, human grade ingredients when the FDA has issued proof that that is not the case? Does it make you worry that other pet food brands could be lying as well?