Feb 182017

ATTENTION: Processed Dog Food ingredients not as stated by manufacturer.

Dog food recall Against the Grain

Dog food recall Against the Grain Pulled Beef

Dog food recall Evanger's

Dog Food Recall Evanger’s Hunk of Beef

Notice of recalls on EVANGER’S and AGAINST THE GRAIN Dog Foods.*

The FDA became involved when reports of 5 dogs became ill after eating Evanger’s dog food. One dog died.

This situation is being exposed although it is not getting much press coverage in mainstream media. It is an important for you to know, and share with others.

The owner’s of these two companies are related. They are brother and sister. They both used the same processing facility in relation to the recalled dog food products.  The investigation by the FDA is ongoing.

Key points of this case so far:

  • Evanger’s claimed the beef in its Hunk of Beef dog food product came from a USDA approved supplier.
  • The FDA reports a bill of lading from Evanger’s supplier stated “Inedible Hand Deboned Beef – For Pet Food Use Only. Not fit for Human Consumption”.
  • The supplier’s facility is not authorized as a USDA approved and does not bear a USDA inspection mark therefore not approved as human grade.

The FDA’s preliminary investigation report included:

At Evanger’s Wheeling, IL facility:

Evidence of unsanitary conditions
Inadequate refrigeration
Improper storage
Inadequate control of ambient temperature during hand-packing operations

At Evanger’s Markham, IL manufacturing location:

Avian activity

The FDA will continue to investigate to determine where the pentobarbital came from.

*Check with Evanger’s and Against the Grain sites for specific recall notices  and information on returning the dog food product. DO NOT FEED THE RECALLED DOG FOOD PRODUCTS TO YOUR DOGS,

This is not the first time Evanger’s has come under fire for their dog foods.

It is a dark time for pet food as ingredients and processing has light shined upon common pet food practices. Animal welfare individuals and groups have been talking about this for some time to educate the public to what you are feeding your dog. Want to know. Demand to know. Many people will likely get very angry.

An educated consumer is a powerful consumer. Once you know the details of many, not all, pet food manufacturing processes, you will spend your money in new ways to care for your dog.

I’ve gone human grade and make my pet’s food. I determine the quality, freshness, and ensure a balanced diet to help my pets live a healthy and long life. And my pets greatly appreciate the variety of healthy food. Their vibrant health is easy to see.

What do you feed your dog? Your other pets? Have you had experiences with pet illness due to toxic food or treats? How do you feel about the pet food industry?

(See previous posts on pet food recalls, pet treat recalldog treat recall and challenges with processed dog foods, moremore.)

Oct 132016

If your dog is walking away before licking the bowl shiny clean, he is sending a message. Let’s explore some possible reasons dog food is left behind:dog-food-bowls

The food is junk and tastes horrible.
Invest in quality food and your dog will love you for it.  (And your wallet long-term from fewer vet bills) Poor quality food can actually make your dog ill.

The food smells rancid and is rotting in the bin (and the bowl.)
Yeah, you see a value in the the giant bag for a couple bucks savings.  But the dog food begins going rancid the moment you open the bag (and often before that).  Select the bag with the longest “best by” date and keep the bag size under what your dog will consume in 3 weeks.

Your dog is allergic to the food and knows it.
The fewer ingredients, the better the chance it will suit your dog’s body.  Be willing to try something else to account for taste preferences as well.

Portion sizes are too high.
Feed your dog appropriately for his individual needs.  As a basic rule of thumb when you look down over your dog’s body there should be curves following their frame and muscles.  And their ribs do not want to be showing (for most breeds).  Stop the running buffet.  Put the fresh delicious food down and allow your dog to eat up to 20 minutes.  After that or when they leave, pick up the bowl and discard what is left.  Modify portion sizes to maintain a good weight.  Ideally feed adult dogs two times a day.

There is much to be said for giving your dog a great diet of fresh, even raw, foods.  Each family has to look at what is feasible for them in time and budget.  It’s good to revisit your dog’s diet and health regularly.

Keep food in the bag to keep oxygen away from the kibble.

Keep dog food in the bag to keep oxygen away from the kibble.