April 2008

Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company needs to get an emergency permit before it can send its products across state lines, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) says.

FDA recently found problems in Evanger’s processes that it said could result in under-processed pet foods, which can allow the survival and growth of Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that causes botulism in some animals and humans.

Government inspectors found  "significant deviations from prescribed documentation of processes, equipment, and record-keeping in the production of the company’s thermally processed low acid canned food products."

Evanger’s is based in the Chicago area.  It was founded in 1935, and claims to produce "a wide array of human-grade dog and cat food dinners and supplements." 

Yum.

Evanger’s customer service department can be reached at 1-800-288-6796.

The UPI story  is here.

A frozen salted Croaker fish that may carry botulism is being recalled by a New Jersey food store, according to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.   Here’s the poop from the company press release distributed by FDA:

Grand Supercenter, Inc. of Lyndhurst, NJ is recalling the following product because they have the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium, which can cause life-threatening illness or death.

HC Fresh, Frozen Salted Croaker,
Net. Wt.: 16.9 oz (480 gram),
Item # HC 0500402,
Expiration Date: Aug 02. 2009

Consumers are warned not to use these products even if they do not look or smell spoiled.

HC Fresh Frozen Salted Croaker was distributed through H Mart stores including H Mart and Super H Mart in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Texas area.

See the pr package on the FDA website here.