A Wheeling, Ill., pet food company may be producing food that could give pets botulism, according to the FDA. Inspections of Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co., Inc. revealed that the company had not properly documented many of the necessary steps for the production of a low acid canned food, known as LACF.
Documentation of equipment and processes is required in order to prove that LCAF products have undergone adequate thermal processing procedures. Under-processed foods, says the FDA, can be fuel for the bacteria C. botulinum, which can cause botulism in both animals and humans. Botulism strongly affects the nervous system, progressively paralyzing muscles and possibly leading to death.
The FDA has issued a letter to Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food ordering them to obtain an emergency permit from the government, showing that they had addressed the problems, before they are allowed to again distribute their products in interstate commerce.
According to a company press release, no products have been recalled, and there is no indication that any of their products are under-processed. “Evanger’s is working closely with the FDA and already has addressed many of the FDA’s questions. Evanger’s expects to have the few remaining FDA queries fully satisfied shortly.”