The question is simple. Who are the suppliers for Evanger’s pet food?
On their website, Evanger’s claims “Evanger’s utilizes USDA inspected meats to make highly palatable and nutritious foods that will satisfy even the most finicky eater. With no soy, corn, wheat, artificial ingredients, preservatives, harmful additives or by-products, Evanger’s canned meals make an excellent mixer to our dry foods.”
So when pentobarbital made it’s way into Evanger’s foods, Evanger’s blamed their supplier. They claim that, “A USDA-APHIS inspected supplier who we had done business with for over 40 years, and whose plant we had visited numerous times over the years.”
But Evanger’s doesn’t currently reveal who their suppliers are. Some companies are transparent to the point of sharing who they buy their raw materials from. Other companies do not reveal this information.
Brett Sher from Evanger’s posted the following on our Facebook page. (the comment has since disappeared)
How can a consumer truly trust a company that doesn’t reveal to them who the suppliers are for raw materials, especially after the supplier is alleged to adulterate raw materials?
As the pet food industry evolves, issues surrounding sourcing of ingredients, the actual quality of those ingredients, how foods are processed, and the overall transparency of companies are becoming common themes of discussion among concerned pet parents.
Law doesn’t require companies, like Evanger’s, to disclose to consumers where they source raw ingredients. Some companies disclose where they source ingredients from and some even disclose the farms where the animal meats are sourced from. Stores are reporting that they’re pulling all Evanger’s products from store shelves along with the various brands Evanger's white labels for, like "Party Animal". We will see if Evanger’s sees it fit to be fully honest regarding where they source their raw meats from. It's hard to see from a public relations standpoint how Evanger's can continue forward when it's unclear when and where this issue will arise again.