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Phyllis Entis

Phyllis Entis

Phyllis Entis is the author of “Food Safety: Old Habits, New Perspectives” and “Food Microbiology — The Laboratory.” She has been a food safety microbiologist for 35 years, and has worked both in government and industry. She believes that everyone — government regulators, farmers and ranchers, food processors, food service workers, educators and consumers — has a responsibility to ensure that the food we eat is as safe as we can make it.

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Evanger’s sues supplier; says beef included tainted horse meat

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Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Company Inc. is suing Bailey Farms LLC, claiming that the meat supplier was at fault for a euthanasia drug found in Hunk of Beef and Against the Grain dog foods made by Evanger’s. The suit, filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County in Illinois on April 25, names Bailey… Continue Reading

E. coli outbreak strain in several flour brands from Ardent Mills

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The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed 27 cases of E. coli O121 infections across five Canadian provinces since November 2016 that have been linked to flour produced by Ardent Mills Canada. A 28th victim was a visitor to the country. Seven of the outbreak victims were hospitalized, but are recovering. No deaths have… Continue Reading

More pentobarbital-contaminated dog food reported

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Two varieties of Party Animal canned dog food may be contaminated with pentobarbital, according to a test report from Texas A&M University released this week. The report was provided to blogger Susan Thixton of Truth About Pet Food by a consumer who arranged for the testing after a family pet became ill. The consumer has not… Continue Reading

Norovirus-contaminated oysters sicken hundreds in Canada, USA

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Consumption of raw or undercooked oysters from British Columbia is blamed for 321 cases of norovirus gastroenteritis in three Canadian provinces, according to an updated report from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), released March 27. The outbreak, which has affected residents of British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario, began in December 2016 and is… Continue Reading

Reports of sick dogs trigger recalls by WellPet, Blue Buffalo

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Consumer complaints about sick pets have spurred nationwide recalls by WellPet LLC and Blue Buffalo Co. because of potentially excessive levels of beef thyroid hormone in their dog foods. Each company — WellPet LLC of Tewksbury, MA, and Blue Buffalo Co. of Wilton, CT — recalled specific production lots of one flavor of their canned… Continue Reading

Two Dead in Danish Salmonella Outbreak

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Two people have died in a Danish outbreak of Salmonella that has infected at least 19 people. The two fatal cases were elderly, and suffered from other serious illnesses. All 19 victims were infected with a single strain of Salmonella, according to Luise Müller, an epidemiologist at the Statens Serum Institut.  Several of the outbreak victims… Continue Reading

Evanger’s and Against the Grain Recall additional products

Initial recalls expanded to include 13 months’ production and a third product

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Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food on March 4 announced a voluntary expansion of its earlier dog food recalls due to potential adulteration with pentobarbital. The expansion of the company’s February 3rd recall of five production lots of Evanger’s Hunk of Beef canned dog food and its February 14th recall of one production lot of Against… Continue Reading

Evanger’s escalates war of words, challenges FDA investigation

Pet food maker blames weather for problem in facility; claims no flies in Chicago in winter

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A family-owned pet food company under investigation after a euthanasia drug was found in its canned dog food has taken its dispute with the FDA to the public. On March 2, FDA reported on its website that, based on a preliminary assessment, none of Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food suppliers were USDA-FSIS registered facilities. In… Continue Reading

Pet food recall expands; supplier’s certification had expired

10 consumer complaints so far in investigation of how a euthanasia drug got into dog food

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The FDA today expanded a consumer advisory about Evanger’s and Against the Grain dog foods, some of which have been found to be contaminated with an animal euthanasia drug. Apparently the agency has been waiting for a week for the company to make public an expansion of its existing recall, which came after illnesses in at least… Continue Reading

Dog food meat supplier aces inspection; investigation ongoing

Questions remain on source of euthanasia drug in Evanger's and Against the Grain pet food

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The Food and Drug Administration has completed its investigation into the supplier that furnished meat used in recalled canned dog food that was found to contain the animal euthanasia drug pentobarbital. As yet unidentified, the supplier provides meat used in Evanger’s brand Hunk of Beef and Nutripack’s Against the Grain Pulled Beef brand dog foods,… Continue Reading