原文標題:This Company Tried to Donate Dog Food Laced With Euthanasia Drugs

By Dr. Becker




Alarming Discovery: Dog Food Found to Contain Euthanasia Agent (mercola.com)

I’ve got a real doozy to share with you today. Do you remember the recent Evanger’s dog food recall, the one due to pentobarbital contamination?1 As a refresher, in January, four Pugs in one household in Washington State became ill and one died after eating Evanger’s Hunk of Beef au Jus canned dog food.


The FDA opened an investigation, and lab tests revealed a large quantity of pentobarbital戊巴比妥(an animal euthanasia drug) in the food. The agency also found the drug in other Evanger’s products, including Evanger’s Braised Beef Chunks and Against the Grain Grain-Free Pulled Beef with Gravy.

FDA(美國食品藥物管理局)進行調查,實驗結果顯示狗食中含有大量的戊巴比妥(一種動物安樂死藥劑)。Evanger’s 的其他口味狗食罐頭也被發現含有此藥劑。

Evanger’s issued a voluntary recall of those products, and then apparently got the bright idea to donate the stuff to animal shelters. I kid you not. Fortunately, the FDA rejected the company’s donation request. According to a pet food industry journal article, Nicholas F. Lyons, FDA director of compliance, stated the following in a letter to Evanger’s:

Evanger’s主動召回這些產品,之後很顯然的靈機一動想把這些召回的產品捐給動物收容所。我並沒有在跟你們開玩笑。幸好FDA擋下狗食公司的好意。根據一篇寵物食品期刊文章,FDA的法務部門主管(Nicholas F. Lyons)在一封給Evanger’s的信件中做了以下陳述:

“In your firm’s correspondence dated 4/4/17, it was requested to donate the recalled product to an animal shelter. FDA does not agree that analyzing individual units from recalled lots and finding those units negative for pentobarbital contamination provides sufficient assurance that the remaining units are not adulterated.


As can be observed in the samples collected by FDA, the pentobarbital contamination is not homogeneous throughout all units in a lot.”2


Apparently, Evanger’s also told the FDA they could grind up the dog food to “reduce pentobarbital to negligible levels,” but the FDA informed them there’s NO tolerable level of pentobarbital in pet food. Fortunately, the FDA was watching out for pets in this instance, which sadly isn’t always the case.


Evanger’s Publicly ADMITS It Planned to Donate the Recalled Product to Shelters


Evanger’s, apparently feeling the heat from their pentobarbital debacle and in a desperately misguided effort to resurrect their public image, published the following response to the FDA’s smackdown on their website:


“We were approached by several shelters asking if we would be willing to donate recalled products that were tested as 100 percent safe and negative for pentobarbital. Before taking any action, we approached the FDA to ask if we could donate healthy batches of recalled product that were tested and safe.


We received the FDA’s answer that each can of product listed in the recall must be disposed of per their instructions. Upon receiving the FDA’s response, we complied 100 percent and began working with our distributors to have the product disposed of immediately.”3


While I’m sure animal shelters regularly contact Evanger’s and every other pet food manufacturer for donations, I seriously doubt any shelter specifically requested products — “100 percent safe” or otherwise — that were part of the pentobarbital recall. Thank goodness Evanger’s decided to check with the FDA before donating those cans of dog food, and thank goodness the FDA responded appropriately.

我相信動物收容所會固定的要求Evanger’s 和其他寵物食品製造公司捐贈食品,但是我強烈懷疑動物收容所會特別要求獲得含有戊巴比妥而召回的產品。感謝老天爺Evanger’s在捐出產品之前,有先去訽問FDA,感謝老天爺FDA有做出恰當的回應。

How Is It That Euthanized Animals Wind Up in ‘Human-Grade’ Dog Food?


Predictably, the way in which the pentobarbital (as well as horse meat) got into the Evanger’s products is officially a “mystery.” The company is blaming a meat supplier for selling them pentobarbital-tainted horse meat, and has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against them.4


According to court documents, last year the supplier shipped around 43,000 pounds of meat labeled “inedible hand boned beef” to Evanger’s. That meat was used to produce approximately 50,000 cans of Hunk of Beef dog food. One lot of the dog food was delivered to a distributor in Washington State, where it was ultimately fed to the four Pugs.


Interestingly, “inedible” on the label means the meat is not fit for human consumption, which means it’s feed grade, not FOOD grade meat, yet until very recently, Evanger’s claimed their products were made with human-grade, USDA inspected meat.5 The company has removed the claim from their website, but you can see an older screen capture of the human-grade statement here at Susan Thixton’s site, Truth About Pet Food.

既然標示「不可食用」就表示不適合人類食用,也就是那些是飼料等級的肉,而不是食物等級。然而有趣的是,直到最近Evanger’s都還在宣稱,他們的產品食材是使用人食等級、FDA檢驗合格的肉品。這家公司已經把這項宣稱從官網移除,但是你可以在蘇珊.席克斯頓(Susan Thixton)的網站,「寵物食品的真相」,看到未移除前的官網畫面,連結(http://truthaboutpetfood.com/the-type-of-meat-evangers-really-used/ )

Susan is a long-time pet food activist and tireless warrior on behalf of healthy food for companion animals, and she’s been digging into both Evanger’s and their meat supplier, Bailey Farms, and has uncovered some incredibly disturbing information.

一直以來蘇珊積極的關心寵物食品安全,是一位從不倦怠的鬥士。她深入挖掘Evanger’s 與其肉品供應商貝利農場,發現了一些不可思議的令人不安的訊息。

“… The meat supplier Evanger’s Pet Food purchased from was a dead animal carcass processor,” writes Susan. “A company that removes dead animals from farms — including euthanized horses — and processes the meat from those dead animals for sale to pet food.”6

「Evanger’s 的肉品供應商是一家動物屍體處理場,」蘇珊寫道。「那是一家去農場收集死亡動物的公司,包括被安樂死的馬,把那些動物的肉處理後出售以製成寵物食品。」

Susan learned that Bailey Farms holds an “Animal Food Processor License” in the state of Wisconsin, which allows them to transport and process dead animal carcasses. According to Wisconsin law, this license does NOT permit Bailey Farms to process human-grade meat, so it would seem Evanger’s was knowingly purchasing feed-grade ingredients and making false human-grade claims about their dog food.


Evanger’s ‘Human-Grade’ Meat Supplier Doubles as a Dead Livestock Removal Operation


And that’s not all. Susan also found Bailey Farms on Google Maps, and discovered there’s another business at the same address called Marshall Stock Removal. When she searched Marshall Stock Removal, Google returned a listing for Bailey Farms Stock Removal, which probably means Bailey Farms bought Marshall Stock Removal at some point.


“Bailey Farms and Bailey Farms Stock Removal have the same exact logo, same physical address — they are the same company,” Susan writes. “Bailey Farms is not a ‘farm’ at all. Bailey Farms turns out to be a dead animal processor. A company that picks up dead animals (cattle and horses) from area farms and processes meat from these animal carcasses into pet food meat — no matter why the animal died and no matter if the animal was euthanized.”


So while the source of the pentobarbital-contaminated Evanger’s dog food will undoubtedly officially remain a “mystery” for all time, Susan has unearthed the truth.


It’s Against Federal Law to Sell Meat From Dead/Non-Slaughtered and Euthanized Animals for Use in Pet Food


These companies sell raw meat processed from dead/non-slaughtered and euthanized animals, and yet federal law prohibits the sale of the meat for use in pet food. As Susan points out, the FDA turns a blind eye to violations of this law unless and until a dog or cat is made sick after eating a pet food containing material from dead/non-slaughtered and euthanized animals. Here’s the proof, right from the FDA website:


“CVM [Center for Veterinary Medicine] is aware of the sale of dead, dying, disabled, or diseased (4-D) animals to salvagers for use as animal food. Meat from these carcasses is boned and the meat is packaged or frozen without heat processing.


The raw, frozen meat is shipped for use by several industries, including pet food manufacturers, zoos, greyhound kennels, and mink ranches. This meat may present a potential health hazard to the animals that consume it and to the people who handle it.


Districts should conduct preliminary investigations only as follow-up to complaints or reports of injuries and should contact CVM before expending substantial resources.”7


So to recap, while I’m grateful the FDA prohibited Evanger’s from donating their potentially deadly recalled product to animal shelters, they are seriously falling down on the job in other areas. The FDA is aware 4-D animal meat is being used in pet food. It is aware the practice is in violation of federal laws that it is charged with enforcing. It is aware 4-D animal products are a potential health hazard to pets.


However, the agency has no intention of enforcing the law (which can result in imprisonment and/or a fine), and will only show interest in cases like Evanger’s, in which pets were sickened and worse by a contaminated product. Neither Evanger’s nor Bailey Farms will receive punishment for breaking the law.


A few months ago Susan and I, along with a class action attorney, met with the head of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine and asked that a system of appropriate labeling (feed versus food) be instituted for pet food products. Please support this proposal by signing the petition here.


Protecting Your Furry Family Member From Poisoned Pet Food


There are few situations in which the old adage “let the buyer beware" is more appropriate than when deciding what food to offer your animal companion.


Between the weekly pet food recalls and an exploding population of pets with chronic digestive issues, allergies and other health problems, it’s no wonder so many pet parents are exploring homemade diets, fresh food diets made by smaller, transparent pet food producers, raw diets and other alternatives to the dead, rendered, dubious, processed stuff.


My advice? Search this website for more information on choosing the best diet for your pet. There are dozens of videos and articles here that can help you become very knowledgeable about pet nutrition so that you can make the best diet choices for your own dog or cat.


When it comes to changing the deceptive practices occurring in the pet food industry itself, I recommend becoming a member of the Association for Truth in Pet Food, which is the only organization out there committed to holding the regulatory agencies and AAFCO accountable.







當一隻貓或狗吃下商業寵物食品而中毒或生病時,你不能期望有法律可以制裁他們,私下能夠獲得賠償就很不錯了。有一個加拿大人的狗人吃了普瑞納的狗食中毒,因為鋅含量太高。她提起不需要律師的小型訴訟,要求普瑞納支付加幣120元的醫療費用。普瑞納願意支付,但要求這位養狗人簽署一份文件,同意不公開此一事件。養狗人拒絕了,選擇繼續進行這場小型訴訟。之後出庭時,代表普瑞納出庭的是律師,而且是來自加拿大兩間律師事務所的律師,在經過七次的開庭之後,這位養狗人敗訴了,因為普瑞納的律師提出一個又一個的證人,而這位養狗人的依據只有一份獸醫證明而已,證明她的狗中毒是因為普瑞納的食物鋅含量過高。根據參加開庭的一位獨立律師估計,普瑞納在這場官司投入的費用超過美金五萬元,而養狗人要求的賠償也不過是加幣120元而已。(資料來源:Food Pets Die For, p. 63)




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