Evanger’s Dog Food

September 5, 2011  
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Evangers Dog Food Review

Evanger dog food formulas are produced and marketed by Evangers Dog and Cat Food Company. The pet food company has been producing various lines of dog and cat food formulas and treats since it was founded in 1935 by Fred Evanger.

Each of these dog food formulas has been tailored to meet the AAFCO nutrient standards for all life’s stages. evangers dog food

There has been no Evanger dog food formula which has been subjected to recall by the FDA however the company’s attention has been called on adulteration and misbranding of its Lamb and Rice Dog Food formula and Grain-free Duck Pet Food.

The primary protein component of Evanger’s dog food formulas is chicken, pheasant, or whitefish. This gives dog owners better choices when it comes to selecting the best formula for their dogs.

Chicken, pheasant and whitefish are fresh meat-based protein sources. Being raw ingredients, about 80% of their composition is made up of water that can be lost during processing and leaving only a fraction of the original weight.

Pheasant meat is often a good choice for dogs which are hypersensitive to chicken.

In Evanger’s Chicken with Brown Rice Formula, the second ingredient is brown rice. It is unmilled or partly milled rice which is considered more nutritious than white rice. Brown rice still possesses the nutrient-rich outer covering of the grain. It is loaded with B-vitamins, magnesium and iron.

To boost the total protein content of Evanger’s dog food formulas, the fresh meat protein sources are paired with a meat meal like chicken meal, duck meal, salmon meal, or venison meal.

Meat meals are meat concentrates that contain more than 300% more protein than fresh meat sources.

Aside from being a rich protein source, salmon meal contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which serve an important role in protecting body cells against harmful free radicals.

Potatoes are complex carbohydrates that also contain B-vitamis, carbohydrates, vitamin C, zinc, iron, copper, magnesium, potassium, and niacin.

Pearled barley contains soluble and insoluble dietary fiber. It is also loaded with antioxidants and other essential nutrients like selenium, thiamine, niacin, iron, phosphorus, zinc, and copper. Pearled barley is produced when the outer covering of the barley is removed and the grain is “pearled” or polished.

Chicken fat is a valuable source of linoleic acid in the diet. It is a type of healthy omega-6 fatty acids that helps protect the body cells from harmful free radicals and helps preserve the integrity of the body cells.

Flaxseed is recognized as one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids from plants. It is also a good source of dietary fiber which is easily digestible when ground into a meal.

Canola oil contains high amounts of healthy omega-3 fatty acids however there are dog owners who view it as an unhealthy fat. This stems from a misconception that Canola Oil is extracted from rapeseed, a plant which contains high levels of the toxic substance, erucic acid. However, Canola oil is extracted from the Canola plant.

Tomato pomace is a by-product which is produced when tomatoes are processed into catsup, juice, or sauce. Tomato pomace is made up chiefly of tomato skin which can contain pesticide residues. For some dog owners, tomato pomace is viewed as an inexpensive filler of pet food formulas. However, tomato pomace contains high amounts of lycopene, B-vitamins, and dietary fiber.

Brewer’s dried yeast is another controversial item present in Evanger’s dog food formulas. It is a by-product of the beer making industry. Some dog owners shy away from dog food formulas with Brewer’s dried yeast because it has been linked to incidence of allergies in dogs. However, the ingredient contains 45% protein which can help boost the total protein of the dog food formula.

Probiotics have been added as a coating for kibbles. These are mainly beneficial microorganisms that support and boost digestive and immune system functions.

Chelated minerals have also been added for better absorption and utilization of essential minerals in the diet.

Many dog owners love the fact that Evanger’s dog food formulas are tailored to meet specific needs of dogs. The absence of corn and soya, which are known dog food allergens, is another plus factor for Evanger dog formulas. However, these positive reviews are shadowed by the fact that the company’s license had been suspended by FDA and that there has been recent FDA findings of adulteration and misbranding of some formulas.

Overall, we believe that Evanger’s is a quality dog food and highly recommend this brand. Evanger’s contains quality ingredients, good meat content and comes at a reasonable value.

Evangers Dog Food Formulas

Evangers dog food comes in three different formulas. They include:

  1. Evangers Chicken with Brown Rice Dry Dog Food
  2. Evangers Pheasant & Brown Rice Dry Dog Food
  3. Evangers Whitefish and Sweet Potato

Evangers Dog Food Consumer Rating

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37 Responses to “Evanger’s Dog Food”
  1. Nan says:

    May 5, 2011
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sends another Warning Letter to Evanger’s, claiming that samples of two of their dog food products had been analyzed and found to be ‘adulterated’ and ‘misbranded’.

    “From December 2, 2010 through February 10, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted an inspection of your low-acid canned food manufacturing facility located at 221 Wheeling Road, Wheeling, Illinois. In addition, on August 19, 2010, FDA received samples of (b)(4) Lamb and Rice Dog Food from the distributor, (b)(4). This letter notifies you of the violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act) that we found during our inspection and from the samples we received from the distributor. You can find the FD&C Act and its associated regulations on the Internet through links on FDA’s web page at http://www.fda.gov.

    We found that you offered for sale (b)(4) Lamb and Rice Dog Food which was adulterated. Under Section 402(b)(2) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. § 342(b)(2), a food is deemed to be adulterated if any substance has been substituted wholly or in part therefore. Our analytical sample results of this product revealed that a substance (lamb) was not detected in the product and another ingredient (bovine material) detected in the product was substituted therefore. Furthermore, this product was misbranded. Under Section 403(b) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. § 343(b), a food is deemed to be misbranded if it is offered for sale under the name of another food. This product was offered for sale under the name of “(b)(4) Lamb and Rice Dog Food.” However, the analytical sample results did not detect the presence of lamb, but detected the presence of bovine material.

    On December 14, 2010, FDA collected samples of your Evanger’s Grain-free Duck Pet Food during the inspection of your facility. We found that the Evanger’s Grain-free Duck Pet Food product was adulterated. Under Section 402(b)(1) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. § 342(b)(1), a food is deemed to be adulterated if any valuable constituent has been in whole or in part omitted or abstracted therefrom. Our investigation revealed that a valuable constituent (duck) was not detected in the product and had been omitted or abstracted therefrom. Furthermore, this product was misbranded. Under Section 403(a)(1) of the FD&C Act, 21 U.S.C. § 343(a)(1), a food is deemed to be misbranded if its labeling is false or misleading in any particular. The labeling indicates that Evanger’s Grain-free Duck Pet Food contains duck, but the analytical sample results did not detect the presence of duck in the product.

    In addition, your firm was not able to provide processing and production records upon written demand, as required by 21 C.F.R. 108.35(h), for products manufactured in 2009.”

  2. Etta says:

    It seems that Evangers has some violated moral code on a fairly consistent basis. Lamb dog food that has NO lamb…Duck dog food that has NO duck and instead has bovine (cow). These are serious issues. Suppose that this falsely labeled Duck food was fed to a dog that was allergic to bovine (cow); the repercussions could be quite severe; possibly deadly.

    I am no an attorney, but, it would seem that Evangers can add ‘consumer fraud’ to their list of transgressions. If they are hiring illegals (felonious criminal trespassers to the United States) as was suggested by one post, then there is yet another transgression.

    Side Bar: My VERY picky dog LOVES the Braised Beef Chunks with Gravy!!!

  3. Kerry says:

    I switched both my poms to Evangers turkey in the cans since one needed a diet that would not affect his allergies. Within two months of being on this food, both dogs were admitted to emergency due to pancreatitis within a day of each other (Due to the allergies, they had no other treats, and were only given vegetables as human food. They had done extremely well on the Fromm’s tuna, but this product was sadly discontinued). The younger dog died. He was only five. I was devastated. The second survived, but developed pneumonia and breathing problems as a side effect of the pancreatitis. This has been an expensive and ongoing health problem. I wrote to Evangers to caution them that there may be a problem with their food and never received a reply. I still don’t know what caused this catastrophic illness, but my vets (the specialists who saw them both) were pretty confident this food must have played a role, since it affected both dogs in exactly the same way.

  4. Theresa Goldman says:

    I have heard only good things about your food I am going today over to Dog Lovers to buy a small bag to try. I have one fussy Standard Poodle who has turned away from all kibble. Hope this works.

  5. chad lane says:

    Kerry this is why you don’t feed canned or krapple (kibble) take a look atrawfed.com.

  6. Marl says:

    I am willing to bet that there is not a single dog food on the market that has not made some dog sick at some time! It doesn’t mean that dog food is bad, only that the dog has a sensitivity or allergy to something in it. That’s like saying that milk made your lactose-intolerant child sick so that brand of milk you bought is bad and nobody should ever buy it!

  7. Chris says:

    I am just learning of the FDA issues. My dog has been on Evangers for a while and loves it…cant get enough of it. I like the fact that the Hunk of Beef and chicken “hand packed” meals looks like people food…real chicken and real beef. Honestly it looks better than my mother’s cooking. I would eat it. Hope its just a company ignorant of the internet, and responding badly…and they fix the problem. They need better PR. As far as I can tell, they dont need better dogfood, because its the best I have seen.

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