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Truth in labeling…not!

If you sell a product and say that it contains a certain ingredient, by law it actually has to have that ingredient in it.

If it doesn’t, that’s not just deceptive advertising, it’s illegal.  A warning letter recently sent by the FDA to Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company states :”The Lamb and Rice dog food contains no discernable traces of lamb, though there is “bovine material”. The Grain Free Duck pet food has the same problem. “(T)he analytical sample results did not detect the presence of duck in the product.”

That’s a real problem.

The FDA alleges Evangers failed to provide requested processing and production records for 2009. This letter is just a warning, putting the company on public notice.

They’re not alleging that the food is unsafe. They are”only” accused of advertising the food as something it actually is not what they claim it to be

This is not the first time Evanger’s have been in trouble.

Such stories are very unsettling. What good is it to carefully study the label if the label lies?



  1. Lolabelle! It seems normal that a canine living with Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed would be so musical. Yay, thank you for sharing this video and thank you from the animal kingdom for you wonderful work!

    Comment by Mary on December 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm
  2. Mary, I think you are right about Lolabelle and her exposure to really interesting music all the time. The wonderful thing about it was that she was able to make it her own and derive such enjoyment from it.

    Comment by Elisabeth Weiss on December 24, 2011 at 4:24 pm
  3. I really really enjoyed watching this video, reading about her story and most of all being inspired by her piano playing!

    Comment by NewYork DogNannt on July 19, 2012 at 10:59 pm
  4. i am so glad you like it! So many dogs can benefit from occupational therapy at home. The mutual joy and satisfaction really is hard to describe.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.

    Comment by Elisabeth Weiss on July 20, 2012 at 6:07 am
  5. Thank you for sharing this. I knew about Laurie’s dog, but didn’t know she was so bright. My neighbor had a terrier though, so I suppose it shouldn’t have been a surprise (they seem pretty intelligent). I was sad to learn Lolabelle has died, but these videos and artwork show what a great life she had and how well loved she was, and is!

    Comment by Diane on October 21, 2012 at 2:08 am
  6. Thank you Diane for taking the time to comment here.

    I think the astonishing phenomenon with Lola was that she became so passionate about playing the keyboards. Even if she felt bad and weak, if she could possibly drag herself to the keyboard and play: she knew she would feel better. She was very musical.

    Comment by Elisabeth on October 21, 2012 at 6:39 am