Several brands of dog food recalled due to presence of euthanasia drug

News Outlets Report FDA Investigating Pentobarbital-Laced Dog Food

Retailers nationwide pulled at least 31 varieties of dog food off the shelves after a months-long investigation found the food contained the euthanasia drug pentobarbital.

Pentobarbital is a tranquilizer used often times as an agent for euthanizing fatally injured or sick animals. The J.M. Smucker Co., most well-known for its jams and jellies marketed under the Smucker's label, is also the owner several dog food brands including Kibbles "n Bits, Gravy Train, Ol" Roy, and Skippy. In Talula's memory, an online petition urging Smucker's to recall all dog food and only produce products that meet the same legal health standard as human food now has over 58,700 signatures.

If you have any of the affected dog food, return it to the store with receipt for a full refund.

The Clean Label Project is a non-profit aimed at educating people about toxins in products, including pet food. The recalls come after WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., said it tested 15 cans of Gravy Train. The brand is part of Big Heart Brands, owned by The J.M. Smucker Co., which is now recalling Gravy Train as well as several of its other dog food brands.

In addition to certain Skippy and Kibbles ‘n’ Bits dog foods the Smucker Co. is pulling Gravy Train and Ol’ Roy brands
In addition to certain Skippy and Kibbles ‘n’ Bits dog foods the Smucker Co. is pulling Gravy Train and Ol’ Roy brands

"Pet food violates federal law, is openly allowed by the FDA to violate federal law, billion dollar a year companies are making profit selling illegal adulterated products to unknowing consumers in the U.S. every day", Thixton said.

While veterinarians and animal nutrition specialists, as well as the FDA, have confirmed that extremely low levels of this substance do not pose a threat to pet safety, its presence at any level is not acceptable to Smucker and not up to its quality standards.

The popular brand launched an investigation into the contamination and narrowed its search down to one supplier and a single ingredient used at one manufacturing facility.

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