Dog food brands recalled over possible presence of euthanasia drug

News Outlets Report FDA Investigating Pentobarbital-Laced Dog Food

Devastated, Mael sent the remainder of the Evanger's food to a lab for testing, where it was discovered that the dog food contained traces of pentobarbital, a lethal drug most commonly used for the euthanisation of dogs, cats and horses, ABC7 reports.

The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE:SJM) said on Thursday that it is pulling back shipments of several varieties of wet canned Gravy Train, Skippy and Ol" Roy and Kibble "N Bits brands.

Starting October 2017, Clean Label Project obtained 99 retail samples of various brands of canned/wet dog food for pentobarbital analysis by Ellipse Analytics.

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

"Clean Label Project's 2017 Pet Food Study revealed high levels of heavy metals, BPA, and acrylamide in some of the nation's best selling pet food".

"This is not a threat to pet safety". It reported on February 8 that 60 percent of the 15 Gravy Train cans tested contained trace amounts of pentobarbital, a euthanasia drug. "Consumers, they're exhausted of their pets dying", said Susan Thixton, who's been researching and writing about the pet food industry for years.

People notes that Gravy Train is produced by the Smucker Co.'s Big Heart Pet Brands, which also makes Meow Mix, 9Lives, and Pounce pet edibles.

A spokesperson for the FDA said this week that the regulatory agency's first evaluation of the results from testing samples of Gravy Train indicates that the there is a low level presence of pentobarbital in product that was withdrawn but is not likely to pose any health risk to pets.

All of the products on Smucker's retailer recall list had been manufactured at the same manufacturing facility.

Smuckers says it's actively investigating how the drug got into its supply chain.

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