Several Dog Food Brands Recalled Due to Euthanasia Drug

Ann Santiago
February 17, 2018

They were running into the walls.

JM Smucker Co. voluntarily withdrew some shipments of 27 pet food products after media reports of pentobarbital contamination was found in some of its dog food brand Gravy Train. "I would give anything to see Talula again". "They're exhausted of being anxious and this needs to change", said Susan Thixton, who's been researching and writing about the pet food industry for years. Subsequent tests revealed the presence of the drug pentobarbital, a common euthanasia drug, in the animal's system. 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.

WJLA then teamed up with a food testing lab and launched a months-long testing process of various brands of dog food. Out of the 15 cans tested, nine tested positive - or 60 percent. For reference, Gravy Train is produced by Big Heart Pet Foods, which is owned by Smucker's.

Starting October 2017, Clean Label Project obtained 99 retail samples of various brands of canned/wet dog food for pentobarbital analysis by Ellipse Analytics. The investigation by the company has been narrowed to one supplier and a minor ingredient that was used at the facility.

According to a statement from the company, veterinarians, animal nutrition specialists, and the Food and Drug Administration have confirmed that levels of pentobarbital in the project do not pose a threat to pet safety.

A rep from JM Smucker tells WebMD "extremely low levels" of pentobarbital aren't risky for animals, but that "the presence of this substance at any level is not acceptable to us and not up to our quality standards". "We sincerely apologize for the concern this has caused".

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