Dog food shipments pulled after euthanasia drug found in some brands

Dog food shipments pulled after euthanasia drug found in some brands

Nevertheless, this week Smucker's did the right thing and voluntarily withdrew 31 varieties of Gravy Train, Kibbles "N Bits, Skippy and Ol" Roy canned food from stores nationwide, ABC7 reports.

"I think you have a duty to understand what you're selling to human beings and pets, and I think that the obligation is on you to understand what is, and is not, in your product", said the lab's founder, Kevin Hicks. The company said it does not use meat from euthanized animals in its pet food. The drug is used to euthanize animals. "We sincerely apologize for the concern this has caused", the company said online, explaining its recall of specific shipments of certain brands sprung "out of an abundance of caution".

The move follows the recent recall issued by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over fears that several pet food products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

One somewhat stomach-churning possibility being bandied about: animals that were put down somehow ended up in the pet food. Back in 2001, it published a report with troubling test results: From March through June 1998, pentobarbital was found in samples of dry dog food from several popular brands - including Gravy Train. The petition is calling on Smucker's to recall all of its dog food products and change its regulatory standards.

A comparison of the FDA list to a list of 27 products provided to Food Safety News Thursday by a Smucker spokesperson reveals significant differences. Today (Feb. 8, 2018), the FDA received the test results of the samples of dog food from ABC7. We have narrowed the focus of our investigation to a single supplier and a single, minor ingredient, used at one manufacturing facility. The recalls come after WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., said it tested 15 cans of Gravy Train.

However, the presence of pentobarbital at any level in pet food is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, and FDA therefore is investigating the potential source and route of contamination.

Manufactured by Smucker's owned company Big Heart Pet Foods, the line also produces Meow Mix, Milk Bone, Kibbles'n Bits, 9 Lives, Natural Balance, Pup-Peroni, Nature's Recipe, Canine Carry Outs, Milo's Kitchen, Alley Cat, Jerky Treats, Meaty Bone, Pounce and Snausages pet foods.

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