Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

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

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

Select cans of Gravy Train, Kibbles "N Bits, Skippy and Ol" Roy are included in the recall. "I would give anything to see Talula again".

J.M. Smucker Company is reportedly voluntarily recalling four brands of wet dog food because they were found to contain low levels of pentobarbital, a euthanasia drug.

"They were falling over".

The company said it doesn't use meat from animals that were euthanized in its pet food products, the AP reported.

Collaborating with an independent lab, the news station tested 15 cans of Gravy Train pet food and found 60 percent of them contained the euthanasia drug. It reported on February 8 that 60 percent of the 15 Gravy Train cans tested contained trace amounts of pentobarbital, a euthanasia drug.

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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.

The action follows an FDA recall order on Thursday over fears that some pet food products may be tainted with Salmonella bacteria.

Efforts are now focused on how the pentobarbital got into the Gravy Train samples, with the FDA jumping into the investigation; the AP notes a supplier that provides one of the brand's lesser ingredients is being looked at.

"However, the presence of this substance at any level is not acceptable to us and not up to our quality standards", said the company, which is based in Orrville, Ohio.

Starting in October of 2017, the Clean Label Project received 99 samples of different brands of wet/canned dog food to conduct an analysis for pentobarbital.

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