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Dog Foods Pulled After Investigation Finds Euthanasia Drug

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

After releasing the results of lab tests that identified the drug, the FDA launched an investigation. Now, just days later, Smucker’s, the owner of almost all the brands in question, has announced a voluntary withdrawal of products in the canned food lines of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Skippy and ‘Ol Roy. Retailers, including Walmart, removed it from over 4,000 stores.

For seven months, ABC7 investigated what’s in dog food by conducting hundreds of tests across dozens of brands. Sadly, consumers have no information about what they’re really feeding their pets based on current labeling standards.

Among ABC7’s tests were 15 cans of Gravy Train, made by Big Heart Brands, owned by Smucker’s. Nine cans, 60 percent of the sample, repeatedly tested positive for the euthanasia drug, pentobarbital.

While the levels detected were not lethal, under federal law it is not permitted at any level, and never allowed to be used on animals intended for food. The question remains – how is this drug getting into the food in the first place?

Accusations of the company using “euthanized animals” in their pet food formulas have emerged. Of course, Smucker’s does not like this explanation, and posted on its website that it does not use pets in its food.

Although our customers know better than to feed any of these pet food brands, it’s always important to consider where the ingredients in your pet food are coming from. This topic brings us back to Barkery 101 – our first Barkery U seminar – on what’s in your pet’s food and how to read pet food labels. If you missed it, check it out below!