Dog food brands recalled over possible presence of euthanasia drug

One dog's death has launched an investigation that found at least 31 varieties of dog food contained traces of the poison

One dog's death has launched an investigation that found at least 31 varieties of dog food contained traces of the poison

"A consumer has to become a private detective to learn what's really in their food". They were running into the walls. "I would give anything to see Talula again".

Four brands of dog food under the JM Smucker Co. umbrella have been recalled after a Washington, D.C. TV station tested one of the brands and found traces of a euthanizing drug used on dogs, cats, and horses in 60% of the samples.

Though the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) bans pentobarbital in animal meat for animal or human consumption, pet food consumer advocate Susan Thixton told the outlet that tragically, such substances often end up in pet food.

The AP reports that shipments of cans of Gravy Train, Kibble "N Bits, Skippy, and Ol" Roy wet food have been pulled back after pentobarbital was found in nine of the 15 cans of Gravy Train that WJLA tested.

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Taking action into their own hands, ABC7 partnered with Ellipse Analytics to independently investigate pet food for traces of euthanasia drugs. "Out of an abundance of caution we initiated a voluntary withdrawal on specific shipments of Gravy Train canned/wet dog food because they do not meet our quality specifications." the Smucker {link:statement said.: "http://www.gravytraindog.com/information" target="_blank"} It added that the other three brands are also being withdrawn.

"Although the extremely low levels do not present a health or safety risk, their presence in our products is not acceptable to us", the company said.

A spokesperson for Smucker released a list of the dog food recalled, which it requested retailers take from warehouses and store shelves.

"We launched and are conducting a thorough investigation, including working closely with our suppliers, to determine the accuracy of these results and the methodology used".

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