Dog Food Brands Recalled Over Concerns About Euthanasia Drug

Dog food brands recalled over possible euthanasia drug

Smucker's is recalling cans of Kibbles "N Bits, Gravy Train and Ol" Roy after some of them tested positive for pentobarbital.

The dog food you have in your pantry could contain a drug used to euthanize animals.

The FDA advised pet owners to not feed recalled cans of pet food to their dogs.

In a statement, J.M. Smucker identified the contamination to have come from one minor ingredient provided by a single supplier of one manufacturing facility. It also assured customers that it is working hard to meet and even exceed its safety standards.

"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. In the case of the recalled dog food, the low doses do not pose serious health risks to pets.

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The news follows a recall notice the FDA issued last week following salmonella findings in ground turkey pet food made by the company Raws for Paws.

Out of an abundance of caution, the company initiated a voluntary product withdrawal and says it has taken action to remove specific shipments that were impacted from its supply chain as well as provided actionable information to its consumers and retail partners. "Consuming high levels of pentobarbital can cause coma and death", it said.

Pentobarbital has been widely used as a euthanasia drug.

"Dogs that eat dog food containing pentobarbital may undergo with drowsiness, dizziness, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus and inability to stand".

Contact your veterinarian if you think your dog may have been sickened by tainted Smucker dog food, although the likelihood is low, the FDA advised.

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