Dog food possibly tainted with Euthanasia Drug recalled

Heads Up, Pet Owners: FDA Warns Of Possible Euthanasia Drug Contamination In Major Dog Food Brands

Heads Up, Pet Owners: FDA Warns Of Possible Euthanasia Drug Contamination In Major Dog Food Brands

What is pentobarbital and how might it affect pets?

Low levels of the drug pentobarbital were detected in cans of Gravy Train dog food produced by the J.M. Smucker Company, the FDA said in a statement Friday.

Several kinds of canned dog food are being recalled for containing a drug used to euthanize animals. But this chemical should never be present in pet food.

"JM Smucker company is recalling several other lots of pet food products, including: "Kibbles "n Bits," "Skippy", and Ol" Roy".

The company announced it was voluntarily recalling some shipments of its dog food brands over concerns about the presence of pentobarbital.

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. We will continue to work closely with our suppliers and veterinarians to ensure the ingredients used in our products meet or exceed regulatory safety standards and our high-quality standards.

The FDA is now investigating where exactly in the supply chain the drug comes from and how it made it into food.

Veterinarians said Monday the contaminated meat most likely got into the food from a cow or horse that was euthanized, and its meat was used in the product.

Pentobarbital is a barbiturate drug that slows down the activity in the brain and nervous system.

The FDA also said pets can experience drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus, and even coma and death if they consume high levels of pentobarbital. However, in large doses, it can be lethal.

The FDA said its preliminary evaluation of the testing results of Gravy Train samples indicated the low levels found were unlikely to pose a health risk to pets.

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