If you’re a dog owner, you’d better drop what you’re doing and read this.
CBS Pittsburgh reports that the J.M. Smucker Company has issued a recall of several popular brands of wet dog food, including “Kibbles ‘n Bits,” “Gravy Train,” and “Skippy,” due to revelations that “a minor ingredient may contain low levels of pentobarbital.”
What is pentobarbital, you may ask? Only the drug veterinarians use to euthanize pets. In small doses it’s used as a harmless, insomnia-treating sedative, but in large doses it’s lethal. According to the US Food & Drug Association, “Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.”
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In the memo, the company maintains, “This is not a threat to pet safety. Although the extremely low levels do not present a health or safety risk, their presence in our products is not acceptable to us.” That may be, but the obvious problem is that its presence in pet food means that it’s being released in uncontrolled amounts that pet owners can’t possibly know or regulate.
According to reports, 60 percent of Gravy Train samples in an independent test came back positive for pentobarbital. “Please know our internal investigation into this situation is ongoing. We take this very seriously and are extremely disappointed that pentobarbital was introduced to our supply chain,” Gravy Train officials said in a statement after 10 different types of the brand were recalled.
The FDA is also investigating the euthanasia drug contamination after finding the chemical in Evanger’s dog and cat food. The Illinois-based company recalled its “Hunk of Beef” products when FDA officials found the drug in a shipment of dog food cans manufactured between June 6 and June 13, 2016.
TruthAboutPetFood.com obtained the original memo making the announcement, which came with the exact names and UPC code numbers of the effected products. Click here to see the list for yourself, and be sure to take it with you the next time you go pet food shopping to be sure you know what to avoid.
Do you feed your pups any of these brands? Let us know in the comments below!
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