Major dog food brands recalls shipments tainted with euthanasia drug

News Outlets Report FDA Investigating Pentobarbital-Laced Dog Food

"A consumer has to become a private detective to learn what's really in their food".

The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE:SJM) adds 3.55% in after-hours trade on Thursday.The company said that it is withdrawing some shipments of dog food, amid the reports about the dog food claiming that it could be tainted with traces of a drug, which used to euthanize animals.

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. "They were convulsing", Mael told ABC7 of the horrifying incident. "I would give anything to see Talula again".

The FDA says it's launching an investigation after a euthanasia drug was found in cans of dog food. Subsequent tests revealed the presence of the drug pentobarbital, a common euthanasia drug, in the animal's system. She sent the rest of the dogs' food and the remains of one of the dogs for testing, where the dog was found to have been poisoned by dog food and that the food contained pentobarbital, WJLA reported last week. For reference, Gravy Train is produced by Big Heart Pet Foods, which is owned by Smucker's. "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. "We sincerely apologize for the concern this has caused", the company notes in an email.

"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".

Starting October 2017, Clean Label Project obtained 99 retail samples of various brands of canned/wet dog food for pentobarbital analysis by Ellipse Analytics.

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