The J.M. Smucker Co. announced yesterday that it has voluntarily withdrawn certain shipments of more than 2 dozen dog food products because they may contain low levels of the euthanasia drug pentobarbital.
The company initiated the recall following media reports of pentobarbital contamination earlier this year in some of its Gravy Train dog food.
Pentobarbital is a tranquilizer often used as a euthanizing agent to put down sick or fatally injured animals.
Conventional dog food sometimes contains parts of rendered animals euthanized with pentobarbital.
Under federal law pet food cannot have any pentobarbital at any level. Neither can animals intended for food.
The withdrawal covered canned wet food versions of the following brands:
- Gravy Train
- Kibbles ‘N Bits
- Ol’ Roy
The following text is taken from an email received from Smucker by DogFoodAdvisor.com on February 15, 2018:
“Out of an abundance of caution we initiated a voluntary withdrawal (not a recall) on specific shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy canned/wet dog food because they do not meet our quality specifications.
This means retailers will remove the impacted shipments from their warehouses.
Veterinarians and animal nutrition specialists, as well as the FDA, have confirmed that extremely low levels of pentobarbital, like the levels reported to be in select shipments, do not pose a threat to pet safety.
However, the presence of this substance at any level is not acceptable to us and not up to our quality standards. We sincerely apologize for the concern this has caused.
Although veterinarians and animal nutrition specialists, as well as the FDA, have confirmed that extremely low levels of pentobarbital do not pose a threat to pet safety, we understand pet owners may have concerns.
We encourage them to contact us at 800-828-9980 or via email here.”
Food Safety News reproduced following table of the recalled products from an email sent by Walmart to its affected customers: