Dog Food Brands Recalled Over Concerns About Euthanasia Drug

Dog Food Brands Recalled Over Concerns About Euthanasia Drug

Numerous dog food brands in the USA are being recalled after an investigation found traces in them of a drug normally used to euthanise animals.

The contamination affects several Kibbles 'N Bits canned and wet dog food along with some types of Gravy Train, Skippy and 'Ol Roy dog food. The study was carried out in response to a discovery in 2017 of pentobarbital in wet/canned dog food brands made by the Evanger's Dog and Cat Food Co., and resulted in several pets becoming ill and at least one dying.

The recall comes after Washington D.C. news station WJLA found pentobarbital in multiple cans of Gravy Train dog food.

Though the low levels were not thought to be lethal to pets, the drug is still not permitted.

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Out of an abundance of caution, the Company initiated a voluntary product withdrawal and 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. The investigation by the company has been narrowed to one supplier and a minor ingredient that was used at the facility.

In a statement on their website, Gravy Train said that "the presence of this substance at any level is not acceptable to us and not up to our quality standards" and apologised for the "concern this has caused".

Pentobarbital is a tranquilizer used often times as an agent for euthanizing fatally injured or sick animals. "Consumers, they're exhausted of their pets dying", said Susan Thixton, who's been researching and writing about the pet food industry for years.

The Food and Drug Administration has reportedly begun an investigation.

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