Health officials warn pet owners that if the drug is ingested, it can cause dizziness, loss of balance, nausea or in extreme cases, possibly death. "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 amount of pentobarbital found was not lethal, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration forbids any trace of the drug in pet food. Evanger's then recalled the food, as did another company, Against the Grain, after pentobarbital was found in some of its products as well.
The FDA has been aware of the presence of pentobarbital in some dog food for at least 20 years. In March it recalled Hunk of Beef and two other types of its dog food for exposure to the euthanasia drug. The bodies are processed and end up as ingredients in items like soap, candles, animal feed - and pet food.
The move follows a report by a Washington, D.C., television stationthat worked with an independent lab to test 62 samples of wet dog food from more than 24 brands numerous times.More news: Russians rebound, rout Slovenia 8-2; US next
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Smucker said that the amounts of pentobarbital discovered in their product were not a threat to the safety of pets. "We will take the appropriate steps to ensure this does not occur again". Today (Feb. 8, 2018), the FDA received the test results of the samples of dog food from ABC7.
Gravy Train is made by the company Big Heart Pet Foods, which is owned by Smucker's. The company is investigating how pentobarbital got into the supply chain.
To help make sure the food you're feeding your pet is safe, the Clean Label Project has just posted the results from tests of popular pet food brands that it did previous year. If they say it doesn't come from dogs, cats and horses where does it come from?
A product recall at the consumer level has not yet been initiated and as of Thursday morning neither Smucker nor any agencies in the government revealed whether any of the dog food implicated had reached retail store shelves where consumers had access to purchase it.