Several Dog Food Brands Recalled Due to Euthanasia Drug


It's the latest in what has become a disturbingly common occurrence - another pet food maker has recalled a variety of canned dog food after a unsafe chemical was found in its food during a TV station's investigation.

Brands include Gravy Train, Kibbles "N Bits, Skippy and Ol" Roy.

WJLA reported that their test showed non-lethal levels but any amount of the drug is not permitted according to federal law.

Once Talula's cause of death was identified, horrified citizens launched an independent investigation, partnering with Ellipse Analytics, a lab that specialises in testing food for contaminants, and tested 62 samples of wet dog food for the euthanasia drug.

Smuckers says the low levels of the euthanasia drug don't pose any threat to your pet's health.

"We will continue to work closely with our suppliers and veterinarians to ensure the ingredients used in our products meet or exceed all regulatory safety standards and our high-quality standards", said the Ohio-based company.

The samples were analysed to determine both the presence and the amount of pentobarbital in the dog foods, using test methods conforming to FDA protocols.

Manufactured by Smucker's owned company Big Heart Pet Foods, the line also produces Meow Mix, Milk Bone, Kibbles'n Bits, 9 Lives, Natural Balance, Pup-Peroni, Nature's Recipe, Canine Carry Outs, Milo's Kitchen, Alley Cat, Jerky Treats, Meaty Bone, Pounce and Snausages pet foods.

Evanger's did not immediately return Fox News' request for comment.

Retailers, including the nation's largest, Walmart, removed it from all 4,700 stores.

As the FDA continues to investigate the pentobarbital issue, it's wise for pet owners to throw out any pet food affected by the product withdrawal.