Pet food recalled due to presence of euthanasia drug

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Pet food recalled due to presence of euthanasia drug

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US pet food producer J M Smucker Company has initiated a voluntary withdrawal of some of its produce due to the presence of pentobarbital.

Shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy canned/wet dog food have been recalled because they do not meet its quality specifications due to the presence of extremely low levels of pentobarbital.

In small doses, pentobarbital can be used as a sedative or veterinary anaesthetic agent. However, in large doses, it can be lethal. The drug has been used for both human and animal euthanasia as well as part of the mixture used for the death penalty in some US states.

Veterinarians and animal nutrition specialists, as well as the Food and Drug Administration, have confirmed that extremely low levels of this substance do not pose a threat to pet safety, but its presence at any level is not deemed acceptable to Smucker and the company has issued a recall.

No other products of The J M Smucker Company have been affected by this withdrawal.

In a statement, the company said: “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 company has identified the root cause to be a single supplier and a single, minor ingredient, used at one manufacturing facility.”

Barry Dunaway, president of pet food and pet snacks, added: “We take this very seriously and are extremely disappointed that pentobarbital was introduced to our supply chain. We will continue to work closely with our suppliers and veterinarians to ensure the ingredients used in our products meet or exceed regulatory safety standards and our high-quality standards. Above all, we are a company that loves pets and understand the responsibility we have in providing high-quality food for the pets our consumers love.

Item Name

UPC Item Code(s)

Gravy Train​ 13.2oz. with T-Bone Flavor Chunks

7910052541

Gravy Train​ 13.2oz. with Beef Strips

7910052542

Gravy Train​ 13.2oz. with Lamb and Rice Chunks

7910052543

Gravy Train​ 22oz. with Chicken Chunks

7910051645

Gravy Train​ 22oz. with Beef Chunks

7910051647

Gravy Train​ 13.2oz. with Beef Chunks

7910034417

Gravy Train​ 13.2oz. with Chicken Chunks

7910034418

Gravy Train​ 13.2oz. Chunks in Gravy Stew

7910051933

Gravy Train​ 13.2oz. Chicken, Beef & Liver Medley

7910051934

Gravy Train​ 13.2oz. Chunks in Gravy with Beef Chunks

7910034417

Kibbles ‘N Bits​ 13.2oz. Burger Bacon Cheese and Turkey Bacon Vegetable Variety 12-Pack

7910010377
7910010378

Kibbles ‘N Bits​ 13.2oz. Beef, Chicken, Vegetable, Meatball Pasta and Turkey Bacon Vegetable Variety Pack

7910010382 7910048367 7910010378

Kibbles ‘N Bits​ 13.2oz. Beef, Chicken, Vegetable, Burger Bacon Cheese and Beef Vegetable Variety Pack

7910010380 7910010377 7910010375

Kibbles ‘N Bits​ 13.2oz. Wet Variety Pack

7910010375
7910048367

Kibbles ‘N Bits​ 13.2oz. Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Beef & Vegetable in Gravy

7910010375

Kibbles ‘N Bits​ Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Turkey, Bacon & Vegetable in Gravy

7910010378

Kibbles ‘N Bits​ Chef’s Choice Homestyle Tender Slices with Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy

7910010380

Skippy​ 13.2oz. Premium Select Cuts in Gravy with Beef & Bone Marrow

7910071860

Skippy​ 13.2oz. Premium Select Cuts with Burgers & Cheese Bits

7910050243

Skippy​ 13.2oz. Premium Chunks in Gravy with Smoky Turkey & Bacon

7910050246

Skippy​ 13.2oz. Premium Chunks in Gravy with Beef & Chicken

7910050247

Skippy​ 13.2oz. Premium Chunks in Gravy 3 in 1 Chicken, Beef & Liver

7910050248

Skippy​ 13.2oz. Premium Chunks in Gravy Chunky Stew

7910050249

Skippy​ 13.2oz. Premium Strips in Gravy with Chicken

7910050244

Skippy​ 13.2oz, Premium Chunks in Gravy with Beef

7910050250

Skippy​ 13.2oz. Premium Strips in Gravy with Beef

7910050245

Ol’ Roy 13.2oz Turkey Bacon Strips

8113117570

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