Some Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits cans withdrawn over sedative concern

Andrew Cummings
February 17, 2018

The J.M. Smucker Co. owns the brands in question including Gravy Train, Kibble "N Bits, Skippy and Ol" Roy.

"They were falling over". "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 FDA started an investigation after a TV station tested several cans of Gravy Train dog food and found 60 percent contained pentobarbital, a drug used to euthanize animals, found in some products.


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

The only pet food brand tested in the study that was found to have traces of pentobarbital was Gravy Train.

"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", Smucker's spokesman Ray Hancart told WebMD.


The move follows the recent recall issued by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over fears that several pet food products may be contaminated with Salmonella. The company is investigating how pentobarbital got into the supply chain.

"The presence of this substance at any level is not acceptable to us and not up to our quality standards".

Starting in October of 2017, the Clean Label Project received 99 samples of different brands of wet/canned dog food to conduct an analysis for pentobarbital.


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