Dog food recalled for possible contamination of killer drug
Pet food manufacturer J.M. Smucker Co. announced the voluntary recall of specific shipments of its canned dog food products, following a report by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that found traces of a drug used in animal euthanasia in the dog food.
In a statement, J.M. Smucker said that they are extremely disappointed over the contamination and taking the matter “very seriously,” adding that it has already traced the supplier of a “minor” ingredient that contaminated a batch of Gravy Train, Ol’ Roy, Kibbles ‘N Bits, and Skippy canned dog food with pentobarbital.
Pentobarbital — commonly used to sedate and euthanize animals — causes dizziness, excitements, jerky eyes, and inability to stand among pets.
While the FDA said that low levels of pentobarbital found in the canned dog food were relatively “harmless” and does not pose health risks to pets, the manufacturer still opted to pullout its products from shelves as part of corporate social responsibility to its customers.