Kibbles 'n Bits, other dog food brands recalled after euthanasia drug discovered

The brands, owned by the J.M. Smucker Company, were withdrawn amid concern over a drug used to euthanize animals.
by Eun Kyung Kim / / Source: TODAY
Smuckers recalled several of its dog good brands amid reports of them being tainted by a euthanasia drug.
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The J.M. Smucker Company has withdrawn several of its dog food brands over concerns they include traces of a drug used to euthanize animals.

The company voluntarily pulled specific shipments of its Gravy Train, Kibbles ’n Bits, Skippy and Ol’ Roy wet canned food.

The move follows a report by a Washington, D.C., television station that worked with an independent lab to test 62 samples of wet dog food from more than 24 brands numerous times. The station, WJLA, found that one brand, Gravy Train, repeatedly tested positive for trace amounts of the drug pentobarbital, a sedative that can induce death when administered in large doses.

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Shipments of various dog food brands by The J.M. Smucker Company are being pulled amid concerns they could be tainted by a euthanasia drug.Getty Images

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.

Gravy Train is made by the company Big Heart Pet Foods, which is owned by Smucker’s.

The company announced it was voluntarily recalling some shipments of its dog food brands over concerns about the presence of pentobarbital.

“The presence of this substance at any level is not acceptable to us and not up to our quality standards. We sincerely apologize for the concern this has caused,” the company said online, explaining its recall of specific shipments of certain brands sprung “out of an abundance of caution.”

“Please know our internal investigation into this situation is ongoing. We take this very seriously and are extremely disappointed that pentobarbital was introduced to our supply chain,” it said. “We have narrowed the focus of our investigation to a single supplier and a single, minor ingredient, used at one manufacturing facility. We will take the appropriate steps to ensure this does not occur again.”

A full list of the company brands that have been withdrawn can be found at the end of the company's online statement.

The news follows a recall notice the FDA issued last week following salmonella findings in ground turkey pet food made by the company Raws for Paws.

Editor’s note: The J.M. Smucker Company is a sponsor of TODAY.

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