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Dog Foods Pulled From Thousands Of Stores After “Euthanasia Drug” Investigation

Following an investigative news story by news station ABC11 that led to an FDA investigation, several pet food products have been pulled from the shelves of stores nationwide.

After a lengthy investigation, WJLA (an ABC11 sister station) released some disturbing results from lab-tested dog foods. The news station reported:

“We tested 62 samples of wet dog food, across more than two-dozen brands for the euthanasia drug pentobarbital.

After months of tests and re-tests, one brand repeatedly came back positive for pentobarbital.

In total, we tested 15 cans of Gravy Train. Nine cans — 60-percent of the sample — were positive for pentobarbital. And while the levels detected were not lethal, under federal law they are also not permitted at any concentration.”

Image Source: Screen Shot via ABC11


Gravy Train is made by Heart Brands, a company that’s owned by Smucker’s. Some of the products that were voluntarily pulled from shelves include Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Skippy, and Ol’ Roy lines of canned food. The article explains that huge retailers, including Walmart, have removed the foods from their stores.

The items in question are listed below. The original version of this document can be viewed more clearly directly on the Scribd website (to see it, click here). 

Image Source: Screen shot via Scribd


WJLA added in their story:

“Big Heart Brands is also the maker of Meow Mix, Milk Bone, Kibbles’n Bits, 9 Lives, Natural Balance, Pup-Peroni, Gravy Train, Nature’s Recipe, Canine Carry Outs, Milo’s Kitchen, Alley Cat, Jerky Treats, Meaty Bone, Pounce and Snausages.”

To learn more about the investigation — and how this “euthanasia drug” may have ended up in pet foods in the first place — click here.

(h/t: ABC11)

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Written by Karen Tietjen
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