Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits And Other Dog Foods Recalled Due To Potential Euthanasia Drug Contamination

In an independent study, certain J.M. Smucker Co.'s Gravy Train dog foods were found to contain detectable levels of the euthanasia drug.

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The J.M Smucker Co. has recalled several brands of dog food due to possible pentobarbital contamination. Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock
John Virata

The J.M. Smucker Company, maker of such dog food brands as Gravy Train and Ol’ Roy, is recalling 27 pet food varieties under several brand names due to potential pentobarbital contamination.

Pentobarbital is a drug often used to euthanize animals.

Certain Gravy Train dog foods have been recalled due to potential pentobarbital contamination. Via digitalreflections

According to Food Safety News, the following products have been recalled by the company:

  • Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with T-Bone Flavor Chunks – UPC: 7910052541
  • Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Beef Strips – UPC: 7910052542
  • Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Lamb and Rice Chunks – UPC: 7910052543
  • Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Beef Chunks – UPC: 7910034417
  • Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Chicken Chunks – UPC: 7910034418
  • Gravy Train 13.2 oz. Chunks in Gravy Stew – UPC: 7910051933
  • Gravy Train 13.2 oz. Chicken, Beef & Liver Medley – UPC: 7910051934
  • Gravy Train 13.2 oz. Chunks in Gravy with Beef Chunks – UPC: 7910034417
  • Gravy Train 22 oz. with Chicken Chunks – UPC: 7910051645
  • Gravy Train 22 oz. with Beef Chunks – UPC: 7910051647
  • Kibbles ‘N Bits 13.2 oz. Burger Bacon Cheese and Turkey Bacon Vegetable Variety 12-Pack – UPC: 7910010377; 7910010378
  • Kibbles ‘N Bits 13.2 oz. Beef, Chicken, Vegetable, Meatball Pasta and Turkey Bacon Vegetable Variety Pack – UPC: 7910010382; 7910048367; 7910010378
  • Kibbles ‘N Bits 13.2 oz. Beef, Chicken, Vegetable, Burger Bacon Cheese and Beef Vegetable Variety Pack – UPC: 7910010380; 7910010377; 7910010375
  • Kibbles ‘N Bits 13.2 oz. Wet Variety Pack – UPC: 791001037; 7910048367
  • Kibbles ‘N Bits 13.2 oz. Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Beef & Vegetable in Gravy – UPC: 7910010375
  • Kibbles ‘N Bits 13.2 oz. Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Turkey, Bacon & Vegetable in Gravy – UPC: 7910010378
  • Kibbles ‘N Bits 13.2 oz. Chef’s Choice Homestyle Tender Slices with Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy – UPC: 7910010380
  • Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Select Cuts in Gravy with Beef & Bone Marrow – UPC: 7910071860
  • Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Select Cuts with Burgers & Cheese Bits – UPC: 7910050243
  • Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Chunks in Gravy with Smoky Turkey & Bacon – UPC: 7910050246
  • Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Chunks in Gravy with Beef & Chicken – UPC: 7910050247
  • Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Chunks in Gravy 3 in 1 Chicken, Beef & Liver – UPC: 7910050248
  • Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Chunks in Gravy Chunky Stew – UPC: 7910050249
  • Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Strips in Gravy with Chicken – UPC: 7910050244
  • Skippy 13.2 oz, Premium Chunks in Gravy with Beef – UPC: 7910050250
  • Skippy 13.2 oz. Premium Strips in Gravy with Beef – UPC: 7910050245
  • Ol’ Roy 13.2 oz Turkey Bacon Strips – UPC: 8113117570

Smucker’s recalled the products after ABC 7 News – WJLA reported earlier this month that it found low levels of pentobarbital in several Gravy Train products during an independent study of dog food.

The news station commissioned Ellipse Analytics to do the study after the discovery last year of pentobarbital in canned dog food from Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co. Inc. Ellipse Analytics tested 62 samples of wet dog food, across more than two-dozen brands for pentobarbital, and found detectable amounts of the euthanasia drug in some cans of Gravy Train dog food. Only Gravy Train products were found to contain pentobarbital in the news station’s study.

An FDA spokesperson told Food Safety News that the administration’s “preliminary evaluation of the testing results of Gravy Train samples indicates that the low level of pentobarbital present in the withdrawn products is unlikely to pose a health risk to pets. However, pentobarbital should never be present in pet food and products containing any amount of pentobarbital are considered to be adulterated.”

So how is the drug getting into pet food? Smucker’s has narrowed its investigation to “a single supplier and a single, minor ingredient” used at one of its facilities, Food Safety News reports.

If you have any questions regarding these products, contact Smucker’s at 800-828-9980 or via its website.

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