ORRVILLE, OHIO, Feb. 19, 2018–A drug used to euthanize animals has prompted the voluntary recall of dog food from store shelves beginning Feb. 16.
Low levels of the drug pentobarbital was found in cans of Gravy Train dog food produced by the J. M. Smucker Co.
As a result, Smucker initiated a voluntary product recall of specific shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy and Skippy canned/wet dog food.
Veterinarians and animal nutrition specialists, as well as the Food and Drug Administration, have confirmed that extremely low levels of this substance do not pose a threat to pet safety, according to a news release from Smuckers.
Out of an abundance of caution, the company initiated a voluntary product recall and has taken action to remove specific impacted shipments from its supply chain as well as provided actionable information to its consumers and retail partners.
The company identified the root cause to be a single supplier and a single ingredient used at one manufacturing facility.
“We take this very seriously and are extremely disappointed that pentobarbital was introduced to our supply chain,” said Barry Dunaway, president, Pet Food and Pet Snacks, in the release.
The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the FDA.
No other products of the J.M. Smucker Co. are affected by this withdrawal.
J. M. Smucker Co. news release