Recall Alert! Pet Dog Food Recalled With Presence Of Euthanasia Drug
Whenever we hear the phrase ”recall alert”, the first thing that comes to our mind is that certain products were recalled because they impose a health risk to the public. However, this recall alert is a bit different because it imposes health and safety risk of our beloved pets, who often come as parts of our family too. That’s why it’s pretty important for us to monitor their health and well-being as well and for pet lovers, especially those who love to pet dogs, you might want to double check the food you’re giving them, because it might be the culprit behind their sudden cardiac arrest. Why? It’s because euthanasia drug was detected in some dog foods.
The Food and Drug Administration has issued a recall order on some dog food products.
FDA has started conducting an investigation on popular dog food brands such as Gravy Train, Ol’ Roy, Kibbles ‘N Bits, and Skippy because the agency discovered the presence of euthanasia drug in such wet dog foods. Its preliminary investigation gathered samples of Gravy Train dog food indicated the low-level presence of pentobarbital that will likely endanger the health of the pets. Even if the levels of the said euthanasia drug is relatively small and may not directly affect the pets, however, the FDA reiterated that the said drug should never be present in any dog or pet food and that even a tiny amount of it can be lethal to your pet’s well-being.
Gravy Train Had Started Pulling Out Its Products From the Shelves
The mother company of Gravy Train, J.M. Smucker Co. also released a statement saying that they’ve taken some precautionary measures and initiative to pull out the said items, as well as the shipment of other dog food brands. While the recall alert is still not official and just a fair warning, for now, these top dog food brands are now conducting several foods testing through their independent lab to double check the quality of their products. WJLA also confirmed that several of its product had resulted positive.
The WebMD also released a statement last week saying that the FDA is currently reviewing the entries and clinical testing thoroughly before determining the next appropriate actions they have to undertake. Hancart also reminds the customers do not hesitate and call their hotline 800-828-9980 for any concerns, especially if they’ve bought the said dog food brands recently. If not, they can also opt to email their website.
Hancart also stated that the company will continue their investigation until such time they can ensure that the presence of the euthanasia drug was eradicated and not a single dog got infected with the said drug. They also expressed their disappointment that the pentobarbital drug was introduced to the animal industry and had invaded their supply chain. As of now, the company had managed to narrow down their investigation and focus on one supplier and a single ingredient used to concoct the dog food.
These are the following dog-food products recalled by the FDA
For now, the FDA also reiterates that the withdrawal is due to the minor violation these pet dog food manufacturers had committed and is subject to legal actions and complications. The FDA is also warning the pet lover consumer to report any cases of pet health risks such as seizures, sudden, unintended death of dogs, in order to escalate the health order.
Kibbles ‘N Bits Dog Food (Canned or Wet)
- 13.2 oz. Burger, Cheese, and Turkey Bacon Variety
- 13.2 oz. Beef, Chicken, Meatball pasta, vegetable, and Turkey Bacon Variety
Skippy Dog Food (Canned or Wet)
- 13.2 oz. Select Cuts with Bone Marrow and Beef
- 13.2 oz. Select Cheese and Burger Cuts
- 13.2 oz. Chunks With Smoked Turkey Bacon and Gravy
If you’ve suspected that your dog had consumed the said infected dog products, it’s better to get them checked by their veterinarian as soon as possible.
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