The Food and Drug Administration is warning pet owners about certain brands of canned dog food that may contain a drug used for euthanasia.
The dog food produced by the J.M. Smucker Company includes brands such as Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, and Skippy.
The company has voluntarily recalled the affected cans of dog food.
According to the FDA, some cans of the food were contaminated with pentobarbital, a barbituate drug commonly used as a sedative, anesthetic, or for euthanasia.
The agency notes the levels of pentobarbital found in the withdrawn cans is at a low level, and will unlikely pose a health risk to pets.
“We take this very seriously and are extremely disappointed that pentobarbital was introduced to our supply chain,” said Barry Dunaway, president of J.M. Smucker’s pet food and pet snacks division, in a statement. “We will continue to work closely with our suppliers and veterinarians to ensure the ingredients used in our products meet or exceed regulatory safety standards and our high-quality standards.”
Consumers who purchased the affected canned dog food should dispose of it or contact J.M. Smucker Company about a return. Any pet owners who worry their dog ate the contaminated food and might be sick should consult their veterinarians.
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