NATIONWIDE — The FDA says it’s launching an investigation after a euthanasia drug was found in cans of dog food.
Washington, D.C. TV station WJLA partnered with the lab Ellipse Analytics to test multiple brands of wet dog food for the drug used to assist death in vet clinics, pentobarbital. In total, they tested 62 samples of more than two-dozen brands.
One brand, Gravy Train, repeatedly came back positive for pentobarbital, according to the station. Out of the 15 cans tested, nine tested positive — or 60 percent.
Gravy Train, made by Big Heart Pet Foods, is owned by Smucker’s.
Big Heart Brands also makes 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.
According to the FDA, ingestion of pentobarbital cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, death.
WJLA asked Smucker's for a statement, this is what they received:
"We launched and are conducting a thorough investigation, including working closely with our suppliers, to determine the accuracy of these results and the methodology used."
To contact the FDA, Smucker’s or Big Heart Brands regarding this issue:
- FDA: 888-463-6332
- Smucker’s: 888-550-9555
- Big Heart Brands: 415-247-3000