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Dog Food Withdrawn from Store Shelves Over Concerns About Euthanasia Drug Contamination

Dog Food Withdrawn from Store Shelves Over Concerns About Euthanasia Drug Contamination

They took the dog for a postmortem to see what killed her, and doctors found traces of pentobarbital - a lethal drug that is commonly used to euthanize dogs - in her system.

Whitney Richardson owns three dogs. "Consumers, they're exhausted of their pets dying", said Susan Thixton, who's been researching and writing about the pet food industry for years. The drug is used to euthanize animals. Renderers take the bodies from farms, animal shelters and other facilities.

One somewhat stomach-churning possibility being bandied about: animals that were put down somehow ended up in the pet food.

The FDA has been aware of the presence of pentobarbital in some dog food for at least 20 years. She sent the rest of the dogs' food and the remains of one of the dogs for testing, where the dog was found to have been poisoned by dog food and that the food contained pentobarbital, WJLA reported last week.

Thanks to ABC7′s findings, the FDA may finally start to do something to prevent pentobarbital from ending up in pet food.

Smucker said that the amounts of pentobarbital discovered in their product were not a threat to the safety of pets.

Sixty-two samples of wet dog food, from more than 24 brands, were tested over a period of several months. We plan to review the results and determine appropriate action. "Above all, we are a company that loves pets and understand the responsibility we have in providing high quality food for the pets our consumers love". In 2007, thousands of dogs were sickened after eating chicken jerky treats. If retailers have records to identify consumers who have purchased the withdrawn product, the FDA encourages those retailers to contact the consumers to alert about the product withdrawal.

The company is pulling back several varieties of wet canned Gravy Train, Kibbles "N Bits, Skippy and Ol" Roy brands.

The contamination has been detected during a study that was commissioned by a news station in Washington, D.C. The Clean Label Project conducted the study on behalf of WJIA. (Only Gravy Train products tested positive for pentobarbital.) For further peace of mind, the nonprofit now offers certification to brands that tested negative. If they say it doesn't come from dogs, cats and horses where does it come from?

Based on the testing results provided to FDA, the agency has made a preliminary evaluation that the level of pentobarbital found in the samples is "unlikely to post a health risk for pets".

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