Smucker recalls canned dog food containing potentially lethal drug

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Four brands are being recalled after the FDA found low levels of the drug pentobarbital were detected in cans of dog food. It said it is investigating how the euthanasia drug pentobarbital got into its supply chain and is focusing on a single supplier of a minor ingredient used at one manufacturing facility.

A healthy puppy lays in the grass during a walk.

The low levels of pentobarbital present are unlikely to cause any health risk to pets, the Food and Drug Administration said in a statement.

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Pet owners should remove the contaminated products from their homes, the FDA advised, and can contact the Smucker Company at 800-828-9980 or by email.

According to U.S. FDA, Kibbles "N Bits, Gravy Train, Skippy, and Ol" Roy are among the many that have been withdrawn by company J.M. Suckers after an investigation led to the discovery of pentobarbital presence in one of their products.

Any detection of pentobarbital in pet food is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Veterinarians usually injects animals that are too sick to save with sodium pentobarbital at a high enough dose that the animal goes into cardiac arrest and dies.

"I would recommend to most people, obviously, to stop feeding these products and if you're concerned have your vet take a look at your animal". Just last April, an organic pet food company also had to recall their products after testing positive for the presence of pentobarbital. In other words, the body of a stray dog killed in a shelter may be ground up into dog food.

"Dogs that eat dog food containing pentobarbital may undergo with drowsiness, dizziness, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus and inability to stand".

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