April 23, 2024

FDA Warning Letter: JBS Souderton Tallow Contained Pentobarbital

An FDA warning letter dated April 23, 2019, states that the manufacturer JBS Souderton's products from its rendering plant contain pentobarbital, which is a drug used to euthanize dogs and cats in the United States. The pentobarbital was found in the pure tallow the company produces that was used to make pet food. JBS Souderton does business as MOPAC and supplies beef tallow to several animal food manufacturers. This letter is significant because pentobarbital was found in some brands of dog food last year, including canned Smucker dog food such as Gravy Train, Kibbles 'n Bits, and Skippy products. It is illegal for pet food to contain pentobarbital, because the food then contains an unsafe new animal drug. And no food can be sold in this country that is adulterated or … [Read more...]

FDA Updates Pet Owners About Pentobarbital in Canned Smucker Dog Food

The FDA issued an alert in February 2018 about potential pentobarbital contamination in canned dog food that's manufactured by The J.M. Smucker Company. The brands affected are some types of Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Ol' Roy, and Skippy products. On March 2, 2018, J.M. Smucker was told that the firm's actions to remove products is now considered a recall. A test by the firm confirmed the presence of pentobarbital in the tallow ingredient used in the Smucker dog food. The FDA is continuing to investigate this issue. It has collected product samples for testing that is pending. The FDA agreed to a recall because it was the quickest way to remove the products. The FDA will share more information as it becomes available. Pentobarbital is a barbiturate drug that is used in animals … [Read more...]

FDA Alerts Pet Owners About Possible Pentobarbital Contamination in Smucker Dog Foods

The FDA is alerting pet owners about potential pentobarbital contamination in some canned dog foods manufactured by the J.M. Smucker Company. Positive pentobarbital results came in for certain cans of Smucker Dog Foods Gravy Train dog food. The company withdrew various canned dog food products from its Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Ol' Roy, and Skippy brands. The FDA conducted a preliminary investigation of the testing results and found that the low level of pentobarbital in the Smucker Dog Foods products is "unlikely to pose a health risk to pets." But this chemical should never be present in pet food. Products that contain this compound are considered adulterated. You can report complaints about this and other pet food products through the Safety Reporting Portal. You can also … [Read more...]

Party Animal Recalls Dog Food for Pentobarbital

Another dog food is being recalled because of the potential presence of pentobarbital, an euthanasia drug. Party Animal is recalling some cans of their Cocolicious Beef & Turkey and Chicken & Beef dog food. A retailer in Texas told the company that their customer had presented samples of our 13-ounce-can Cocolicious Beef & Turkey dog food (Lot #0136E15204 04, best by July 2019) and 13-ounce-can Cocolicious Chicken & Beef dog food (Lot #0134E15 237 13, best by August 2019) to a testing lab, and that the results had tested positive for pentobarbital. The company tracked the lot numbers of those products and are recalling them. The company is having the products tested separately by an accredited independent laboratory and will get the results in 7 to 10 days. They … [Read more...]

Against the Grain Dog Food Recalled for Pentobarbital

Earlier this month we told you about a recall of dog food that was potentially contaminated with Penobarbital, which is used as a sedative and euthanasia drug. Now, another dog food is being recalled for the same issue. Against the Grain Pet Food is voluntarily recalling one lot of Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs. The product was manufactured and distributed in 2015, but the use by date is December 2019. Consumers may have this product in their homes. Oral exposure to pentobarbital can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner, inability to stand, and coma. No pet illnesses have been reported to the company to date. The recalled product is Against the Grain Pulled Beef with Gravy Dinner for Dogs … [Read more...]

Evanger’s Recalls Dog Food for Pentobarbital

Evanger's Dog & Cat Food of Illinois is voluntarily recalling some lots of its Hunk of Beef product because it may be contamianted with Pentobarbital. The drug was found in one lot of Hunk of Beef Au Jus. Pentobarbital is a barbiturate and is used as a sedative. It can cause drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, and death. Five dogs have been sickened after eating this product, and one dog died after consuming the food with lot number 1816E06HB13. The lot numbers of the recalled product start with 1816E03HB, 1816E04HB, 1816E06HB, 1816E07HB, and 1816E13HB, and have an expiration date of June 2020. The second half of the barcode reads 20109, which can be found on the back of the product label. Five lots of food were produced from the company's supplier's lot of … [Read more...]

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