Published: Sat, February 17, 2018
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Some Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits cans withdrawn over sedative concern

Some Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits cans withdrawn over sedative concern

"They were convulsing", Mael told ABC7 of the horrifying incident.

The J.M. Smucker Company has initiated a voluntary product withdrawal of specific shipments of Gravy Train®, Kibbles "N Bits®, Ol" Roy®, and Skippy® canned/wet dog food because they do not meet its quality specifications due to the presence of extremely low levels of pentobarbital. "Nobody. Not fair. I mean, I would give anything to see Talula again".

Though People magazine points out that it is not clear how pentobarbital made its way into Talula's meal from Evanger's, Smucker's announced February 15 that it is voluntarily recalling shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles "N Bits, Ol" Roy, and Skippy dog food over pentobarbital-related concerns.

WJLA then teamed up with a food testing lab and launched a months-long testing process of various brands of dog food. Retailers, including the nation's largest, Walmart, removed it from all 4,700 stores. 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.

Sixty per cent of the samples from the company were found to contain the chemical.


Efforts are now focused on how the pentobarbital got into the Gravy Train samples, with the FDA jumping into the investigation; the AP notes a supplier that provides one of the brand's lesser ingredients is being looked at.

According to Jaclyn Bowen, executive director of Clean Label Project the pentobarbital findings are not surprising.

The move came after Washington, D.C. -based television station WJLA tested 15 cans of the Gravy Train brand and found 60 percent, or nine out of the 15 cans, tested positive for the drug pentobarbital.

Pentobartbital was earlier found in Evanger's pet food.

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