Smucker Withdraws Multiple Dog Food Brands
J.M. Smucker Company has initiated a voluntary withdrawal of various wet dog food products due to the potential to contain low levels of pentobarbital, a euthanasia drug.
What Products Are Affected?
Affected products include canned wet dog food versions of the following brands:
- Gravy Train
- Kibbles ‘N Bits
- Ol’ Roy
The following table is reproduced from an email sent by Walmart to its affected customers.
Message from the Company
The following text is taken from an email received from Smucker by The Dog Advisor on February 15, 2018:
Out of an abundance of caution we initiated a voluntary withdrawal (not a recall) on specific shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy canned/wet dog food because they do not meet our quality specifications.
This means retailers will remove the impacted shipments from their warehouses.
Veterinarians and animal nutrition specialists, as well as the FDA, have confirmed that extremely low levels of pentobarbital, like the levels reported to be in select shipments, do not pose a threat to pet safety.
However, the presence of this substance at any level is not acceptable to us and not up to our quality standards. We sincerely apologize for the concern this has caused.
Although veterinarians and animal nutrition specialists, as well as the FDA, have confirmed that extremely low levels of pentobarbital do not pose a threat to pet safety, we understand pet owners may have concerns.
We encourage them to contact us at 800-828-9980 or via email here.
Please know our internal investigation into this situation is ongoing.
We take this very seriously and are extremely disappointed that pentobarbital was introduced to our supply chain.
We have narrowed the focus of our investigation to a single supplier and a single, minor ingredient, used at one manufacturing facility.
If you are interested in the FDA’s definition of a withdrawal and how it differs from a recall, you can find that information in the Definitions section of the FDA’s website.
What to Do?
U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.
Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.
Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.