A large recall has been issued on various dog food brands after an investigation found them to be contaminated by a euthanasia drug.
The J.M. Smucker Company has recalled several types of their “Gravy Train,” “Kibbles N’ Bits” and “Skippy” wet dog food.
The company said the voluntary recall was issued after they found small amounts of pentobarbital in one of their minor ingredients.
Pentobarbital is a sedative that is used to help insomnia, however, when administered in large doses, it can induce death.
They believe that the amount that was found was too low to affect pets, however, it is still unacceptable.
U.S. health officials say that, “Pentobarbital can affect animals that ingest it, and possibly cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, or nausea, or in extreme cases, possibly death.”
Consumers who purchased the recalled products are urged to throw away the product immediately.
So far there have been no reports of illness due to the consumption of these products.
Source: Syracuse.com, “Nationwide vegetable recall hits Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Target”