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Drug used to put dogs down causes recall of dog food brands

MIAMI  J.M. Smucker is "withdrawing" all lots of certain Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Skippy and Ol' Roy canned dog food products manufactured since 2016 because they might contain pentobarbital, a sedative used in pet euthanasia.

An FDA alert was posted Friday.

"The FDA's preliminary evaluation of the testing results of Gravy Train samples indicates that the low level of pentobarbital present in the withdrawn products is unlikely to pose a health risk to pets," reads Friday's FDA alert. "However, pentobarbital should never be present in pet food and products containing any amount of pentobarbital are considered to be adulterated."

Smucker is calling it a "withdrawal," not a "recall." Either way, it still means these products are coming off store shelves and should not be used if already bought.

The Gravy Train flavors involved are: Gravy Train with T-Bone Flavor Chunks, 13.2-ounce cans; Gravy Train with Beef Strips, 13.2-ounce cans; Gravy Train with Lamb & Rice Chunks, 13.2-ounce cans; Gravy Train with Chicken Chunks, 13.2-ounce and 22-ounce cans; Gravy Train with Beef Chunks, 13.2-ounce and 22-ounce cans; Gravy Train Chunks in Gravy with Beef Chunks, 13.2-ounce cans.

The Kibbles 'N Bits Variety Packs recalled are: 12-cans Chef's Choice American Grill Burger Dinner with Real Bacon & Cheese Bits in Gravy, Chef's Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Turkey Bacon & Vegetables in Gravy; 12-cans Chef's Choice Bistro Hearty Cuts with Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy, Chef's Choice Homestyle Meatballs & Pasta Dinner with Real Beef in Tomato Sauce; 12-cans Chef's Choice Homestyle Tender Slices with Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy, Chef's Choice American Grill Burger Dinner with Real Bacon & Cheese Bits in Gravy, Chef's Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Beef & Vegetables in Gravy.

Regular Kibbles 'N Bits 13.2-ounce cans pulled Chef's Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Beef & Vegetables in Gravy; Chef's Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Turkey, Bacon & Vegetables in Gravy; and Chef's Choice Homestyle Tender Slices with Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy.

Skippy varieties pulled are 13.2-ounce cans of Premium Chunks in Gravy Chunky Stew; Premium Chunks in Gravy with Beef; and Premium Strips in Gravy with Beef.

The only variety of Ol' Roy, Walmart's house brand, pulled is Turkey Bacon in 13.2-ounce cans.

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