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Pentobarbital Recalls

Posted by Annette 03/29/2018 0 Comment(s)

We are back at it sharing with you the bad news that even more harmful ingredients are being found in dog foods.  This week is part three of the series and we are taking a look at Pentobarbital.  Two companies have pulled dog food product from the shelves recently and this one is disturbing.  Let’s get to it.

 

Sodium Pentobarbital (Pentobarbital for short)

 

Small doses of this drug, commonly used to anesthetize and euthanize pets, has been found in some dog foods recently and we felt we needed to cover this topic.  I know you are asking yourself, “What?!”  “How?!”  We did too, so we did some research in an attempt to get some answers.

 

Most pet food products include rendered animal feed including ingredients such as fish, meat and poultry.  These ingredients are the leftovers; the parts we humans wouldn’t eat.  You know, fish heads, tissues and the like.  This salvaged protein and fat is then used to produce the pet food we see on the shelves and that our dogs go bat-spit crazy for at meal time.  So no waste is good, right?  Yes, until somewhere in the supply chain euthanized livestock enter the picture.  Pentobarbital, used in euthanasia, survives the rendering process to end up as a detectable toxin in the finished food product, possibly sickening your pet. 

 

This isn’t the first rodeo for this drug.  According to the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine in the 1990s veterinarians had been reporting a resistance to the drug (also used to anesthetize for veterinary procedures) due to tolerance being built through its consistent ingestion in pet food.  Read more from this 2002 report.   If you suspect your dog has been exposed to Pentobarbital, please take a look at this list of symptoms you may observe.

 

Symptoms include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Excitement
  • Nausea
  • Inability to stand
  • Nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky fashion)

 

In higher doses, dogs can experience coma and death; however, according to the FDA, this recall is due to a low dose of the drug.  Therefore, dogs who consumed contaminated food should probably not be symptomatic.  Even so, pet food containing any amount of Pentobarbital is a violation of the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act.  In other words, it’s illegal.

 

Now it’s time to play everybody’s favorite game, “Check Your Pantry.”  Here are the dog food products recalled and pulled from the shelves recently:

 

Big Heart Pet Foods – Subsidiary of J.M. Smucker Company

 

  • Gravy Train with T-Bone Flavor Chunks, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910052541
  • Gravy Train with Beef Strips, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 791052542
  • Gravy Train with Lamb & Rice Chunks, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910052543
  • Gravy Train with Chicken Chunks, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910034418
  • Gravy Train with Beef Chunks, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910034417
  • Gravy Train with Chicken Chunks, 22-ounce can, UPC 7910051645
  • Gravy Train with Beef Chunks, 22-ounce can, UPC 7910051647
  • Gravy Train Chunks in Gravy with Beef Chunks, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910034417
  • Kibbles ‘N Bits 12-can Variety Pack – 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 pack of 13.2-ounce cans, UPC 7910010377, 7910010378
  • Kibbles ‘N Bits 12-Can Variety Pack – 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 pack of 13.2-ounce cans, UPC 7910010382, 7910048367, 7910010378
  • Kibbles ‘N Bits 12-Can Variety Pack – 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, 12 pack of 13.2-ounce cans, UPC 7910010380, 7910010377, 7910010375
  • Kibbles ‘N Bits Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Beef & Vegetables in Gravy, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910010375
  • Kibbles ‘N Bits Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Turkey, Bacon & Vegetables in Gravy, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910010378
  • Kibbles ‘N Bits Chef’s Choice Homestyle Tender Slices with Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910010380
  • Ol’ Roy Strips Turkey Bacon, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 8113117570
  • Skippy Premium Chunks in Gravy Chunky Stew, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 79100502469
  • Skippy Premium Chunks in Gravy with Beef, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910050250
  • Skippy Premium Strips in Gravy with Beef, 13.2-ounce can, UPC 7910050245

 

Contact Smucker for refund or replacement at 800-828-9980 or email them through their Contact Us page

 

Evanger’s

 

 

  • Hunk of Beef Au Jus, 12oz cans
    • Lot numbers start with:
      • 1816E03HB
      • 1816E04HB
      • 1816E06HB
      • 1816E07HB
      • 1816E13HB
  • Braised Beef Chunks, 12oz cans
    • Lot number 20107
  • Against the Grains Pulled Beef, 12oz cans
    • Lot number 80001
  • Mainly distributed in NY, MA, MD, SC, WA, CA, MN, IL, IN, WI, OH, PA, GA, FL

 

Contact Evanger’s at 847-537-0102.

 

If you suspect your dog’s food of contamination with Pentobarbital, Listeria or Salmonella, first seek a veterinarian’s care for your dog.  Then, you may report concerns to the FDA through their Safety Reporting Portal or contact the Consumer Complaint Coordinator in your state.  Keep an eye on future recalls through the FDA too!

 

Other measures you may wish to take are to look for dog foods that are listed as Human Grade.  We came across The Honest Kitchen when looking for our own dogs and love that they are produced to human consumption standards.  Find them in specialty pet stores or check them out online for more information on the company.  Another option would be to get out your apron and get busy in the kitchen.  Our Pinterest page has some really easy home-cooked meals that are nutritious, safe and delicious. 

 

Do you have a dog food recipe to share?  We’d love to hear from you!  Comment here on the blog or hit us up on Facebook and Twitter.  See you soon!

 

 

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