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Euthanasia Drug in Dog Food Prompts FDA Investigation

Euthanasia Drug in Dog Food Prompts FDA Investigation

Pentobarbitol, a euthanasia drug, reportedly turned up in the products of some dog food brands. (Sharaf Maksumov/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Friday, 09 February 2018 05:07 PM

The presence of a euthanasia drug in several dog food brands has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the claims that pet food companies may be illegally using euthanized animals in their products.

The investigation comes after WJLA published its own findings of tests it hired a company to conduct on 62 different dog food samples from more than two-dozen brands to see if any contained pentobarbital, a drug used to euthanize animals on farms, in zoos, and in veterinary clinics.

The tests showed that more than half the samples of Gravy Train dog food contained the drug, which means that the company had used illegal sources of animals to make its food. Euthanized animals are prohibited from being used in any foods for people or animals, according to the FDA, reported WJLA.

The study by WJLA was undertaken after the news outlet did a story on Nikki Mael, whose five dogs all became sick on New Year’s Eve 2016 after eating Evanger’s dog food that was later found to have high levels of pentobarbital. One of the dogs died and the others recovered.

WJLA said that the FDA has signaled that it would not enforce its own rules on using dead animals from farms, animal shelters, and other facilities to make pet food even though these sources are considered adulterated ingredients and are illegal.

Gravy Train is made by Big Heart Pet Foods, which also makes Meow Mix, Milk Bone, Kibbles ’n Bits, 9 Lives, Natural Balance, and other cat and dog foods and treats, KHQ reported.

Neither Big Heart Pet Foods nor the FDA responded to WJLA’s requests for comment.

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The presence of euthanasia drug pentobarbital in several dog food brands has prompted the Food and Drug Administration to investigate the claims that pet food companies may be illegally using euthanized animals in their products.
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