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FDA investigates after euthanasia drug found in dog food

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The Food and Drug Administration is investigating​ dog food that tested positive for traces of a euthanasia drug.

An investigative report from WJLA news in Washington D.C. launched an investigation after speaking with a family who say their five dogs had instant reactions to eating a can of Evanger’s pet food they later learned was contaminated with pentobarbital, a lethal drug, most commonly used to euthanize dogs, cats and some horses. One of the dogs ended up dying.

WJLA partnered with a lab that specializes in testing for contaminants in food. They say they tested 62 samples of wet dog food from more than two dozen brands for traces of the fatal drug. One particular brand continued to come back positive, Gravy Train dog food. Testing 15 cans of Gravy Train, 9 cans came back positive for the euthanasia drug pentobarbital.

​The findings may indicate that companies are using euthanized animals to make their dog food, a practice that is illegal. ​Federal law also states that pentobarbital cannot appear in any food.

Gravy Train is made by Big Heart Pet Foods and owned by Smucker’s.

Big Heart Pet Foods is also the maker of Meow Mix, Milk Bone, Kibbles’n Bits, 9 Lives, Natural Balance, Pup-Peroni, Gravy Train, Nature’s Recipe, Canine Carry Outs, Milo’s Kitchen, Alley Cat, Jerky Treats, Meaty Bone, Pounce and Snausages.

Read the full report and learn what is being done by the FDA here: https://tinyurl.com/yan6cq46

Photo by NIDHIN MUNDACKAL on Unsplash

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