J.M. Smucker dog food recalled because it contains euthanasia drug

J.M. Smucker has recalled shipments of four brands.
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What's happening?

J.M. Smucker, who you might more commonly know for its jellies and ice cream toppings, is recalling a several lines of its canned and wet dog food.

It's withdrawing specific shipments of its Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Ol' Roy and Skippy foods.

Why?

It follows D.C.-based TV station WJLA finding traces of pentobarbital in 60 percent of the products it tested.

The TV station investigated after a local pet owner said her four dogs got ill on New Year's Eve after being fed the food – with one of them dying.

Pentobarbital is a euthanizing drug used on dogs, cats and horses.

Smucker's carried out its own testing and detected "the presence of extremely low levels of pentobarbital" in some of its shipments.

“We take this very seriously and are extremely disappointed that pentobarbital was introduced to our supply chain," said Barry Dunaway, the president of the Smucker's-owned Pet Food and Pet Snacks. "We will continue to work closely with our suppliers and veterinarians to ensure the ingredients used in our products meet or exceed regulatory safety standards and our high-quality standards."

You can find a full list of the recalled products here – if you have any in your home, don't feed them to your pets.

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