It’s only been 6 days since the last dog food recall notice we’ve posted and again we have a list of them. This time we have one food recall, one recall of dog chewies, and a full dog food withdrawal.
J.M. Smucker Withdraws Multiple Dog Food Products
We are starting with the most pressing matter, a voluntary withdrawal of a whole slew of wet dog food products by the company J.M. Smucker. You know, the jam company.
The following products should be taken away from your dog because of the potential to contain low levels of pentobarbital, the euthanasia drug.
Affected Products in the Withdrawal
- Gravy Train Beef 13.2oz/12 – UPC 7910052879
- Gravy Train Beef/Chicken/Liver 13.2oz – UPC 7910051934
- Gravy Train Chunks in Gravy/Beef 13.2oz/12 – UPC 7910034417
- Gravy Train Chunks in Gravy/Chicken 13.2oz/12 – UPC 7910034418
- Gravy Train Chunks in Gravy/Lamb 13.2oz/12 – UPC 7910052543
- Gravy Train Chunks w/Beef 22oz – UPC 7910051647
- Gravy Train Chunks w/Chicken 22oz – UPC 7910051645
- Gravy Train Chunks w/T-bone Flavour 13.2oz – UPC 7910052541
- Gravy Train Strips w/Beef 13.2oz – UPC 7910052542
- Kibbles ‘n Bits 12ct Beef/Chicken Variety Pack – UPC 7910010393
- Kibbles ‘n Bits 12ct Meatball Variety Pack – UPC 7910010383
- Kibbles ‘n Bits Beef/Chicken 12pk Variety Pack – UPC 7910027751
- Kibbles ‘n Bits Beef/Chicken Variety Pack – UPC 7910027750
- Kibbles ‘n Bits Meatball 12pk Variety Pack – UPC 7910027750
- Kibbles ‘n Bits Meatball/Pasta Variety Pack – UPC 7910048359
- Kibbles ‘n Bits Wet Dog Burger & Turkey 12pk Variety Pack – UPC 7910027685
- Ol’ Roy Turkey/Back 13.2oz/12 – UPC 68113117570
In addition, Dog Food Advisor did not list a lot for the Skippy label. As such, it’s probably best to discard the product if it’s listed to contain the same meat as those listed above.
A Statement from the J.M. Smucker Company
On February 15, 2018, the J.M. Smucker Company released the following statement regarding the withdrawal:
Out of an abundance of caution, we initiated a voluntary withdrawal (not a recall) on specific shipments of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy canned/wet dog food because they do not meet our quality specifications.
This means retailers will remove the impacted shipments from their warehouses.
Veterinarians and animal nutrition specialists, as well as the FDA, have confirmed that extremely low levels of pentobarbital, like the levels reported to be in select shipments, do not pose a threat to pet safety.
However, the presence of this substance at any level is not acceptable to us and not up to our quality standards. We sincerely apologize for the concern this has caused.
Although veterinarians and animal nutrition specialists, as well as the FDA, have confirmed that extremely low levels of pentobarbital do not pose a threat to pet safety, we understand pet owners may have concerns.
We encourage them to contact us at 800-828-9980 or via email here.
Please know our internal investigation into this situation is ongoing.
We take this very seriously and are extremely disappointed that pentobarbital was introduced to our supply chain.
We have narrowed the focus of our investigation to a single supplier and a single, minor ingredient, used at one manufacturing facility.
If you are interested in the FDA’s definition of a withdrawal and how it differs from a recall, you can find that information in the Definitions section of the FDA’s website.
A Note About this Withdrawal
Something we want to make very clear here is that the J.M. Smucker Company has addressed the concern. The pentobarbital contained in this food has been traced to a supplier of meat that they use for their dog food production. It would be premature to speculate on how the pentobarbital found its way into the food but we believe that J.M. Smucker Company will investigate the situation thoroughly.
The amount of pentobarbital found in the food has been assessed as to be too low to cause any health concerns. That said, it is advised that pet parents follow the link below to report any health concerns.
Darwin’s ZooLogics Dog Food
Darwin’s Natural Pet Products has begun recalling select lots of its ZooLogics dog food due to the potential contamination with Salmonella bacteria.
The products being recalled are:
- ZooLogics Chicken and Vegetable Meals for Dogs Manufactured on 11/2/17
- ZooLogics Duck and Vegetable Meals for Dogs Manufactured on 11/16/17
According to Darwin founder, Gary Tashjian, most of the product is suspected to have been consumed without incident, save one case where “a dog was already ill with other conditions”.
If your dog consumes this product and has any health conditions, please follow the link above for the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.
Red Barn Bully Sticks
Red Barn Products, LLC is recalling its 7-inch Bully Stick Dog Chews 3-packs also because of potential Salmonella contamination.
Due to the potential for infection, we strongly advise that you discontinue feeding your dog this product and monitor the health of your family and your dog. Salmonella is a bacteria that can cause the following symptoms in humans: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramping, and fever. In addition, some more serious ailments can surface like arterial infections, endocarditis, arthritis, muscle pain, eye irritation, and urinary tract symptoms.
Pets infected with Salmonella may only have decreased appetite, fever, or abdominal pain but could show more serious symptoms like lethargy, diarrhea or bloody diarrhea, fever, and vomiting.
Most importantly, see your doctor if you or a family member is exhibiting any above symptoms and take your pet to the vet if they have eaten any of the affected product.
Finally, report any health concerns using the Consumer Incident Report Form.