A family is mourning the unexpected loss of their dog and the FDA is launching an investigation after tested dog food revealed the presence of the euthanasia drug, pentobarbital, a barbiturate. According to WJLA News, the Mael family lost their dog, Talulah, after she ate a can of Evanger dog food – their other dogs showed signs of poisoning as well. After Talulah died, a necropsy was performed and it confirmed that she had died from poisoning…from her dog food.
After Talulah’s death, WJLA partnered with Ellipse Analytics to test dozens of wet dog food brands and the results are shocking, especially for the Gravy Train brand, which is made by Big Heart Pet Foods (owned by Smucker’s). Of the 15 cans tested, 60 percent came back positive for the deadly euthanasia drug – though the levels weren’t considered to be “lethal,” the law states that NO concentration is allowed in food of any sort, even for pets.
So how does a euthanasia drug wind up in pet food? A possibility, as reported by WJLA, is that euthanized pets have been added as “adulterated ingredients,” to pet food. As a result of the pet food testing, the FDA has agreed to “investigate the matter and take appropriate enforcement action.”
Of note, the Evanger pet food that was tested by WJLA and Ellipse Analytics did not reveal the presence of pentobarbital.
More from the WJLA report here.
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