UPDATE (June 21, 2019) : Because of the tremendous amount of traffic this post has recieved and the overwhelming number of panicked replies and emails – I need to emphasize that this article was written on February 15, 2018. While the problem with Ol’ Roy Dog Food may be dated, the problem of pentobarbital surfacing in pet food continues today.
Today, we learn of yet another national brand of dog food was found to contain the lethal euthanizing drug sodium pentobarbital: Walmart’s brand Ol’ Roy canned dog food. Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, is now in the process of quietly removing it from all 4,700 stores across America.
At this point, we do not know which Ol’ Roy formulas are affected. There is no information on Walmart’s recall page about the Ol’ Roy pet food withdrawal, nor has Walmart made a public announcement.
This latest discovery was made during an investigation by ABC7 News into pentobarbital-laced pet food following the Evanger’s debacle. This news follows days after the revelation that several other Big Heart Brand dog foods also tested positive for the drug. After ABC7 releasing the results of lab tests that identified the drug, the FDA launched an investigation.
FOUR BRANDS + MULTIPLE VARIETIES NAMED
Yesterday, we learned that in addition to today’s news about Walmart’s Ol’ Roy canned dog food, that Big Heart Pet Brand’s Kibbles n’ Bits, Gravy Train and Skippy brand canned dog foods also tested positive for the deadly drug – a drug commonly used to euthanize pets. The news prompted a notice for a nationwide withdrawal of the tainted pet food in which retailers were instructed to pull the tainted dog food from their stores and destroy the product.
The number of brands of dogs found to contain the deadly drug, since the investigation began, has risen steadily to include today’s count of nine varieties of Gravy Train canned dog foods, seven varieties of Kibbles n’ Bits canned dog foods, and one variety of Skippy canned dog food.
GRAVY TRAIN’S DENIAL OF RESPONSIBILITY
On Gravy Train’s website, there is a notice in regards to the discovery of pentobarbital laced dog food, which they refer to as a “claim.” They claim that the products only contain what they describe as “extremely low levels of pentobarbital” and therefore “do not pose a threat to pet safety” admitting only that they are “disappointed that pentobarbital was introduced to our supply chain.”
Instead of taking responsibility for their failure to follow strict auditing practices, they point the blame on a “single supplier.” Curiously, they also claim that none of their foods contain “euthanized animals or pets” in their pet food, nor do their foods contain “3D or 4D meat such as dead, dying, disabled, or diseased animals.”
BIG HEART BRAND’S EMPIRE OF NATIONAL BRANDS
Big Heart Brands manufacturers an enormous amount of branded – and private label – dry and wet pet food, and pet snacks under the Meow Mix, Milk-Bone, Kibbles ‘n Bits, 9Lives, Natural Balance, Pup-Peroni, Gravy Train, Nature’s Recipe, Canine Carry Outs, Milo’s Kitchen, Reward, Pounce, Cycle, Morris, Jerky Treats, Amore, Meaty Bone, Alley Cat, Snausages, Tartar Check, Flavor Snacks, GravyBones, Super Supper, Ham & Cheesers, Steak & Cheesers, Surf n’ Turf, Farm Stand Selects, Growing Years, Snaw Somes!, Marosnacks, Wholesome Goodness, Plus Care, Bold Meaty Satisfaction!, Acatemy, Combo Bites, Let’s Play, Carribean Catch, Chew-lotta, Pawfections, Kitten Lil’ Nibbles, in addition to many, many other brand names.
Unfortunately, as Big Heart Pet Brands also produces and distributes a number of private label pet products, we cannot know which private label brands may also be contaminated with pentobarbital.
GRAVY TRAIN CONTAMINATED PRODUCT
|Item Name||UPC Item Code(s)|
|Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with T-Bone Flavor Chunks||7910052541|
|Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Beef Strips||7910052542|
|Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Lamb and Rice Chunks||7910052543|
|Gravy Train 22 oz. with Chicken Chunks||7910051645|
|Gravy Train 22 oz. with Beef Chunks||7910051647|
|Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Beef Chunks||7910034417|
|Gravy Train 13.2 oz. with Chicken Chunks||7910034418|
|Gravy Train 13.2 oz. Chunks in Gravy Stew||7910051933|
|Gravy Train 13.2 oz. Chicken, Beef & Liver Medley||7910051934|
|Gravy Train 13.2 oz. Chunks in Gravy with Beef Chunks||7910034417|
KIBBLES ‘N BITS CONTAMINATED PRODUCT
|Item Name||UPC Item Code(s)|
|Kibbles ‘N Bits 13.2 oz. Burger Bacon Cheese and Turkey Bacon Vegetable Variety 12-Pack||79100103777910010378|
|Kibbles ‘N Bits 13.2 oz. Beef, Chicken, Vegetable, Meatball Pasta and Turkey Bacon Vegetable Var. Pack||79100103827910048367
|Kibbles ‘N Bits 13.2 oz. Beef, Chicken, Vegetable, Burger Bacon Cheese and Beef Vegetable Variety Pack||79100103807910010377
|Kibbles ‘N Bits 13.2 oz. Wet Variety Pack||79100103757910048367|
|Kibbles ‘N Bits 13.2 oz. Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Beef & Vegetable in Gravy||79100103757910048367|
|Kibbles ‘N Bits Chef’s Choice Homestyle Tender Slices with Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy||7910010380|
|Kibbles ‘N Bits Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts with Real Turkey, Bacon & Vegetable in Gravy||7910010378|
THE COMPLETE LIST OF AFFECTED PET FOODS
WHICH BRANDS ARE NEXT?
As more Big Heart Brands pet foods are discovered to contain the deadly drug, it is possible – and based on emerging information and the lack of quality control – that other Big Heart brands may also contain material from the same supplier that supplied them with the pentobarbital-laced meat. Therefore, it would wise to avoid feeding your pet any Big Heart pet food brands until an investigation into the matter is complete.
UTTER + MISERABLE FAILURE
What consumers want to know is why did Smucker’s fail to have adequate safeguards in place to prevent this tragedy from occurring? How did one of the nations largest maker of pet food fail so utterly and miserably at auditing their suppliers and testing their ingredients that allowed a deadly drug (which can only come from euthanized animals) to slip into their pet foods?
WHO TO CONTACT FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
For more information about all the affected pet foods, contact Big Heart Brand’s corporate website.
For more information, contact Gravy Train at 800-828-9980 or via email here.
To find out how to report a problem with a pet food contact the FDA.
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