The spokesperson for the FDA continued to say that pentobarbital should not ever be present in any pet food and those products containing pentobarbital, regardless of the amount, are considered adulterated.
After testing 62 samples of wet dog food from over 24 brands for pentobarbital multiple times over several months, just one brand repeatedly tested positive for pentobarbital with sixty percent of samples coming back positive: Gravy Train. The Illinois-based company recalled its "Hunk of Beef" products when FDA officials found the drug in a shipment of dog food cans manufactured between June 6 and June 13, 2016.
A product recall at the consumer level has not yet been initiated and as of Thursday morning neither Smucker nor any agencies in the government revealed whether any of the dog food implicated had reached retail store shelves where consumers had access to purchase it.
Consumers should not feed their pets the withdrawn lots of canned dog food. "The presence of pentobarbital in Gravy Train does not come as a surprise and the Evanger's recall was not a one-off, rather the tip of the iceberg of an industry that needs to significantly improve its food safety and quality through testing". The products were distributed to retailers across the USA. It reads in part: "Please know our internal investigation into this situation is ongoing". We have narrowed the focus of our investigation to a single supplier and a single, minor ingredient, used at one manufacturing facility. We take this very seriously and are extremely disappointed that pentobarbital was introduced to our supply chain. "We will take the appropriate steps to ensure this does not occur again".
Taking action into their own hands, ABC7 partnered with Ellipse Analytics to independently investigate pet food for traces of euthanasia drugs.