Gravy Train Dog Food
⚠ Important recall information appears below.
Gravy Train dog food is owned by Big Heart Pet Brands / J.M. Smucker Company. It was the first to advertise that mixing its dog food with water created a gravy that dogs couldn’t get enough of.
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Big Heart proudly proclaims its belief in integrity, courage and action to make the best choices for pets. Although the tagline on the bag says, “Stir Up a Nourishing Meal,” Gravy Train is generally considered to be a very low-quality pet food.
Big Heart Pet Brands, formerly a branch of the Del Monte Pet Products group, was acquired by The J.M. Smucker Company in 2015. Its portfolio of brands includes Meow Mix, Milk-Bone, Kibbles ‘n Bits, 9Lives, Natural Balance, Pup-Peroni, Gravy Train, Nature’s Recipe, Canine Carry Outs and Milo’s Kitchen.
Gravy Train Quick Facts
Brand line includes: Gravy Train Beef Flavor Dry Dog Food; Gravy Train Beef, Liver & Bacon Dry Dog Food; Gravy Train Chicken & Rice Flavor Dry Dog Food; Gravy Train Chunks in Gravy with Beef Chunks; Gravy Train Meaty Ground Dinner with Beef & Bacon; and a variety of treats
Company: Big Heart Pet Brands Inc.
Headquarters: 1 Maritime Plaza Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94111
Contact info: 415-247-3000, website
Has Gravy Train Ever Been Recalled?
Yes. Independent testing in February 2018 by a TV news investigative team reportedly turned up traces of pentobarbital — often used as a euthanasia drug — in samples of Gravy Train. Pentobarbital can be deadly when consumed by dogs or cats. As a result of that investigation, The J.M. Smucker Company announced a recall of various flavors of Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy and Skippy canned dog foods.
In this video, Petful publisher Dave Baker discusses the news:
More than 10 years earlier, there was a previous Gravy Train recall, when the brand’s Beef Sticks dog snacks were pulled as a precaution during the 2007 melamine contamination. Full details of all Gravy Train recalls appear below.
List of Gravy Train Recalls
Cause: Potential for low levels of pentobarbital. Announcement: Gravy Train website announcement, company email to Petful dated Feb. 15, 2018; FDA update dated March 2, 2018. What was recalled: The following canned dog foods manufactured from 2016 to Feb. 15, 2018:
- 13.2 oz. With T-Bone Flavor Chunks, UPC# 7910052541
- 13.2 oz. With Beef Strips, UPC# 7910052542
- 13.2 oz. With Lamb and Rice Chunks, UPC# 7910052543
- 13.2 oz. With Beef Chunks, UPC# 7910034417
- 22 oz. With Beef Chunks, UPC# 7910051647
- 13.2 oz. With Chicken Chunks, UPC# 7910034418
- 22 oz. With Chicken Chunks, UPC# 7910051645
- 13.2 oz. Chunks in Gravy Stew, UPC# 7910051933
- 13.2 oz. Chicken, Beef & Liver Medley, UPC# 7910051934
- 13.2 oz. Chunks in Gravy with Beef Chunks, UPC# 7910034417
Cause: Melamine. Announcement: FDA report dated March 31, 2007. What was recalled: Gravy Train Beef Sticks Dog Snacks meeting the following specifications:
- Production Code TP7B19 and “Best by” Aug. 19, 2008
- Production Code TP7B20 and “Best by” Aug. 20, 2008
- Production Code TP7B21 and “Best by” Aug. 21, 2008
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