Recalled: Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘N Bits, Ol’ Roy and Skippy Canned Dog Foods

This recall follows an explosive investigative report that discovered traces of pentobarbital (a euthanasia drug) in some cans of Gravy Train dog food.

Maker: The J.M. Smucker Company
Cause: Potential for low levels of pentobarbital
Announcement: Gravy Train website announcement (archived here); Kibbles ‘N Bits website announcement (archived here); company email to Petful dated Feb. 15, 2018 (archived here); and FDA announcement dated Feb. 16, 2018, and updated dated March 2, 2018 (archived here)
What was recalled: The company is recalling the following canned dog foods manufactured from 2016 to Feb. 15, 2018:

Gravy Train:

  • 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

Kibbles ‘N Bits:

  • 12-can Variety Pack — Chef’s Choice American Grill Burger Dinner With Real Bacon & Cheese Bits in Gravy, Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts With Real Turkey Bacon & Vegetables in Gravy, 12 pack of 13.2 oz. cans, UPC# 7910010377 and 7910010378
  • 12-Can Variety Pack — Chef’s Choice Bistro Hearty Cuts With Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy, Chef’s Choice Homestyle Meatballs & Pasta Dinner With Real Beef in Tomato Sauce, 12 pack of 13.2 oz. cans, UPC# 7910010382, 7910048367 and 7910010378
  • 12-Can Variety Pack — Chef’s Choice Homestyle Tender Slices With Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy, Chef’s Choice American Grill Burger Dinner With Real Bacon & Cheese Bits in Gravy, Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts With Real Beef & Vegetables in Gravy, 12 pack of 13.2 oz. cans, UPC# 7910010380, 7910010377 and 7910010375
  • Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts With Real Beef & Vegetables in Gravy, 13.2 oz. can, UPC# 7910010375
  • Chef’s Choice Bistro Tender Cuts With Real Turkey, Bacon & Vegetables in Gravy, 13.2 oz. can, UPC# 7910010378
  • Chef’s Choice Homestyle Tender Slices With Real Beef, Chicken & Vegetables in Gravy, 13.2 oz. can, UPC# 7910010380

Ol’ Roy:

  • Strips Turkey Bacon, 13.2 oz. can, UPC# 8113117570

Skippy:

  • Premium Chunks in Gravy Chunky Stew, 13.2 oz. can, UPC# 79100502469
  • Premium Chunks in Gravy With Beef, 13.2 oz. can, UPC# 7910050250
  • Premium Strips in Gravy With Beef, 13.2 oz. can, UPC# 7910050245

This recall (which the company called a “voluntary withdrawal” but the FDA has now labeled a recall) follows an explosive report earlier this month that discovered traces of pentobarbital, a powerful sedative often used as a euthanasia drug, in tested cans of Gravy Train dog food.

In a statement to Petful on Feb. 15, 2018, The J.M. Smucker Company said these steps are being taken “out of an abundance of caution” because certain shipments “do not meet our quality specifications.”

The statement continued: “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. 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. We will take the appropriate steps to ensure this does not occur again.”

In this video, Petful publisher Dave Baker discusses the news:

The FDA hinted that more products may be taken off the market, explaining that it “has become aware of reports of other products also subject to withdrawal.” The agency says it has asked Smuckers for clarification.

UPDATE: We Now Know What Mystery Meat Was in Tainted Gravy Train

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