There are many hazards currently affecting our food supply, and they generally fall into two categories: acute and cumulative.
When it comes to GMOs and the low quality of our pesticide laced food for example, the risk is generally long-term and cumulative, manifesting itself in health problems after repeated consumption in everyone from animals to human beings.
But there is another threat that should also be taken seriously as well: the acute threat from food poisoning, unapproved drugs in our food, potentially deadly bacteria like listeria, and many more unwanted substances.
At the current moment, the FDA has a potentially serious crisis on its hands as it works to investigate reports of a surprisingly deadly drug in dog food, the effects of which one pet owner says she never wants any other dog owner to go through.
“Nobody Should Have to Go Through What We Went Through. Nobody.”
According to a report from WJLA Washington (D.C.), people who feed their pets the Evanger dog food brand, as well as Gravy Train, should be especially concerned, due to special history of risk from a potentially deadly drug.
Unfortunately, dog owner Nikk Mael found out the hard way on New Year’s Eve 2016 when her five dogs all experienced mysterious bouts of convulsing, running into walls and other serious health issues after consuming a can of Evanger dog food.
Within minutes, she was rushing her lifeless dogs to the emergency vet, the article said.
Her dog Talula, whom she said she would give anything to see again, didn’t make it. She had been poisoned by the food, Mael said.
Mael sent a sample of the food to a lab and found something shocking: pentobarbital, a lethal drug commonly used to euthanize dogs, cats and some horses, was found within. The drug is not allowed to kill animals that become dog food or any other part of the food supply, yet here it was hiding within a supposedly healthy dog food brand.
“Consumers have no information, “ said Thixton. “A consumer has to become a private detective to learn what’s really in their food.”
News Station Investigates Allegedly Deadly Pet Food
Partnering with Ellipse Analytics, a lab specializing in the testing of pet food for contaminants, the news station decided to test 62 samples of wet dog food for the euthanasia drug that Mael believed killed her dog.
The Evanger brand tested negative this time around according to the report, but one particular brand actually tested positive: Gravy Train, of which 15 cans were tested and nine of them — an alarming 60 percent in total — tested positive for the aforementioned euthanasia drug pentobarbital.
The amounts were not found to be at lethal levels, but any amount of the drug in pet or human food is deemed to be illegal by the FDA. And it’s obviously quite risky.
Gravy Train is owned by Smucker’s a popular jelly company, as well as Big Heart Pet Foods. The brand earns about $40 million each year in annual revenue.
Big Heart Brands also makes Meow Mix, Milk Bone, Kibbles’n Bits, 9 Lives, Pup-Peroni and several other popular brands of dog food and dog treats.
According to the article the source of these drugs is not known, but it could be from animal carcasses mixed in during the rendering process, who have been euthanized previously.
For more information on this story and how to protect your pet’s health, as well as contact info for the affected brands to let them know how you feel about this issue, check out the full article by clicking on this link.
Both the FDA and Smucker’s denied on-camera interview requests for the story according to WJLA. The FDA eventually said it “will investigate the matter and take appropriate enforcement action.”
Smucker’s said the following: “We launched and are conducting a thorough investigation, including working closely with our suppliers, to determine the accuracy of these results and the methodology used.”