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Pentobarbital Found in Gravy Train Dog Food

Discussion in 'Nutrition News and Articles' started by strykerdobe, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. strykerdobe

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    Pentobarbital Found in Gravy Train Dog Food
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    ABC news station WJLA of Washington, D.C. investigation into pet food found pentobarbital in 9 of 15 cans of Gravy Train dog food. How the pet food company responded to the news, and how the FDA responded is sickening.
    http://truthaboutpetfood.com/pentobarbital-found-in-gravy-train-dog-food/
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    Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

    Susan Thixton
    Pet Food Safety Advocate
    Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
    TruthaboutPetFood.com
    Association for Truth in Pet Food

    Become a member of our pet food consumer Association. Association for Truth in Pet Food is a a stakeholder organization representing the voice of pet food consumers at AAFCO and with FDA. Your membership helps representatives attend meetings and voice consumer concerns with regulatory authorities. Click Here to learn more.

    What’s in Your Pet’s Food?
    Is your dog or cat eating risk ingredients? Chinese imports? Petsumer Report tells the ‘rest of the story’ on over 5,000 cat foods, dog foods, and pet treats. 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee. Click Here to preview Petsumer Report. www.PetsumerReport.com



    Pentobarbital Found in Gravy Train Dog Food
    By Susan Thixton
    - February 9, 2018




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    ABC news station WJLA of Washington, D.C. investigation into pet food found pentobarbital in 9 of 15 cans of Gravy Train dog food. How the pet food company responded to the news, and how the FDA responded is sickening.

    A year ago FDA confirmed the presence of pentobarbital in multiple varieties of Evanger’s pet food. And here we are again…the drug used to euthanize cats, dogs and horses – pentobarbital – was again found in pet food. This time, the drug was found in Gravy Train canned dog food.

    First and foremost – a pet food company sourcing meat from a “diseased animal or an animal that has died otherwise than by slaughter” (a euthanized animal) is a direct violation of federal law.

    WJLA News tested 62 samples of dog food. “After months of tests and re-tests, one brand repeatedly came back positive for pentobarbital. In total, we tested 15 cans of Gravy Train. Nine cans — 60-percent of the sample — were positive for pentobarbital.”

    This is a Federal law violation.

    After test results were in hand, WJLA News sent questions to FDA…(GREAT questions WJLA!)…

    How does the FDA think pentobarbital is getting into pet food?

    The FDA did not respond.

    Why is pentobarbital still a supply-chain issue? Its existence dates back at least to 1998 when veterinarians were reporting dogs and cats with resistance to the drug and the FDA found it in more than 53% of detectable samples.

    The FDA did not respond.

    If pentobarbital was found in human food, what would be the FDA’s response?

    The FDA did not respond.

    Why does the FDA’s Compliance Policy state it will violate federal regulation that bans adulterated ingredients in pet food? (In order for the agency to have standing to contradict federal law, Congress would intentionally had to have left a “gap” in their intentions. If this is the FDA’s belief, please define the “gap.”) Please provide scientific documentation to support the CVM’s claim that animals that have died otherwise than by slaughter do not pose a risk to the pets consuming them.

    The FDA did not respond.

    Given that pentobarbital is not used on animals meant to be consumed, would the FDA be opposed to mandatory labeling on pet food that states the product may contain rendered non-farm animals that may have been exposed to pentobarbital, or something similar?

    The FDA did not respond.

    Why has the FDA not fully complied with a Congressional directive from 2007 (after the deadly melamine scandal) to upgrade labeling and safety standards for pet food – providing consumers more transparency and assurance that pet food is safe?

    The FDA did not respond.

    In fact, the FDA initially told WJLA to get answers to their questions from the Pet Food Institute (trade association for Big Pet Feed); “they suggested we contact the Pet Food Institute”. Yes…a government agency charged with the responsibility to assure the safety of pet food told a television station to contact a pet food trade association for answers to questions about an adulterated pet food. In a follow up email from FDA, the agency changed their mind a bit stating “the FDA will investigate and take appropriate enforcement action“.

    “Appropriate enforcement action” would be a recall. We’ll have to wait to see if FDA will actually take action.

    Journalist Lisa Fletcher also had some questions for Gravy Train/Big Heart Brands (owned by Smucker’s)

    What safeguards does Smucker’s have in place to make sure adulterated ingredients and proteins from unknown sources do not get into its supply chain?

    Big Heart Brands/Smucker’s did not respond.

    Does Smucker’s test its ingredients? If yes, for what and how frequently?

    Big Heart Brands/Smucker’s did not respond.

    Since pentobarbital can never be used on animals intended for food, from where does Smuckers suspect the euthanasia drug may originate?

    Big Heart Brands/Smucker’s did not respond.

    Would Smucker’s support meaningful upgraded labeling standards that are more transparent so consumers actually know what’s in the food they’re buying for their pets?

    Big Heart Brands/Smucker’s did not respond.

    How will Smucker’s investigate our findings?


    Big Heart Brands/Smucker’s responded to this question with…

    Since we learned of this information, 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.

    No promise of cleaning up their pet food, no promise to investigate suppliers. Instead, Big Heart Brands/Smucker’s stated they will investigate the testing methods used by WJLA.



    When is this going to end FDA?
    In 2010, TruthaboutPetFood.com sent a ‘Citizen Petition’ to FDA requesting the agency enforce law with pet food. Four years later, the agency responded – stating they would keep utilizing their illegal Compliance Policies.

    In 2016, AssociationforTruthinPetFood.com sent FDA another Citizen Petition. This time we had the proof FDA has no authority to allow pet food to violate law – a Supreme Court ruling. Twenty seven months later – multiple recalls for pentobarbital contaminated pet food later – the FDA still has not responded. (The Citizen Petition remains on the Regulations.gov website – Regulations.gov. First document on the page is the petition.)

    Journalist Lisa Fletcher’s question to FDA – “Why has the FDA not fully complied with a Congressional directive from 2007 (after the deadly melamine scandal) to upgrade labeling and safety standards for pet food – providing consumers more transparency and assurance that pet food is safe?” – is a important question that FDA ignored. After the 2007 pet food recall, Congress wrote the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act. This Act (law) required that FDA update pet food labels (providing consumers with more information), and required that FDA establish standards of quality for every pet food ingredient. Congress required the work to be completed by September 2009. FDA has not completed this legally required work. FDA ignored Congress’s directive.

    In June of 2017, Dr. Karen Becker and myself traveled to Washington D.C. to meet with FDA proposing to the agency a simple resolve to the illegal pet food ingredients (animal feed ingredients) while giving consumers transparency. We proposed that all pet products that meet the requirements of food law be labeled as pet food; Cat Food, Dog Food. And that all pet products that do NOT meet the requirements of food law be labeled as pet feed; Cat Feed, Dog Feed. At the time, FDA was agreeable to the changes – they later changed their minds. (Our proposal was added to the Citizen Petition submitted in 2016 as an addendum. This link: Regulations.gov, second document is the Addendum.)

    It is beyond comprehension why FDA openly allows pet food to violate law, why FDA openly allows Big Pet Feed to make billions in profits each year selling adulterated pet feed to unknowing consumers. An organic apple farmer cannot make the claim ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ – but Big Pet Feed is allowed to claim “Made with Real Beef” when the pet food actually contains euthanized animals. It is beyond comprehension that Congress required FDA to complete significant pet food safety updates and FDA has ignored the deadline by 8 1/2 years.

    What IS it going to take FDA? How many pets have to die? I guess it will take a child dying before FDA enforces law with pet food. I guess they will wait (while billions and billions of profit is made on illegal products) until a child eats some contaminated pet food and dies. Then…maybe…they will start enforcing law.

    WJLA’s story included a phone number for consumers to contact FDA regarding this issue. FDA: 888-463-6332.

    If you are furious that this madness continues in pet food – call the FDA and tell them.

    Huge THANK YOU to journalist Lisa Fletcher and WJLA.



    Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

    Susan Thixton
    Pet Food Safety Advocate
    Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
    TruthaboutPetFood.com
    Association for Truth in Pet Food

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    Become a member of our pet food consumer Association. Association for Truth in Pet Food is a a stakeholder organization representing the voice of pet food consumers at AAFCO and with FDA. Your membership helps representatives attend meetings and voice consumer concerns with regulatory authorities. Click Here to learn more.

    What’s in Your Pet’s Food?
    Is your dog or cat eating risk ingredients? Chinese imports? Petsumer Report tells the ‘rest of the story’ on over 5,000 cat foods, dog foods, and pet treats. 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee. Click Here to preview Petsumer Report. www.PetsumerReport.com

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  2. MyBuddy

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    This just makes me sick! Pentobarbital? Pentobarbital! Seriously? seriously?? In your dog's food! :cus:Who allows that? I hope things like this get to be more and more known to the public so something is done. They've got to start regulating our pet food. That's insane, absolutely insane! okay I have to leave the room now and calm down. :timebomb:
     
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  3. GOD'S GRACE

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    Just another reason to feed raw or home made food....and not eat prepared people food too!
     
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  4. strykerdobe

    strykerdobe Hot Topics Subscriber

    Yes this is sad!

    The FDA lets lots of things slide that are against the law that goes in petfood.
     
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  5. GOD'S GRACE

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    Some food/drink producers love ethylene glycol another word for antifreeze
     
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  6. MyBuddy

    MyBuddy Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    :groan:

    Why? Just why??
     
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  7. Oh Little Oji

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    $
     
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  8. strykerdobe

    strykerdobe Hot Topics Subscriber

    Yes but more like!
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
     
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  9. Tropicalbri's

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    Mad, furious, sickening, negligent, PAID OFF!!!
    Just like the homeopathic drugs no longer being legal. PAID OFF!!!
     
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  10. strykerdobe

    strykerdobe Hot Topics Subscriber

    The FDA and other agencies are full of ex-lawyers, executives, board members of all these big Pharma companies.
     
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  11. Tropicalbri's

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    When all roads lead to one arena then you know that’s where the pot of gold resides and yes that is Big Pharma.
    Slowly killing people with their drugs that create more deadly side effects than the condition itself.
    Obviously they don’t care about killing humans as they peddle their drugs, which is evident everyday, so killing pets and not caring means nothing to them!

    Wish there was a way to make them go belly up, homeopathic treatments started to prove they could compete with Big Pharma with restored good health, then with the help of the FDA and $$$$ changing hands they were squashed by Big Pharma’s henchman. None other than the FDA.

    It’s not how loud your voice is or the number of loud voices that protest. It’s all about money and lots of it!
     
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  12. GOD'S GRACE

    GOD'S GRACE Notable member

    And folks think the Dems & the GOP run things...nope, big business runs it all....:)
     
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  13. Oh Little Oji

    Oh Little Oji Formerly Tad Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    How about a Million Dog March?
     
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  14. strykerdobe

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    All you have to do is follow the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
     
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  15. strykerdobe

    strykerdobe Hot Topics Subscriber

    I think the only drugs that cure are antibiotics! But these are causing resistant bacteria. 70-80% of antibiotics used are for farm use!!!
    All of the other drugs treat symptoms.
    Then there are vaccines! Which can prevent the disease, but are bad for the body!
     
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  16. Tropicalbri's

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    I wonder what it would take to organize something of this magnitude.

    It would be a pretty incredible sight!
     
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  17. GOD'S GRACE

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    Let's MARCH!.....What a sight! One Million dogs, taking a leak on the foot steps of Congress!
    :sign04::sign04::sign04:

    Nature has a way of healing and continuing good health....good food, rest and exercise = good health...
     
  18. Tropicalbri's

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    Time to build the Doberman Chariots and descend upon the powers that be. :D
     
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  19. MyBuddy

    MyBuddy Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    Sometimes it's hard to find the good food.
     
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  20. strykerdobe

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    Lawsuit Filed Against Big Heart Brand Gravy Train
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    Wasting no time, a class action lawsuit has been filed against Big Heart Brands pet food for “negligent misrepresentation” stating the dog food was “adulterated and contains pentobarbital”.
    http://truthaboutpetfood.com/lawsuit-filed-against-big-heart-brand-gravy-train/

    Lawsuit Filed Against Big Heart Brand Gravy Train
    By Susan Thixton
    - February 12, 2018

    Wasting no time, a class action lawsuit has been filed against Big Heart Brands pet food for “negligent misrepresentation” stating the dog food was “adulterated and contains pentobarbital”.

    The news story broke on a Washington D.C. television station Thursday February 8, 2018. The next day a lawsuit was filed; Friday February 9, 2018. The class action lawsuit is suing Big Heart Brands for “Negligent misrepresentation, Violations of the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act, Violations of the California False Advertising Law, Violations of the California Unfair Competition Law, and Breach of Implied Warranty.”

    WJLA News of Washington D.C. tested 62 samples of dog food; 15 from Big Heart Brands Gravy Train canned dog food. Nine of the fifteen cans of Gravy Train dog food tested positive for pentobarbital – a drug used to euthanize animals (commonly horses, cats and dogs).

    The class action lawsuit against Big Heart Brands Gravy Train cites numerous FDA statements regarding pentobarbital being found in Evanger’s pet food and cites years earlier testing performed by FDA finding pentobarbital in a large percentage of samples. The lawsuit states…

    “Despite its findings, the FDA has not aggressively taken action under FDCA, § 342 (a)(1) or (5), against the pet food companies that it found to have used nonslaughtered animals and contain pentobarbital in their pet foods. Therefore, manufacturers in the pet food industry, including Defendant, have continued their illegal practice of using non-slaughtered animals that may contain poisonous substances, like pentobarbital, in their pet foods. It is not acceptable to use animals euthanized with a chemical substance in pet food, and the detection of pentobarbital in pet food renders the product adulterated.”

    This is VERY true. Actually, because FDA has not aggressively enforced law – multiple recalls have occurred and an unknown number of pets have become ill, one pet died.

    More from the lawsuit…

    “Defendant wrongfully advertised and sold the Contaminated Dog Foods without any label or warning indicating to consumers that these products contained any level of Pentobarbital or that Defendant utilized animals that have been euthanized as a protein or meat by-product source.”

    Very true and very unfair to every single pet food consumer. Consumer advocates have repeatedly asked FDA to require warnings on pet food labels to alert consumers to the potential of inferior/waste/risky/illegal ingredients. FDA continues to deny consumer advocates requests.

    One last quote from the lawsuit…

    “Moreover, a reasonable consumer, such as Plaintiff and other members of the Class (as defined herein), would have no reason to expect and anticipate that the Contaminated Dog Foods are made up of anything other than pure ingredients from reputable suppliers and that quality is the top priority as promised by Defendant. Nondisclosure and concealment of any level of Pentobarbital or utilization of animals that have been euthanized as a protein or meat by-product source in the Contaminated Dog Foods coupled with the partial disclosures and/or misrepresentations that the food is pure, quality, healthy and safe by Defendant is intended to and does, in fact, cause consumers to purchase a product Plaintiff and Class members would not have bought if the true quality and ingredients were disclosed, including that the fact the Contaminated Dog Foods are adulterated. As a result of these false statements, omissions, and concealment, Defendant has generated substantial sales of the Contaminated Dog Foods.”

    And again – true. Because FDA has not aggressively enforced law – many pet food manufacturers continue to present “misrepresentations that the food is pure, quality, healthy and safe” while sourcing inferior and illegal ingredients.

    It has to be asked again…FDA, when is this going to end? When are you going to enforce law? How many pets have to suffer and die?

    To read the lawsuit against Big Heart Brands, Click Here.



    Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

    Susan Thixton
    Pet Food Safety Advocate
    Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
    TruthaboutPetFood.com
    Association for Truth in Pet Food

    [​IMG]
    Become a member of our pet food consumer Association. Association for Truth in Pet Food is a a stakeholder organization representing the voice of pet food consumers at AAFCO and with FDA. Your membership helps representatives attend meetings and voice consumer concerns with regulatory authorities. Click Here to learn more.

    What’s in Your Pet’s Food?
    Is your dog or cat eating risk ingredients? Chinese imports? Petsumer Report tells the ‘rest of the story’ on over 5,000 cat foods, dog foods, and pet treats. 30 Day Satisfaction Guarantee. Click Here to preview Petsumer Report. www.PetsumerReport.com

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    The 2018 List
    Susan’s List of trusted pet foods. Click Here to learn more.



    Have you read Buyer Beware? Click Here

    Cooking pet food made easy, Dinner PAWsible

    Find Healthy Pet Foods in Your Area Click Here
     
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