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Evangers denied knowledge of horse meat despite its license

Even though the owners of Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Co. Inc. had a state license to process horse meat from Feb. 14, 2016, through Aug. 17, 2017, they denied any knowledge of how horse meat found its way into their products. The pet food company’s license application submitted to the Illinois Department of Agriculture described… Continue Reading

FDA investigates Smucker-owned Big Heart over pentobarbital

An investigation into pentobarbital adulteration in canned, wet pet food manufactured by Big Heart Pet Brands Inc. remains “open and ongoing” according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Big Heart is a wholly owned subsidiary of The J.M. Smucker Company Inc. On Feb. 16, FDA alerted pet owners to the possible… Continue Reading

Consumers’ cases against Gravy Train maker consolidated

A class action lawsuit was filed May 1 in Northern California against Big Heart Pet Brands Inc. on behalf of consumers and businesses who bought pentobarbital-contaminated dog food manufactured by the company. Big Heart is owned by the J.M. Smucker Co.  The lawsuit, referred to as a master consolidated complaint, consolidates four similar actions filed… Continue Reading

Smucker confirms euthanasia drug in popular dog food brands

Recall includes Gravy Train, Kibbles ’N Bits, Skippy, Ol’ Roy; FDA's investigation, testing ongoing

The FDA has posted notice of a voluntary recall by The J.M. Smucker Company Inc. of canned dog food after the company confirmed pentobarbital in tallow used to manufactured the affected products. In all, the recall covers more than 107 million cans of dog food in several flavors sold under the Gravy Train, Kibbles ’N Bits, Skippy… Continue Reading

Evanger’s proposes donating recalled pet food; FDA says no

The Food and Drug Administration has vetoed a proposal by Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food Co. to donate recalled pet food to animal shelters after conducting random spot-checks for the animal euthanasia drug pentobarbital. The proposal was revealed in a June 29 warning letter issued by FDA, and posted on its website Tuesday. The letter, addressed to… Continue Reading

Second class action suit filed in pentobarbital pet food scandal

Texas pet owner Wendy Black has initiated a complaint seeking class action status against Party Animal Inc. and Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Company, Inc. The suit, filed June 6 in the Superior Court for Los Angeles County’s Central District seeks damages “…on behalf of all persons who purchased Party Animal organic brand dog food… Continue Reading

Party Animal Inc. sues Evanger’s because of drug in dog food

Party Animal Inc. has filed suit in federal court against Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Co. Inc. because dog food Evanger’s produced for Party Animal was found to be contaminated with the animal euthanasia drug pentobarbital. The Food and Drug Administration confirmed the presence of the drug during testing after a consumer complaint. Two varieties… Continue Reading

More pentobarbital-contaminated dog food reported

Two varieties of Party Animal canned dog food may be contaminated with pentobarbital, according to a test report from Texas A&M University released this week. The report was provided to blogger Susan Thixton of Truth About Pet Food by a consumer who arranged for the testing after a family pet became ill. The consumer has not… Continue Reading