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Nutro and many other brands got busted with these euthanasia drugs in their food in the 90s, and the FDA cracked down dramatically. Things had been quiet on that front and it seems like everyone kind of took their eye of the ball and forgot about that episode in the 90s....until the Evanger's mess last year. And now this Gravy Train thing. Susan at the Truth About Pet Food website has been doing very good work on this issue.

Rendered meal ingredients have been the exposure source for this every time. The rendering plants seem to sometimes adulterate the meals they sell to pet food producers -- sometimes even throwing species into the rendering pot other than those put on the food labels. People used to say chicken meal was a "good" ingredient because it meant higher meat content. I don't think so anymore.

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I initially glossed over this one (I don't feed Gravy Train and don't really know anyone who does) until I read the entire article a friend just sent me.

Big Heart Brands is also the maker of Meow Mix, Milk Bone, Kibbles’n Bits, 9 Lives, Natural Balance, Pup-Peroni, Gravy Train, Nature’s Recipe, Canine Carry Outs, Milo’s Kitchen, Alley Cat, Jerky Treats, Meaty Bone, Pounce and Snausages.
Really disappointed in this. Our family's cattledog has done wonderfully on NB, after major issues with other foods. Time to change.
 

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Wow !... while switching to grain free... Natural Balance & Natures Recipe are two of the six brands I've tried. I would think considering what happened in the "90s AND the cost of some highly thought of dog food brands... they'd be manufacturing foods I wouldn't have to second guess....every time I put some in my dogs bowls. There sure is a very real need for a federal agency to 'police" the pet food industry --and nothing but pet food...... Thank You to the OP for this thread.
 

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So basically the food plants are rendering animals that have been euthanized using pentobarbital and it's making its way into the food. It violates federal law as it's not allowed to be used to euthanize any animal that's meant to be a food source but the levels aren't fatal.
 

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Has anyone come across any source that clearly states if this contamination is across both canned and dry food? The few articles I've read so far seem to imply that it's only wet canned foods that have been tested. Correct me if I'm wrong in thinking this is for what ever reason a wet canned food issue at present. Not that that makes it acceptable. It is not. In the article linked it states they tested "wet" food. Has anyone come across any reports of testing of dry food for this drug?
Dry kibble is much more popular than wet food in general. Wondering why no one is testing dry food?
 

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If you think about the FDA regulations and what is legally allowed in food, it's stunning. Add to that the foods that contain known carcinogenics, and you'll shake your head.

Think about it - many pet foods start with food that was rejected for human consumption, i.e. "feed grade" (FDA’s Compliance Policy “CPG Sec. 675.100 Diversion of Contaminated Food for Animal Use” - http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/ComplianceManuals/CompliancePolicyGuidanceManual/ucm074693.htm) because it is contaminated with rodent, roach, or bird excreta...", Compliance Policy “CPG Sec. 675.200 Diversion of Adulterated Food to Acceptable Animal Feed Use” - http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/ComplianceManuals/CompliancePolicyGuidanceManual/ucm074694.htm , and Compliance Policy “CPG Sec. 690.300 Canned Pet Food” states “Pet food consisting of material from diseased animals or animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter, which is in violation of 402(a)(5) will not ordinarily be actionable, if it is not otherwise in violation of the law. It will be considered fit for animal consumption.” - http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/ComplianceManuals/CompliancePolicyGuidanceManual/ucm074710.htm

It's awful the FDA is so flexible with what's allowed in pet foods.

I don't *think* these people are still in business, but I saved this from their website, ""We are the pet food manufacturers list. If you have chicken, fish, beef or even vegetables that you need to sell to a petfood manufacture save yourself the trouble and give us a call." If you are looking for a list of pet food manufacturers and you found us it’s more than likely because you have a product that HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) - http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/HACCP/) deems you can’t responsibly sell it for human consumption. Why destroy the product when you can sell it to the pet food manufacturers? You can spend all day making phone calls and sending email’s to various pet food manufacturers but trust me you will never have the years of contacts we have. We turn your trouble into revenue into $. Save yourself the trouble and your companies resources and give us a call and let us know exactly what kind of product you have, what temperature it was raised up to and what you are looking to salvage out of your spoiled food product and let us handle the rest for you. We are the pet food manufacturing resource list you have been looking for. More time than often we are able to get clients like yourself more than you are asking for. We usually charge a small fee of 8% to solve your problem. Source - https://web.archive.org/web/20150905063820/http://www.a1seafood.com/html/pet_food_manufacturers_list_.html

And here's another one of my favorites: "Many manufacturing companies rely on Midwest Ingredients, Inc. to find a place in the market for their waste stream." Source: Services - Midwest Ingredients

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So basically the food plants are rendering animals that have been euthanized using pentobarbital and it's making its way into the food. It violates federal law as it's not allowed to be used to euthanize any animal that's meant to be a food source but the levels aren't fatal.
That is very concerning. There are always people like to save money, I like to think this kind of thing is very rare.
 

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I help manage another newsgroup for dogs with members located all over the world.

One of our list member took these photos below. The first photo was taken as this truck passed them down the freeway. The second photos shows the same truck (if you look carefully through the fence) parked at a Purina Plant.

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I help manage another newsgroup for dogs with members located all over the world.

One of our list member took these photos below. The first photo was taken as this truck passed them down the freeway. The second photos shows the same truck (if you look carefully through the fence) parked at a Purina Plant.

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It does look very similar, though the photo leaves a lot of detail out that could confirm. Regardless, couldn't the truck be picking up inedible food to take elsewhere?
 

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Has anyone come across any source that clearly states if this contamination is across both canned and dry food? The few articles I've read so far seem to imply that it's only wet canned foods that have been tested. Correct me if I'm wrong in thinking this is for what ever reason a wet canned food issue at present. Not that that makes it acceptable. It is not. In the article linked it states they tested "wet" food. Has anyone come across any reports of testing of dry food for this drug?
Dry kibble is much more popular than wet food in general. Wondering why no one is testing dry food?
The offending food this time around was a Gravy Train formula in cans (wet).

One brand, Gravy Train, repeatedly came back positive for pentobarbital, according to the station. Out of the 15 cans tested, nine tested positive.
The greater problem is that they actually aren't testing any Natural Balance batches for pentobarbital..... wet or dry. I'm picking on NB because that's the one that affects me, but it is likely that other brands manufactured by the same parent company are the same.

It is possible that with increased pressure and many inquiries a company might add this test to their safety protocols, but at this point they aren't.
 

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It does look very similar, though the photo leaves a lot of detail out that could confirm. Regardless, couldn't the truck be picking up inedible food to take elsewhere?
It is a truck with that same verbiage; I can assure you. The image I've uploaded has been reduced in Photoshop simply to make the file size smaller. I have the original image and it IS the same type of truck.

You ask, "couldn't the truck be picking up inedible food to take elsewhere?". I suppose so, but given Purina's reputation based upon their track history of animal foods, let me just say that you are WAY more open-minded than Craig is!

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It is a truck with that same verbiage; I can assure you. The image I've uploaded has been reduced in Photoshop simply to make the file size smaller. I have the original image and it IS the same type of truck.

You ask, "couldn't the truck be picking up inedible food to take elsewhere?". I suppose so, but given Purina's reputation based upon their track history of animal foods, let me just say that you are WAY more open-minded than Craig is!

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I hear ya. The image you uploaded doesn't show that level of detail in the verbiage, at least not within the webpage.
 

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This is from the dog food we've used from day one, created by a vet that practiced in our town. Neither of our girls have ever had any dietary issues.
The founding philosophy behind our formulas is what Dr. Gary Cotton, Founder of Best Breed, calls “Common Sense Nutrition.” Common Sense Nutrition means we disregard the usual marketing and cost control techniques often used by the larger conglomerate-type pet food companies and simply develop the healthiest all-natural dog and cat foods possible.

Best Breed is committed to producing the safest and freshest pet foods possible. As a smaller, privately-held company, we are able to implement tighter quality controls and shorter lead times to ensure that only the finest and freshest ingredients are used. Best Breed pays a premium to source U.S.or Canadian-grown non-GMO grains and low-ash meats from accredited U.S.-based suppliers. Further, all diets are made in the U.S., in facilities that are both European Union approved and regularly inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Lastly, ingredients are tested as they arrive at the plant by our in-house lab and recorded for traceability. Ingredients are then tracked as they are being used for production and with one date code we can know which batch of ingredients were used in a particular bag of food. All ingredients used our formulas are EU-approved, which means if an ingredient is not good enough for you to eat, it absolutely can not be used in our food. Learn More About EU-approved Ingredients
 

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I'm surprised this doesn't happen more often. People want animals to be treated humanely and what's the most humane way to dispatch an animal...drugs. That's how we put our dogs down. People would be up in arms if they learned that cows and pig's throats were slit or chicken's heads were cut off to give us the food that we feed our pets. I'd be interested in knowing how this whole problem is fixed by the industry.
 
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