I am ABC 7 investigative reporter Lisa Fletcher. I broke the story about a euthanasia drug being found in some pet food. AMA!
Hi, everyone. I am Lisa Fletcher, an investigative reporter for ABC 7 in Washington, D.C. Earlier this year, I broke the story about the drug pentobarbital being found in some pet food. Pentobarbital is most commonly used to euthanize dogs, cats and some horses.
During our investigation, we worked with an analytical lab that specializes in testing food for contaminants. After months of tests and re-tests, one brand repeatedly came back positive for pentobarbital. That brand was Gravy Train, which is made by Big Heart Pet Foods and owned by Smucker’s.
Our story prompted an FDA investigation and resulted in more than 100 million cans of pet food being recalled. Ultimately, four brands made by Big Heart/Smuckers — Kibbles'n Bits, Gravy Train, Skippy and Ol' Roy — were pulled from shelves.
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