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FDA reclassifies J.M. Smucker Co. Pet Food Withdrawal as a Recall

The FDA has informed J.M. Smucker that the firm’s previous action to withdraw products from the marketplace is now reclassified as a recall. But…the recall notice is NOT published on the FDA website.

After Washington D.C. television station WJLA’s investigation into pet food discovered the euthanizing drug pentobarbital in multiple cans of Gravy Train dog food, parent company J.M. Smucker issued a withdrawal of multiple brands of dog food; withdrawal dated 2/16/18. A pet food “withdrawal” is different from a recall.

A ‘Market Withdrawal’ is defined by FDA as: “Market withdrawal means a firm’s removal or correction of a distributed product which involves a minor violation that would not be subject to legal action by the FDA.”

A ‘Recall’ is defined by FDA as: “Recall means a firm’s removal or correction of a marketed product that the FDA considers to be in violation of the laws it administers and against which the agency would initiate legal action, e.g., seizure.”

(Note: the above definitions were obtained from the FDA website – under the category of “Devices”. No definitions were found within the Animal & Veterinary category. The definitions would apply to pet food as well as ‘Devices’.)

On the same date as the J.M. Smucker pet food withdrawal (2/16/18), FDA posted an “Alert” on the agency website informing consumers of the pet food withdrawal. This FDA alert notified consumers to the multiple products being ‘withdrawn’ from market by the pet food manufacturer.

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Re: FDA reclassifies J.M. Smucker Co. Pet Food Withdrawal as a Recall
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2018, 01:29:38 PM »
Here is a list of the recalled items:


What Happens to a Pet That Eats Pet Food Containing Pentobarbital?

Pets that eat pet food containing pentobarbital can experience drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner) and inability to stand. Consuming high levels of pentobarbital can cause coma and death. However, pentobarbital present in the withdrawn products is at a low level unlikely to pose a health risk to pets.
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