Smuckers Subsidiary Sued Over Drug in Dog Food

March 27, 2018

A New York dog owner filed a putative class action in federal court on Friday against the Smucker’s-owned company that make Kibbles ‘n Bits dog food, claiming the food was falsely touted as safe even though it was contaminated with a drug used to euthanize animals.

In her complaint, Rosmarie Schirripa said despite statements from J.M. Smucker Co. subsidiary Big Heart Pet Brands Inc. touting the safety and quality of its products, tests last month found pentobarbital in samples of Big Heart’s Kibbles ‘n Bits canned dog food.

Pentobarbital is routinely used to euthanize animals, both domestic pets and livestock, and survives the rendering process, she said.

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