Kibbles ‘n Bits Allegedly Contains Euthanizing Substance

March 30, 2018

Source: Legal Newsline

New York consumer claims that the manufacturers of Kibbles 'n Bits dog food failed to disclose the food allegedly contains a substance "largely used to euthanize animals." According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges the defendants' Kibbles 'n Bits dog food contains pentobarbital, "a barbiturate drug used as a sedative and anesthetic for animals. Pentobarbital is now most commonly used to euthanizing dogs and cats." "Pentobarbital is routinely used to euthanize animals, and the most likely way it could get into dog food would be in rendered animal products. Rendered products come from a process that converts animal tissues to feed ingredients, including tissues from animals that have been euthanized, decomposed or were diseased. Pentobarbital from euthanized animals survives the rendering process and could be present in the rendered feed ingredients used in pet food," the suit states. The plaintiff holds Big Heart Pet Brands Inc. and The J.M. Smucker Co. responsible because the defendants allegedly wrongfully advertised and sold the dog food without any labels or warnings that it contained any levels of pentobarbital. The plaintiff cites an "independent, seven-month investigation" that determined Kibbles 'n Bits tested positive for pentobarbital.

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