FDA: Don’t Let Pets Die From Tainted Food

Target: Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner of Food and Drugs

Goal: Demand the FDA raise their legal standards for pet foods.

Smuckers has been forced to recall their dog food brands after Gravy Train was discovered to contain the euthanasia drug pentobarbital. The investigation came about after a dog named Talula died of poisoning from the drug in 2016, and a report dating back to 2004 reveals that renderings of animals euthanized by the drug make their way into the ingredients for these foods.

The FDA is required to ensure that lethal drugs and poisons are kept out of food consumed by humans, but the same legal regulations do not apply to pet foods. Therefore, companies can get away with using potentially dangerous meats and byproducts as ingredients for dog food, such as dead farm and shelter animals injected with lethal drugs like pentobarbital.

This is unacceptable and should not be allowed to continue. The lives of pets are as important as those of humans; therefore, the standards of quality and safety should be just as high. Sign this petition to demand the FDA enforce stricter standards for the production of pet foods.


Dear Commissioner Gottlieb,

Following the death of a dog named Talula in 2016, an investigation turned up traces of euthanasia drug pentobarbital in 60 packages of Gravy Train dog food. A report from over 10 years ago revealed that the renderings of animals euthanized by this and other lethal drugs are part of the ingredients for many pet foods, which has continued to this day.

Your regulatory standards for pet foods are not as high as those for foods consumed by humans; therefore, companies get away with using low-quality and potentially dangerous ingredients in their brands. Smuckers is just one of several companies forced to recall their pet food brands after reports of animals who died after consuming them. You must enforce stricter standards for safety and quality concerning pet foods. The lives of pets are just as important as those of humans, and pets deserve safe, healthier foods.


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  1. Dog food is nothing but garbage! Never buy commercial dog food! Make your own, your friend is worth it!

    • Agree with you

    • Margaret Melnick says:

      I agree but by the same token places such as rescue places have so many animals they may be unable to have the time or resources to make that much food. They depend on donations of food to help feed these animals. There is no reason for the FDA not having stronger control of making sure pet food is safe. People should be able to purchase pet food and not have it kill their pet. HOLD FDA RESPONSIBLE. They MUST instill higher food standards and shut down places that don’t comply.

  2. Don’t forget that dogs have died in the past from treats sourced from China. Always be sure you know where your pet food company sources it’s ingredients. It can say made in the USA but still have ingredients from somewhere else. Many people spend thousands of dollars on their pets; some even consider them their “children”. And why not?! Our animal companions are there for us through good and bad, when we’re happy or sad. We love them their entire lives and mourn deeply when they die. We mean to feed them right but can be mislead by food companies and sometimes even by our vets who don’t always know about diets except from what the food companies tell them. Pet parents need to do their homework on pet foods. The FDA doesn’t even protect we humans from “bad” food.

  3. GEN AGUSTSSON says:

    stop poisoning food.

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