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. It’s all about making a buck and not the safety of our pets. The FDA needs to step up to the plate and enforce stricter standards for the production of pet food. They don’t care they don’t have to eat it.

  2. The FDA is about useless in any capacity! They don’t seem to care what goes into our pet’s food. It makes you afraid to feed your pet anything! You can’t trust anyone.

  3. Maureen Garney says:

    W T H?

  4. Get rid of the currant crop of assholes at the FDA and get some people in there that care about animals. Oh, and put the owners of the dog food companies in prison and serve them the same dog food that they sold to the public for their dogs.I’m curious if they would eat the dog food they made or would they just starve themselves to death because they refused to eat it. Either way it would be a win/win for the public.


  6. Cheap, crappy, unhealthy, toxin-infested pet food has been the NORM for ages now. “Food Pets Die For” should be mandatory reading for ALL animal guardians.

    The FDA will never care to make it safe for animals, as they don’t even care about human safety. Research into & make your own homemade pet food instead of buying all this unsafe garbage, most of which is a shocking 50% SUGAR anyway!

  7. Exactly as JJ indicated above “make the bastards eat it”. And DM you are correct the FDA does not care . . .

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