Dog food brands from J.M. Smucker Co. (SJM) were forced to announce a recall by the Food and Drug Administration after tests showed the presence of a potentially fatal sedative.
Pentobarbital was found by the FDA in certain canned dog foods made by Smucker, prompting the company to recall the products.
Pentobarbital is a barbiturate drug that is most commonly used as a sedative, anesthetic or agent for euthanasia. The FDA's tests determined that the levels of the drug found in the dog food were low enough that animals would not be harmed from ingesting the food.
However, the detection of the drug is a violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, which led to the decision.
Pets that ingest the contaminated food could experience drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, nystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner) and the inability to stand.
Shares of J.M. Smucker traded down slightly on Tuesday's session.