Brands Brief: Dog Food Brands Recalled Over Concerns About Euthanasia Drug

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  • The J.M. Smucker Co. is recalling some shipments of canned dog food after a local Washington, D.C., television station found traces of a euthanasia drug in the company’s Gravy Train cans. Smucker, which is withdrawing some shipments of Gravy Train, Kibble ’N Bits, Skippy and Ol’ Roy brands, said it is investigating how pentobarbital got into the supply chain, and it cited experts who said the low levels of the drug do not pose a threat to pets. (The Associated Press)
  • The Federal Communications Commission’s internal watchdog is investigating whether federal regulators, including FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, improperly pushed for rule changes that helped Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. purchase Tribune Media Co. in 2017, according Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and two congressional aides. Pai’s office and Sinclair declined to comment on the investigation, which reportedly began last year. (The New York Times)

  • Inc., Alphabet Inc.’s YouTube and Twitter Inc. are all courting the National Football League for streaming rights to “Thursday Night Football,” according to people with knowledge of the matter. The NFL hopes to bring in younger audiences by offering interactive streams that feature social media commentary and statistics, the sources said. (Bloomberg)

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Dog food is withdrawn over concerns about euthanasia drug
The Associated Press

The J.M. Smucker Co. is withdrawing some shipments of dog food amid reports that it could be tainted with traces of a drug used to euthanize animals. The company said Thursday it is pulling back shipments of several varieties of wet canned Gravy Train , Kibble ’N Bits , Skippy and Ol’ Roy brands.

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