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Pet Food Recall Not Quite Yet

Pet Food Recall,
Not Yet—But Be Careful

Keith Somers, Editor
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WTW5 –  Cincinnati, February 25, 2015

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Nestle Purina Petcare Company, alleging that some Purina Beneful dog foods include substances capable of killing dogs.  There has been no pet food recall as of today.

The suit claims more than 3,000 people have reported that their dogs became seriously ill and/or died after eating Purina Beneful, and some pet owners have incurred extensive veterinary bills to have their dogs tested and treated for illnesses.

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The lawsuit was filed by Frank Lucido on Feb. 5 in Contra Costa County, California. It alleges that the following dry “kibble” dog foods are sickening and killing dogs:

  • Purina Beneful Healthy Weight
  • Purina Beneful Original
  • Purina Beneful Incredibites
  • Purina Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies
  • Purina Beneful Healthy Smile
  • Purina Beneful Healthy Fiesta
  • Purina Beneful Healthy Radiance
  • Purina Beneful Playful Life

The suit claims the pet foods contain substances that are toxic to animals, including propylene glycol, an antifreeze component and known animal toxin that is poisonous to cats and dogs.

According to the lawsuit, Nestle knew or should have known that the Food and Drug Administration has prohibited propylene glycol from being used in cat foods.

The suit also claims the food contains mycotoxins, a group of toxins that are produced by fungus that occurs in grains. Mycotoxins are a significant health risk to dogs, the suit says. In the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleges that dangerous levels of mycotoxins have been found during testing conducted on Purina Beneful Original.

Pet Food Recall,
Here’s the Skinny

The consumer complaints show “consistent symptoms, including stomach and related internal bleeding, liver malfunction or failure, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, weight loss, seizures, bloating, and kidney failure,” the lawsuit claims.

In many cases, pet owners claimed their dogs showed symptoms prior to these diagnoses, including lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, weight loss, seizures and bloating.

The class action lawsuit invites pet owners who have fed their dogs and cats Beneful brands between 2011 and 2015 to join. It asks for a jury to hear the case and award $5 million in damages.   Still no pet food recall!

Bill Salzman, director of corporate communications for Nestle Purina PetCare, has issued a statement denying the allegations in the lawsuit.

“We believe the lawsuit is baseless, and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves and our brand. Beneful had two previous class action suits filed in recent years with similar baseless allegations, and both were dismissed by the courts.

“Like other pet foods, Beneful is occasionally the subject of social media-driven misinformation. Online postings often contain false, unsupported and misleading allegations that cause undue concern and confusion for our Beneful customers.

“Bottom line: Consumers can continue to feed Beneful with total confidence.”

USA Today, March 2, 2015  –  2nd Class Action Suit Filed Today

The new filing is asking that Purina pay Lucido and other members of the class action lawsuit unspecified actual, statutory and punitive damages and restitution.

We inform—you resolve!

NBC News, February 24, 2015

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/lawsuit-claims-purinas-beneful-poisoning-killing-dogs-n312176

ABC News. February 25, 2015

http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/national/lawsuit-purina-beneful-dog-food-may-be-killing-dogs

USA Today, March 2, 2015/2nd Class Action Suit

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/02/25/lawsuit-claims-purina-dog-food-killing-dogs/23991779/

 

pet food recallHere is how you can help.

1.   Push the agencies that can do something about this potential pet food recall.   Get involved by contacting the following organizations:

2.   At a minimum, inform your friends and fellow pet owners to be very careful of what they feed by carefully checking the ingredients list on the package.

3.   Finally, take a look at a company that has never had a pet food recall in 16 years, since the inception of the company, for any reason—and it’s shipped fresh to your door in less than 6 weeks from the Life’s Abundance facility in Florida.

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Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products,
 the Healthy PetNet Foundation, and
a Member of the Healthy Pet Challenge Team

Pet Food Recalls, 2015

Pet Food Recalls
Up-To-Date & DANGEROUS

Keith Somers,  Editor
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Pet food recalls are actions taken to remove a product from the market and may be seen as three types:

  1.   A voluntary withdrawal of a product done by the company;
  2.   Request made by the Food and Drug Administration; or
  3.   By an FDA order under statutory authority.pet food recall

Pet Food Recalls
Last 8 Months

Here is a list of the known pet food recalls for the last 8 months including January 2015. There are links for each one so that you can check out the details.

Pet Food Recalls
Why Chance It?

If you want to learn about great pet food, we’re glad you found us. Life’s Abundance is holistically balanced and provides the nutritional harmony that’s important to help your dog or cat achieve and maintain optimal health.

  • Natural pet food recipe that cats & dogs really crave
  • High-quality ingredients provide nutritious meals
  • “Fast-cook” at low temperature bumps up nutrition
  • Strict inventory controls ensure quality and safety
  • Fresher than other brands, only 4-to-6 weeks old
  • Holistically balanced for your pet’s optimal health
  • Feed less & provide better nourishment
  • Developed to improve health and longevity

This is why Life’s Abundance Pet Food
HAS NEVER BEEN RECALLED
since the founding of the company
in 1999, sixteen years ago.

 

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 Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products
and a Team Member of the Healthy PetNet Foundation

Stolen War Dog Reunited With Soldier

Stolen War Dog Story
Began in Afghanistan

by Keith Somers,
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Days after it was discovered, the stolen war dog story went national.  This brought to light the military’s wrongful, 16-month-long separation of the two, injured Army Spc. Brent Grommet and his war dog, Matty.  They were finally reunited last Friday, November 14, 2014.

“I’m about the happiest I’ve ever been,” Brent, 23, told reporters.

Brent and Matty, who specialized in detecting IEDs, were injured when one exploded near them in Afghanistan.  Brent came back to the United States, separated from his military dog by the army, in July of 2013.   It would be more than a year before he would see his dog again.   Meanwhile, Brent suffered with PTSD, traumatic brain injury, migraines, severe chronic back pain and breathing problems.  He also missed his dog.

Brent Grommet and Matty, lower right, with their crew in Afghanistan.
Brent Grommet and Matty, lower right, with their crew in Afghanistan.

Under Robby’s Law, signed by President Clinton in 2000, military dog handlers have the first right to adopt their animals if injured together.
While Grommet was in the hospital, he filed papers to adopt Matty, and had it approved.  But then for reasons still unclear, the army allowed someone else to adopt the dog.   Then to make matters worse, the service man in charge of military dog adoptions, ignored Brent’s repeated pleas, refusing to divulge where Matty was or to help with the return of his stolen war dog.

Stolen War Dog,
Story Ends Happily

It was when Fox News did a live interview with Brent Grommet’s father last Thursday night, that everything seemed to turn in Brent and Matty’s favor.  North Carolina congressman, Richard Hudson, who had heard about the story earlier in the week, helped to find the dog in South Carolina.

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Spc. Brent Grommet was reunited with Matty, his U.S. Army trained German Shepherd, after being separated for more than a year.                                                                      — Photo: Robin Rayne Nelson

On Friday, Brent and his parents, Don and Debbie Grommet, drove 17 hours from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to South Carolina, where Matty had been living since 2013.  When Brent got out of the car, he walked toward the kennel where Matty was, wondering if the dog would remember him.

Of course Matty did.

When the kennel door was opened the dog ran as fast as he could to Brent, who had called his name.  He said, “Matty jumped all over me and about tackled me to the ground . . . I couldn’t have asked for a better response.  I knew then that he remembered me, and truly wanted to be with me!”

Brent gets out of the army in two months, but is trying to arrange it so Matty can live with him on base at Fort Campbell, until his army service ends.

The stolen war dog story is nearly over—happily!

 

Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products
and the Healthy PetNet Foundation

 

 

 

 

 

Scent Detection Dogs Are Amazing

Scent Detection Dogs
Important To Service Dog Industry

by Keith Somers,
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Scent detection dogs are the focal point of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center.   The center opened on September 11, 2012, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  It is the nation’s premier research and educational facility dedicated to harnessing the unique strengths of canine partners.  Their goal is to produce an elite group of scent-detection dogs for public safety and health.  Dogs in the program are named in honor of individuals who lost their lives on 9/11 and canine heroes who served following the attacks.
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Morgan, a Yellow Lab, in training for Narcotic Detection, New Jersey State Police K-9 Unit

Scent Detection Dogs
Are Core of PVWDC Research & Training

The Penn Vet Working Dog Center:
  • Serves as a consortium to unite programs that employ detection            dogs to benefit society throughout the US and around the               world;
  • Collects and analyzes genetic, behavioral and physical data.   It                 integrates the latest scientific information in order to
    optimize the success and well-being of scent detection dogs;
  • Prepares for future demands and facilitates research by
    developing a detection dog breeding/training program that
    will implement, test, and disseminate the knowledge gained.
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Thunder, a Chocolate Lab in training for New Jersey Task Force One, Advanced Rescue Team
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Bretagne, a Golden Retriever with her namesake from NYC 9/11

 

Keith Somers
is a registered Executive Independent Field Representative
of Life’s Abundance products
and the Healthy PetNet Foundation