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.

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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.

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Keith Somers
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of Life’s Abundance products,
 the Healthy PetNet Foundation, and
a Member of the Healthy Pet Challenge Team