Purina Beneful dog food lawsuit!


More than 3,000 online complaints have been filed by dog-owners claiming Purina Petcare Beneful’s dry “kibble” variety is killing and hurting dogs, according to the class action lawsuit filed Feb. 5 in federal court.

The brand is still on store shelves in the Tri-State and has not been recalled.

This class action suit concerns “kibble” dry food, which includes:

  • “Purina Beneful Health Weight”
  • “Purina Beneful Original”
  • “Purina Beneful Incredibites”
  • “Purina Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies”
  • “Purina Beneful Healthy Smile”
  • “Purina Beneful Health Fiesta”
  • “Purina Beneful Healthy Raidance”
  • “Purina Beneful Playful Life”

The packaging used for these foods make the following claims, according to the lawsuit:

  • “Satisfaction Guaranteed. If you’re not happy, we’re not happy. Complete satisfaction or your money back…”
  • “At Purina, we’re unconditionally devoted to pets. We’ve dedicated over 80 years to developing the high-quality products that satisfy the needs of dogs and cats.”
  • “100% Complete and Balanced Nutrition”
  • Yes, dogs can have it all — and should! How? A special blend of wholesome ingredients, including grains, real beef, and accents of vitamin-rich veggies! It gives dogs the complete nutrition they need and a taste they love.” (Beneful Original)
  • “Made with wholesome rice, real chicken, soy, and accented with veggies and apples, it has the complete nutrition adult dogs need…” (Beneful Healthy Weight)
  • “With real chicken, wholesome rice, and accents of vitamin-rich veggies, it has the complete nutrition puppies need…” (Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies)
  • “When your puppy is grown, Beneful has so many delicious ways to help keep him healthy and happy.” (Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies)

The lawsuit lists stomach and related internal bleeding, liver malfunction or failure, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, weight loss, seizures, bloat and kidney failure as symptoms consistently reported by dog-owners feeding their dogs Beneful, which is owned by Nestlé Purina Petcare Company.

The AVMA’s statement regarding this lawsuit: http://atwork.avma.org/2015/02/25/statement-about-beneful-class-action-lawsuit/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socmed&utm_campaign=gen

We’re aware of the class action lawsuit filed against Purina, but we do not have any additional information about the cases that may be involved. We’re not aware of any recalls of Beneful products, and have no records of Beneful recalls since we began tracking pet food and pet treat recalls in 2007. Purina has an FAQ on their website that addresses some common questions about Beneful.

Any pet owner or veterinarian who feels that a pet food or pet treat has made a pet ill should report the case to the manufacturer and to the FDA. Purina has provided the following numbers for those who may have questions:

  • For veterinarians: 800-222-8387
  • For pet owners: 800-778-7462

To report an adverse event associated with pet food, you can submit a report to the FDA at www.safetyreporting.hhs.gov.

For more information about the FDA’s role in pet food regulation, visit http://www.fda.gov/cvm/petfoods.htm.

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