Thought you would find this interesting. Beneful likes to glitz up their bags so people feel the food is healthy. They now have REAL meat (Is it really necessary to put the word REAL in front of chicken, beef, etc?). Here is what happened with the recent lawsuit -
Purina Beneful sick dog lawsuit lacked proof said judge
A federal judge in California ruled that the lawsuit failed to prove the product was unsafe.
Nestle Purina PetCare will not face a class action lawsuit over allegations that the company’s Beneful dry food sickened dogs, reported Law 360. On November 10, a California federal judge ruled that the proposed lawsuit failed to prove the product was unsafe.
History of Beneful class action law suit
On February 4, 2015, a California man filed a class action lawsuit against Purina, reported Petfood Industry. The lawsuit alleged negligence, misrepresentation, product liability and unfair business practices. The plaintiff sought more than US$5 million in damages, plus costs and fees.
The plaintiff, Frank Lucido claimed that Purina’s Beneful dog food injured his three dogs. Lucido said two of his dogs suffered and one of his dogs died after ingesting Beneful beginning January 15, 2015.
However, the dog that passed away, Dozer, was later determined to have died from a heart tumor, according to Wendy Vlieks, director of corporate public relations for Purina. The dog's death was dropped from the allegations.
Lucido claimed Purina added propylene glycol to Beneful. Propylene glycol is used in non-toxic antifreeze, food, beverages, medicines, e-cigarettes and other consumer goods.
"It is important not to confuse propylene glycol with ethylene glycol, which is the toxic substance used in conventional antifreeze," said Vlieks.
The class action lawsuit against Purina claimed that the company had received more than 3,000 online complaints about their food making dogs sick throughout the past four years. In some cases, the dogs reportedly suffered internal bleeding, weight loss, dehydration and other symptoms.
Purina’s response to allegations
On their website, the company responded to the class action lawsuit against Purina. The company announced that they stand by their product, and said of the potential litigation:
“Unfortunately, class action suits are common these days. They are not indicative of a product issue. In fact, we've faced two such suits in the past with similar allegations. Both were found to be baseless and were subsequently dismissed by the courts.
“Adding to the confusion, social media outlets can be a source of false or incomplete information, as many other pet food brands have experienced themselves.”
In August 2016, Purina released a revamped recipe for their Beneful dry food. Meat now is the first ingredient in chicken and beef varieties. Added sugar has been removed from all recipes.
According to the company, the Beneful’s recipes now include 22 grams or more of protein per cup. The dog food also includes vegetables and fruits, like spinach, peas, carrots and apples.
I looked up their info and thought you would find this informative. I guess that is why they say GOOD ingredients because they certainly can't say EXCELLENT. What they really should be saying is POOR. It just makes me cringe and then to make sure you add all those nasty colors to top it off -
Good ingredients is what you'll find at the heart of our Originals With Real Chicken recipe. We take our #1 ingredient, real farm-raised chicken, and blend it to perfection with whole grains and accents of vegetables. It’s 100% nutrition with a taste your adult dog will love.
Chicken, whole grain corn, barley, rice, chicken by-product meal, whole grain wheat, corn gluten meal, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols, soybean meal, oat meal, poultry by-product meal, glycerin, egg and chicken flavor, mono and dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, salt, potassium chloride, poultry and pork digest, avocado, dried carrots, dried tomatoes, MINERALS [zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], VITAMINS [Vitamin E supplement, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement (Vitamin B-2), menadione sodium bisulfite (Vitamin K), folic acid, biotin], choline chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2, garlic oil, Yellow 6.