Nestle Purina Hit with Class Action Lawsuit Over Beneful Dog Food

Purina-Beneful-Beneful-Dog-FoodIn an action that many pet parents and I have been expecting for quite some time – and is long overdue – a dog parent from California has filed a class action lawsuit against Nestle Purina Petcare Company, alleging that this food contains toxic chemicals that can potentially kill dogs.

The plaintiff Frank Lucido, who had owned three dogs, filed the suit in California federal court on Feb. 5. His German shepherd and Labrador both became violently ill shortly after Lucido began feeding them Beneful dog food, and then his English bulldog died. Lucido and his wife discovered the dog’s body in their yard.

The dogs’ veterinarian determined that their symptoms were consistent with poisoning, which is not surprising, since Beneful reportedly contains propylene glycol, a component used in anti-freeze.

Beneful also contains mycotoxins, toxins-producing fungi that occur in grains, which are the primary ingredients in Beneful.

Sadly, the FDA has taken no action whatsoever, despite receiving more than 3,000 complaints from pet owners claiming that their dogs were sickened or died after consuming Beneful.

According to an article on the website Top Class Actions, Lucido is looking to represent two classes – a nationwide class and a California subclass for dog owners “who purchased Beneful dog food in the past four years and who incurred any out of pocket costs due to illness, injury or death of their dog resulting from the ingestion of Beneful.”

The class action lawsuit is charging Nestle Purina with breach of implied warranty, breach of express warranty, negligence, negligent misrepresentation, strict products liability, violating California’s consumer legal remedies act, violating California’s Unfair Competition Law, and violating California’s False Advertising Law.

I received many complaints about this food from readers when I was managing my website for people in the pet industry, and I have written about the dangers of this food on a number of occasions.

I said before, and I will say it again: Please do not feed this food or any others that contain similar ingredients to your pets, ever.

If you have any insights, thoughts or need more info, please post in the comments section below.

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One thought on “Nestle Purina Hit with Class Action Lawsuit Over Beneful Dog Food

  1. Firstly, THANK you so much for helping to get this lawsuit out to a wider audience. The group “Is BENEFUL by Purina KILLING or SICKENING Dogs? Post YOUR Story!” was started by me in 2013 after I heard reports of dogs dying from Beneful.

    Two years later, we have 4,000 members whose dogs have sickened or, even worse, DIED, from this terrible “food”. And not just dogs .. we now have a good contingent of cat owners whose cats have died from Purina food.. hemorrhage, seizures, rapid onset of liver disease, kidney failure.

    Here is a VERY recent case, posted just a few days ago. Watch it and be horrified!

    These two labs – the owners are, I THINK, in Oregon – were two of the lucky ones. Both dogs started seizing within an hour of receving a SINGLE Benefel Healthy Smile treat. The owners could hardly believe it so when the dogs recovered, they did it again.. same result. They are now submitting reports to both the FDA and the US Department of Agriculture.

    Cassandra Angelique JUST joined our group. With her partner, Mike Garnett, she was able to record what happened after the dogs received those treats.

    Cassandra Angelique’s dog – comatose after eating just ONE Beneful Healthy Smile Treat. The other puppy was staggering around. This pup is also 8 months old AND they repeated the “experiment” just to make sure it was the treats

    POISONED! Seizures after ONE Beneful Healthy Smile Treat – in BOTH 8 month old pups!!

    Like Purina’s killer toxic jerky treats (18% Propylene Glycol), BENEFUL is 1% Propylene Glycol; the FDA has been warning about contaminated PG from China since 2011, but there are NO tests to check for the suspected toxins, and only maybe 1% of imported raw ANYTHING ever gets tested.. a drum of INDUSTRIAL GRADE PG was found by the FDA in one of the Chinese jerky treat plants but the FDA were not allowed to remove it or test it.

    On that basis, ANY oils have the potential to be industrial grade and contaminated.. including Sorbitol (used in some Beneful lines) and Glycerin (used extensively in both cat and dog food and treats). AVOID AT THE RISK OF POISONING YOUR PETS!

    Other issues are potentially lethal mycotoxins from molds – Corn, Soy, Wheat can all be easily contaminated with excess moisture during harvest, storage, and even after the food is packed.

    Beneful, Dog Chow, Friskies, Cat Chow, Meow Mix, should NEVER be fed to your pets.. it is like playing Russiam Roullette with your pet’s life!

    We have recovered numerous dogs from the brink of death in some cases using an established protocol of easily available ingredients. Many other animals who have been sick for years, have regained their puppyhood. Details in the group – Liquid Milk Thistle Extract, Home-made Chicken Broth, Coconut Oil and Life Extension Super Biocurcumin.. followed by a progression to a grain and potato free canned and/or dry, and/or raw or home-made diet. I have prepared extensive files on grain and potato free canned and dry foods for dogs and cats for all budgets for the group.

    Oh, and before you pat yourself on the back for not feeding Beneful we hold the same disdain for not just ALL Purina foods, but Hill’s Ol’ Roy, IAMS, Royal Canin, Ehkanuba, including those terrible “Prescription” foods.. also Nutro, Kibbles n Bits, Kit n Kaboodle.. I assure you this would be a VERY long list if I mentioned them all!

    We already called the attorneys and they told us that ANYONE in thye US who has had ANY issue with Nestle-Purina’s Beneful causing illness or death is highly encouraged to phone the team handling the Class Action Lawsuit at: 877-667-4265. They will conduct a phone interview no matter where you are. So CALL – participation will not cost you a dime!

    Please join us for further information! As you can imagine, we are getting VERY busy with the new arrivals!


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