In 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.
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