Some pet owners are saying a dry dog food called Beneful produced by Nestle Purina PetCare has resulted in serious illness and death in thousands of dogs.
According to CNN, the lawsuit claims Beneful dog food has caused internal bleeding, bloat, liver failure, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, kidney failure and weight loss in dogs.
The class action lawsuit was filed Feb. 5 in U.S. District Court in Northern California and seeks $5 million in damages, according to CNN.
“The named plaintiff in the suit describes how one of his dogs died after eating Beneful and two of his dogs got sick,” CNN said.
Beneful defends its food and says the lawsuit is “baseless.”
Beneful posted this update to its Facebook page Feb. 25:
A class action lawsuit was recently filed against Beneful. We believe this lawsuit to be baseless and intend to vigorously defend our high quality, nutritious food, which is backed by Purina’s strict quality controls and comprehensive food safety program. Beneful is enjoyed by millions of dogs every day and consumers can continue to feed Beneful with total confidence. We encourage you to reach us with any questions at 1-800-877-7551 …
The plaintiff is Frank Lucido of Discovery Bay, Calif., and the lawsuit says he first purchased Beneful’s food in December or January, CNN said. According to the lawsuit, Lucido’s German shepherd became ill Jan. 17, and his English bulldog was found dead Jan. 23 in the yard. His third dog became sick around the same time.
In the past four years, consumers have made more than 3,000 online complaints about dogs becoming ill or dying after eating Beneful, the lawsuit says.
Bill Salzman, director of corporate communications for Nestle Purina PetCare, 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.”
What do you guys think of this lawsuit?
I’d like to know your thoughts on this as pet owners. Are any of you feeding Beneful?
I do not feed my pets Beneful, but my opinion is you are probably OK to continue feeding Beneful if that’s what you’ve been feeding all along, but make sure to do your own research and know there are thousands of online complaints about the food. (Thousands of pet owners are also feeding this food with, I assume, no issues.)
I would watch your dogs closely for any signs of illness, as we should all do with any food. I would also encourage you to feed the highest-quality food you can afford.
I take these complaints about Beneful far more seriously than I took the complaints about Kirkland’s dog food making pets sick. The rumor about Kirkland’s food was started by one man who claimed the food killed his mastiff earlier this year. He later changed his story and said Kirkland food did not kill his dog.