The Purina lawsuit in regard to Purina Beneful dog food is gaining momentum and many dog owners want to know what toxins were specifically found in Purina’s Beneful dog food, what the symptoms are, and how they can join the lawsuit. More than 3,000 online complaints have been filed by dog owners who have reported that Purina Petcare Beneful’s dry “kibble” variety is killing and hurting dogs, reports San Diego’s 10News on Feb. 25.
The class action lawsuit against Purina was filed on Feb. 5 in federal court. Attorney James Young, of Morgan & Morgan out of Tampa, Fla., is one of the lawyers filing the suit.
“We received hundreds of complaints. Nationally, there have been thousands of complaints about dogs who have eaten this dog food by Purina Beneful and suffered very serious side effects, including death.”
The Purina Beneful lawsuit was filed on behalf of dog owner Frank Lucido whose three dogs Dozer, Nella, and Remo became ill after having been fed Beneful for the first time last December. Lucido says that his dogs became ill after he fed them the dog food for less than a month.
According to the lawsuit, Lucido’s English bulldog Dozer died from internal bleeding in his stomach and lesions on his liver. His German Shepherd Nella became ill with similar symptoms, and his Labrador Remo is currently undergoing testing.
“The issues are pretty similar across the board,” says attorney Young, “liver and kidney problems, which results in diarrhea, bloody stool, vomiting, and secondary harm.”
Other dog owners have also reported symptoms of stomach and internal bleeding problems, liver malfunction or failure, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration weight loss, seizures, bloating, and kidney failure.
Purina Beneful is owned by Nestlé Purina Petcare which is a St. Louis, Missouri-based subsidiary of Nestlé. The company sells pet food, treats and litter including Purina Pro Plan, Purina Dog Chow, Friskies, Beneful and Purina ONE.
In 2001, Nestlé acquired Ralston Purina for $10.3 billion and combined it with Nestlé’s Friskies Petcare Company, making it the largest pet food company in the United States – with ingredients from China.
The lawsuit against Purina lists specifically the automotive antifreeze component propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is an ingredient found in many food products for humans and animals because it acts as a preservative. It can be found in salad dressings, cake mixes, and store bought cookies. It is a primary ingredient in Beneful’s dog food and helps to retain the food’s moisture — but it is also the very same substance which (because of its high levels) becomes toxic to cats and dogs.
The FDA classifies the automotive antifreeze component propylene glycol as “generally recognized as safe” as a food additive for human and animal consumption and Purina denies any wrongdoing stating that “we believe the lawsuit is without merit, and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves. Beneful is a high-quality, nutritious food enjoyed by millions of dogs each year, and there are no product quality issues with Beneful.”
The lawsuit includes the following “kibble” dry foods:
“Purina Beneful Health Weight”; “Purina Beneful Original”; “Purina Beneful Incredibites,” and “Purina Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies”, “Purina Beneful Healthy Smile”, “Purina Beneful Health Fiesta”, “Purina Beneful Healthy Radiance”, and “Purina Beneful Playful Life” varieties.
The Purina Beneful lawsuit is growing as more and more dog owners are reporting large numbers of pets becoming sick or dying after eating Purina Beneful dry dog food. ROCK Law and Morgan & Morgan writes the following in regard to the Purina lawsuit: “We are continuing to collect information about the extent of this tragedy. If you or someone you know believe your pet became ill from Beneful dry dog food, please let us know. Call toll free at 1-877-667-4265.”