“Despite Purina’s aggressive defense of its product, the company is paying pet owners’ claims and demanding secrecy. ‘Why?’ is a question Purina should answer,” said Jeff Cereghino, one of the attorneys involved in the class action.
Reuters.com – “(Marketwired – Jun 9, 2015) – An amended class action complaint was filed late yesterday against Nestlé Purina PetCare Company on behalf of consumers who purchased Beneful brand dog food and had pets suffer from internal organ distress, injury, or failure and death.
The complaint, brought in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleges that Purina failed to disclose that Beneful contains substances that are toxic to animals, including Industrial Grade Glycols (IGG), lead, arsenic and mycotoxins.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) categorizes Pharmaceutical Grade Propylene Glycol as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) for ingestion; however, the FDA prohibits the use of IGG in food products due to concerns over contamination and impurities in the manufacturing process.
In addition, the Truth About Pet Food conducted independent testing of Beneful Original dog food and found that it contained mycotoxins, toxins produced by fungus that occurs in grains, which are a principal ingredient in the dog food.
The suit also alleges Purina has been contacting injured consumers soon after they post on social media about their dogs getting sick or the dangers of Beneful. Plaintiffs claim that Purina offers some consumers a settlement that requires them to sign an agreement prohibiting any conversations about the settlement or their experiences with Purina.”
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