The Canadian lawsuit attempting to hold Purina accountable for pet deaths and illness linked to Beneful Dog Food was dismissed. Interesting twist, Purina has removed the ingredient so many questioned from Beneful.
GlobalNews.ca reports that the Canadian class action lawsuit against Purina Beneful Dog Food has been dismissed. The lead Plaintiff of the lawsuit claimed both her dogs became ill after consuming Beneful Dog Food, similar to a reported 3,000 other complaints FDA has received on Beneful. One of her dogs was euthanized due to “acute and severe kidney and liver failure“. Lawyers representing the Plantiffs stated they “will be unable to prove that ingesting Beneful was the cause of the injury or death of the Plaintiff’s pets or that there was a common source causing the injury or death of the pet of any putative class member…”
Purina made a confusing statement to the Canadian news site “We’re pet owners, too, so first and foremost, our mission has always been to limit the misinformation being spread to pet owners, which could have put pet health at risk by delaying advice or treatment from their veterinarian for a potentially serious medical issue.”
Confused. Misinformation being spread to pet owners that put pet health at risk? Delaying treatment? Is Purina claiming pet owners warning other pet owners about Beneful, put pets health at risk? If so, this is a very concerning attitude. Pet owners don’t ever ‘delay treatment’ for our pets…Purina, if this is what you are suggesting, you are deeply mistaken.
The dismissed Canadian lawsuit claimed propylene glycol – included in the dog food – was a source of pet illness and death. Purina adamantly disagreed stating “This ingredient has been approved by the FDA as safe for years for use in dog foods and a variety of human foods including ice creams, salad dressing and cake mixes.”
But…on Purina’s website today (July 1, 2016) Beneful Dog Foods no longer include the ingredient propylene glycol. Purina has changed the formula for the dog food; the ingredient so many consumers questioned is no longer in the pet food. One year ago, propylene glycol was the 10th ingredient in Beneful Originals, today it’s gone or it is no longer listed as an ingredient.
(Insider information provided by a pet food manufacturing employee shared their company has ingredients in the pet food that are not listed in the ingredient panel on the label or website. I was told employees questioned management about the omission but were told to remain silent. I do not know if this is the case with propylene glycol in Beneful.)
2016 link to Beneful Original Dog Food – no propylene glycol – Click Here
June 2015 link to Beneful Original Dog Food – with propylene glycol – Click Here
If Purina believed propylene glycol was so safe, why did they remove it from Beneful? Why didn’t Purina stand behind the ingredient they claim is so safe? Far too many questions that Purina will probably never answer.
Reminder, even though the FDA has received thousands of complaints of sick and dead pets linked to Beneful Dog Food, the agency has not tested the pet food – not even once.
It is more than disappointing that this lawsuit was dismissed. More sick and dead pets with no one held accountable; a way too familiar scenario. My sympathies to the pet families in Canada.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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