As of October 3, the Consumer Affairs website has received more than 650 complaints, the majority of them from pet owners claiming that the dog food is causing illness and death in dogs.
An article on Examiner.com questions why the (FDA) has not taken action.
Keith Schopp of Nestlé Purina told MSN News the online posts “contain false and misleading allegations and cause undue concern and confusion among consumers.”
“There are no known product issues with Beneful dog food,” he added in a statement. “Consumers can continue to feed Beneful to their pets with total confidence.”
Dog owner claim that their dogs fell sick over the past three months after consuming Beneful products, including Healthy Radiance, Healthy Weight and Playful Life.
Symptoms, some of which are life-threatening, include:
- Excessive water drinking
- Weight loss
- Kidney failure
- Liver failure
The Examiner reports that vets have recorded “bacterial infections, liver and kidney failure and high toxins in pets” brought for check-ups related to Beneful-related illnesses.
The problem is is nationwide and not limited to a single city or state.
Some pet owners claimed they had approached both the FDA and Nestlé Purina, but to no avail. FDA spokesperson Tamara N. Ward told MSN News that the agency needs to find “a definitive cause or a contaminant,” to issue a recall. “When we have new information, we will make sure to let the public know,” she said.