Purina’s Beneful dog food has been slammed with a class action lawsuit. A class action lawsuit has been filed against Purina’s Beneful Dog Products.
The claimants allege that Beneful dog food is harming and killing dogs.
According to the class action lawsuit filed Feb. 5 in federal court, more than 3,000 dog owners claim that Purina Petcare Beneful’s dry kibble variety is killing and hurting their dogs. The brand is still on store shelves and has not been recalled.
Thekibble dry dog food products included in the lawsuit are:
- Purina Beneful Healthy Raidance
- Purina Beneful Health Weight
- Purina BenefulIncredibites
- Purina Beneful Healthy Smile
- Purina Beneful Original
- Purina Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies
- Purina Beneful Health Fiesta
- Purina Beneful Playful Life
The lawsuit lists liver malfunction or failure, stomach and related internal bleeding, diarrhea, vomiting, dehydration, weight loss, bloat,seizures and kidney failure as symptoms consistently reported by dog-owners who feed their dogs Beneful.
Keith Schopp, spokesman for Purina, told WCPO the lawsuit’s claims are “without merit.”
“There are no quality issues with Beneful,” Schopp said. “Beneful is a high quality, nutritious food enjoyed by millions of dogs each day. Like other pet foods, Beneful is occasionally the subject of social media-driven misinformation.”
Two previous class action lawsuits have been filed against Beneful. Both were dismissed.
On Tuesday, Lee Whalen told WCPO’s John Matarese that her Dachshund, Toby, passed away last year due to premature kidney failure.
Although Toby’s case is not directly involved in this most recent lawsuit, Whalen said she had been feeding Toby Purina Beneful. She now wonders if the dog food had something to do with Toby’s death.
“A lot of the things people were talking about, that was Toby. And with vets not having any other explanation for his kidney failure at such a young age, what else am I supposed to think? That this food was supposed to be safe for my dog was not,” she said.
Whalen’s vet cannot link Beneful to Toby’s death, but she can’t help but wonder.
This most recent lawsuit was filed on behalf of Frank Lucido. In the class action suit, he claimed that all three of his dogs began falling ill after purchasing a bag of Beneful for the first time in late December. All three have stomach and liver symptoms. He also mentioned that he fed them only Beneful for less than a month.
The lawsuit states that Dozer, Lucido’s English Bulldog, ultimately passed away after starting to show signs of internal bleeding in his stomach and lesions on his liver.
He claims that these illnesses, and similar illnesses in other dogs who have become sick or died after eating Beneful, were caused by toxic substances found in the product.
Attorney James Young 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,” Young told WCPO.
“The issues are pretty similar across the board,” he said, “liver and kidney problems, which results in diarrhea, bloody stool, vomiting, and secondary harm.”
To be specific, the suit lists propylene glycol, as a primary ingredient in Beneful’s dog food.
The suit says, propylene glycol is a substance toxic to both cats and dogs and it may be included in Beneful’s ingredients list because it helps retain the food’s moisture.
Last October, Fireball Whisky was recalled in Finland, Sweden, and Norway for what some claimed were dangerous levels of the chemical in the product.
The lawsuit asks Nestlé Purina Petcare Company to pay actual, statutory and punitive damages to all claimants — as well as forfeit any profits earned from the sale of the product in question.
Here is Purina’s full statement, issued to WCPO:
“First and foremost, there are no quality issues with Beneful. Beneful is a high quality, nutritious food enjoyed by millions of dogs every day. Beneful is backed by Purina’s strict quality controls and comprehensive food safety program. 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. Specific to this class action lawsuit, we believe the lawsuit is without merit. Beneful was the target of two prior class action lawsuits, and both of those suits were quickly dismissed by the court. Bottom line: Consumers can continue to feed Beneful with total confidence.”