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Blue Buffalo Dog Food Lead Content Class Action

Blue Buffalo markets its dog foods as being “healthy” and “holistic,” but the complaint for this class action says the products at issue in this case have been shown to contain high levels of lead that can have serious health effects on dogs.

This class action proposes a class and a subclass. The class includes all US citizens who, from July 1, 2013 to the present, purchased the contaminated dog foods for household use. The subclass includes all persons in California who, from July 1, 2013 to the present, purchased the contaminated dog foods for household use.

The contaminated dog foods referred to in this case include the following:

  • Blue Wilderness Chicken Recipe for Small Breed Adult Dogs
  • Blue Freedom Grain-Free Chicken Recipe for Small Breed Adult Dogs
  • Blue Basics Grain-Free Turkey & Potato Recipe for Adult Dogs

According to the complaint, the contaminated dog food was the primary food for Plaintiff Vladi Zakinov’s dog Coco, a four-year-old cocker spaniel-poodle mix. The complaint implies that the contaminated dog food was the cause of Coco’s kidney failure, causing Zakinov to spend a significant amount of money on Coco’s treatment.

Lead is a dangerous, metallic substance which is a carcinogen and developmental toxin known to cause health problems when ingested. Lead builds up in the body over time, and the cumulative amount can become toxic and seriously damaging. The complaint claims that lead poisoning can occur from acute or chronic exposure to or ingestion of lead, leading to severe brain and kidney damage, among other issues, and even death.

Because lead is so poisonous, the FDA has set maximum standards for exposure. The maximum amount of lead in bottled water is 5 ppb (parts per billion). However, the complaint says, independent lab testing has shown high levels of lead in the contaminated products:

  • for Blue Wilderness Chicken Recipe for Small Breed Adult Dogs, 200 ppb;
  • for Blue Freedom Grain-Free Chicken Recipe for Small Breed Adult Dogs, 140 ppb; and
  • for Blue Basics Grain-Free Turkey & Potato Recipe for Adult Dogs, a staggering 840 ppb.

Despite this, the complaint says, Blue Buffalo does not admit to the inclusion of lead; in fact, the complaint claims, and labels on its dog food are designed to make the food look healthy and safe, because they claim that the food leads to “Healthy Muscle Development” and a “Healthy Immune System Essential vitamins, chelated minerals and important antioxidants help support the immune system”. This, the complaint alleges, violates state and federal laws designed to protect consumers. 

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer

Most Recent Case Event

Blue Buffalo Dog Food Lead Content Complaint

June 26, 2017

Blue Buffalo markets its dog foods as being “healthy” and “holistic,” but the complaint for this class action says some of its products have been shown to contain high levels of lead that can have serious health effects on dogs. The contaminated dog foods referred to in this case include the following:

  • Blue Wilderness Chicken Recipe for Small Breed Adult Dogs
  • Blue Freedom Grain-Free Chicken Recipe for Small Breed Adult Dogs
  • Blue Basics Grain-Free Turkey & Potato Recipe for Adult Dogs

blue_dog_food_complaint.pdf

Case Event History

Blue Buffalo Dog Food Lead Content Complaint

June 26, 2017

Blue Buffalo markets its dog foods as being “healthy” and “holistic,” but the complaint for this class action says some of its products have been shown to contain high levels of lead that can have serious health effects on dogs. The contaminated dog foods referred to in this case include the following:

  • Blue Wilderness Chicken Recipe for Small Breed Adult Dogs
  • Blue Freedom Grain-Free Chicken Recipe for Small Breed Adult Dogs
  • Blue Basics Grain-Free Turkey & Potato Recipe for Adult Dogs

blue_dog_food_complaint.pdf
Tags: Contaminated with Harmful Substances, Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, Pet Food