Purina Beneful Kibble Class Action Lawsuit

This lawsuit alleges that Purina Beneful “kibble” pet foods contain toxins harmful to dogs.

Among the most widely-sold pet foods in the country, Nestle Purina Pet Care Company's Beneful kibble dog food is now alleged to contain toxic ingredients able to cause serious harm and even death in animals. In this class action suit, pet owners whose dogs became ill or ultimately died as a result of ingesting these Purina foods are seeking compensation in the form of actual, statutory and punitive damages, restitution and equitable relief.

Plaintiff Frank Lucido alleges that three of his dogs suffered serious harm after eating Purina's Beneful kibble dog food, with his English Bulldog ultimately dying as a result. His German Shepherd and his Labrador continue to suffer from ill health and require ongoing veterinary treatment and testing.

According to the complaint, over the past four years, Purina has received thousands of online complaints about dogs having fallen ill after eating Beneful products. Common issues affecting the dogs include liver malfunction and failure, stomach and other internal bleeding events, dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, bloat, seizures and kidney failure.

It is alleged that despite Purina's claims that its products provide dogs with “100% Complete and Balanced Nutrition,” the dog food actually contained dangerous amounts of propylene glycol, an automotive antifreeze component that is poisonous to pets as well as mycotoxins, which are harmful substances produced by fungus occurring in stored grains. Purina is accused of failing to engage in appropriate quality control and testing procedures designed to prevent such substances from making their way into pet food placed on the market for sale to consumers.

Among the Purina products included in the lawsuit are:

Purina Beneful Healthy Weight

Purina Beneful Original

Purina Beneful Incredibites

Purina Beneful Healthy Growth for Puppies

Purina Beneful Healthy Smile

Purina Beneful Healthy Fiesta

Purina Beneful Healthy Radiance

Purina Beneful Playful Life

Plaintiffs are alleging that in its sale and production of Beneful pet food products, Purina breached express and implied warranties, engaged in negligent marketing and manufacturing processes, negligently misrepresented the safety of its products, violated California's Consumers Legal Remedies Act, its Unfair Competition Law, and its False Advertising Law. The class also seeks compensation pursuant to a theory of strict products liability, citing Purina's defective design and manufacture of the products in question.



Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer
No case events.
Tags: Deceptive Advertising, Deceptive Labels, False Health Claims