Beneful Class-Action Lawsuit Follow-Up


We recently posted here on the Breed Feed about the Nestle Purina Class-Action Lawsuit filed on February 5th in California stating that one of their pet foods, Beneful, is suspected in illness and death in thousands of pets. The issue has now caught the attention of two Senators who care about food safety.

On March 11th, Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., sent a letter to Margaret Hamburg, the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. The Senators wrote:

“In 2007, Congress passed legislation in response to tainted pet food associated with the death of thousands of dogs and cats in the United States…However, eight years later, most provisions of the pet food safety law have not been implemented and protections Congress enacted are not in place, amid allegations of contaminated Beneful dry kibble.”

The provisions they are talking about in the FDA Amendments Act of 2007 were supposed to be implemented by 2009, but as the senators point out, nothing seems to have changed eight years later! They went on to write:

“Reports raise serious concerns about Beneful dry kibble potentially containing such toxins as propylene glycol, commonly used in automobile antifreeze, and mycotoxins, a group of toxins produced by grain fungus. The toxins could lead to serious consequences such as weight loss, internal bleeding, liver and kidney failure, and even death.”

This is a serious issue that the FDA seems to be ignoring. This is why we as consumers need to make sure we know from where our pet food (as well as our human food, which can also contain propylene glycol) is coming! We need to read labels on our pet’s food. We need to buy from companies that we trust.

Nestle Purina still denies the validity of these claims, despite mounting evidence. They cite the FDA’s GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) list, which recognizes propylene glycol as safe for human consumption. The omitted piece of this claim by Nestle Purina is that while people may eat a couple of processed muffins or cakes here and there which contain propylene glycol, it’s a very different story for pets who consume it as part of their daily diet and their primary source of nutrition for an entire lifetime. When this is the case, the potential for adverse health effects will be multiplied.

At Hollywood Feed, all foods, treats, rawhides, and other edibles are vetted. We make sure we know where the pet food we carry was made, and by whom. We DO NOT carry anything edible made in China. Hollywood Feed works only with pet food companies that take food safety seriously. Please talk to the sales associates at your local Hollywood Feed or send any questions you have to the experts at

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  • Jessie Isbell
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