Nestle Purina Beneful accused of poisoning dogs

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Nestle Purina Beneful accused of poisoning dogs
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Tue, 02-05-2013 - 7:41am

Pet owners are calling for a recall of the dog food brand, but Purina says the accusations are false.

Dog owners are calling for a recall of Nestlé Purina's Beneful dog food on the Consumer Affairs website, claiming that the product is making their pets sick or killing them.

An article on Examiner.com questions why the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has failed to take any action against the complaints so far, echoing the concerns of other pet owners. As of Tuesday, there were more than 220 comments about Beneful listed on the Consumer Affairs site, the majority of them complaints from alarmed pet owners.  

But Nestlé Purina spokesperson Keith Schopp told MSN News that the online postings "contain false and misleading allegations and cause undue concern and confusion among consumers."

"There are no known product issues with Beneful dog food," Schopp said in a statement. "Consumers can continue to feed Beneful to their pets with total confidence." Schopp added that consumers could direct questions about Beneful to 1-888-236-3385.

Complaints by pet owners on ConsumerAffairs.com claim that their dogs fell sick over the past three months after consuming Beneful products that include Healthy Radiance, Healthy Weight and Playful Life. Symptoms ranged from vomiting to diarrhea to kidney failure.

The Examiner.com article says that vets reported "bacterial infections, liver and kidney failure and high toxins in pets" brought for check-ups related to Beneful-related illnesses.

The problem is not limited to a single city or state, but is reported to be taking place across the country.

Full story here: http://news.msn.com/us/nestl%C3%A9-purinas-beneful-accused-of-poisoning-dogs

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Registered: 11-21-2001
Thu, 02-07-2013 - 2:32pm

It's so frightening to read these types of stories.  I've just seen a post on Facebook about all the dog jerkey treats that have been recalled.  I don't know if it's the ingredient, the factories....or just plain human error.  Very scary.

Laura
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Fri, 02-08-2013 - 10:24am

It is very scary. I buy food that's made here and supposed to be all healthy ingredients, but still, you might never know something is wrong with the food until it's too late.

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Registered: 11-04-1999
Sun, 02-10-2013 - 3:09pm

Thanks so much for posting this,  I don't buy this type of purina for Rudi at this time.

I have seen recalls on even the healthy expensive supposedly healthy foods that are only sold at pet stores.  I doubt we can ever totally trust the food we give our furkids.

Josie

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Registered: 11-21-2001
Mon, 02-11-2013 - 1:38pm

You're right Josie...it's sad and scary.....

Laura
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Registered: 11-04-1999

About a year and a half ago, I probably threw out over #30 in chicken tenders after reading that brand was causing deaths and it had been made in China.    I think for all these "bad" foods/treats just to be totally aware of your dog's habits and health and if you open a new bag or box of anything and your dog starts to vomit, diarrhea, lack of appetite, change in bowels, lethargic, drinking more or less;  any of those things, cease giving that food/treat until you go to the Vet.     From the little I read of the complaints, the change in health is sudden and severe, so just beware everytime you open a new product.       Think of the humans that have died from tainted food;  alas; it is the world we now live in.   Josie