It may not come as a surprise that people nowadays, people treat their pets like family members, right down to the food they feed them. This is why pet lovers are becoming more wary of the ingredients used in making pet foods. This is the reason why pet food critics and dog lovers have brought a well-known dog food brand under their scrutiny.
Beneful, a dry dog food brand produced by Nestle Purina PetCare, was introduced in 2001 and is currently a top-selling dog food brand in all America. According to Nielsen, the brand’s dog food finds its way into the tummies of 14 million dogs a year. Being a leading brand, it has faced a lot of criticism from the ingredients it incorporates into the production process.
According to a Huffington Post article, bloggers have criticized the use of propylene glycol as an ingredient. Propylene glycol is often mistaken for ethylene glycol, a compound found in antifreeze and generally poisonous to dogs. Beneful is not the only brand that features this ingredient as it is also found in other foods, both for dogs and human beings. It is however approved by the FDA as a safe product.
Another ingredient that is causing concern is mycotoxins. With all fairness, these are found in a large number of dry pet foods. Minimal levels of mycotoxins have been cleared by the EU and the FDA for use in pet foods as they are not a health concern. They are also present in agricultural crops. The use of colorful dyes has also faced criticism. Although they may be visually satisfying to humans, the same cannot be said when it comes to dogs.
All these complaints were part of what formed the reason for a class action suit being initiated in early 2015 against Nestle Purina over their popular brand Beneful. Even as the case remains pending in court, Nestle Purina have made it clear that they have absolutely no intention of settling the case. Over the course of the case, the allegations have changed numerous times and a sizeable number of the plaintiffs have dropped out of the case. New formulas of Beneful are being developed and are set to hit stores soon.