The Huffington Post posted an article that showed that the current trend among pet lovers is to go for healthy pet food that contains ingredients that are quite familiar. Surveys also show that more and more people look at their pets as part of the family and thus want to feed their pets with food closely resembling human food.
One dog food brand that is popular among dog owners, Beneful, has come under scrutiny dog lovers and pet food critics alike. The brand is one of the products of Nestle Purina PetCare. According to Nielsen, Beneful, which was introduced in 2001, is one of the leading brands in sales in the U.S., with an estimated 14 million dogs getting fed by the brand each year.
Bloggers have given their share of criticism on some ingredients of food such as propylene glycol. The compound is often confused with another, ethylene glycol which is poisonous to dogs and used in anti-freeze. Propylene glycol is approved by the FDA and is used in making food for both dogs and humans. However, the compound is not used in making cat food.
Another point of concern is the use of color dyes. As appealing as the colorful dyes may be to humans, dogs do not care that much how the food looks like. Another subject presented by critics is the possibility of the presence of mycotoxins. Mycotoxins are present in a majority if dry pet foods in the market. Minimal levels of mycotoxins are allowed by the European Union and FDA, as they are also found in agricultural crops and are not counted as a health concern.
All these count as some of the issues raised in a class action suit against Nestle Purina for their popular dry dog food brand. The case is currently pending and Nestle Purina have made it clear they are not willing to settle the suit. Some of the plaintiffs have already pulled out and the class action lawyers have on several occasions changed the allegations.