Statement about Beneful class action lawsuit

We’re aware of the class action lawsuit filed against Purina, but we do not have any additional information about the cases that may be involved. We’re not aware of any recalls of Beneful products, and have no records of Beneful recalls since we began tracking pet food and pet treat recalls in 2007. Purina has an FAQ on their website that addresses some common questions about Beneful.

Any pet owner or veterinarian who feels that a pet food or pet treat has made a pet ill should report the case to the manufacturer and to the FDA. Purina has provided the following numbers for those who may have questions:

  • For veterinarians: 800-222-8387
  • For pet owners: 800-778-7462

To report an adverse event associated with pet food, you can submit a report to the FDA at

For more information about the FDA’s role in pet food regulation, visit

28 thoughts on “Statement about Beneful class action lawsuit

    • We lost our dog Gizzmo A few years back and that is what we used and that’s what the vet used. He died of kidney failure and was having all the same symptoms.. We were devastated .

  1. We lost our 8 yr old Sammy last night. Same story as being told by so many. Stomach issues developed and prancreatitis was diagnoised. By late evening he could no longer stand or walk. Emergency room Dr. said he was in severe shock and determined he had internal bleeding. By midnight we had to let him go stop the suffering. After reading all these stories I have no other choice but to believe it was the food. Our dog gave us nothing but love and to think we were poisoning him in return make the loss so much harder.

  2. I’m so confused and upset about all the different story’s pretaining to Benefil. I put my BEAUTIFUL BEST FRIEND on Benefil dog food almost 4 years ago…. On March 1st my Vet had to put her down… After 6 months of trying to figure out what was going on with my 9 year old Doberman Pincher, her suffering and weight loss and become to much for her. Letting God take her was the hardest decision I ever have faced…. But I couldn’t bare to watch her suffer any longer… The last two nights of her life she wouldn’t even lay down because of all the pain… She just stood by my bed and laid her head on my bed, all night long, ….. No matter what I tried, I couldn’t help her….
    I’m not sure and neither is my vet on what was causing all her problems the last 6 months of her life, but her quality of life was horrible…
    Now, although my heart will never let her go, nor will our memories together ever fade away… I’m angry of possibility that her food took her from me too early and she had to suffer when there is a chance that with the previous law suits, this could have been prevented… They should have pulled it all off the shelves until it was all tested and 100% cleared… PURINA SHOULD HAVE “MANNED UP” from the get go!
    I pray for all our animal family members…

    I miss my SABRINA! My heart is buried with her….

  3. We vould not figure out why our wonderful baby all of a sudden got sick after having switched her food to beneful. We did not know that it was so harmful to her. One day she started refusing to eat and then she was in the hospital for 6 weeks. They said she had kidney disease. We kept giving her subdermal fluids daily until she could not take anymore and her liver went back to normal. No one could find a cause for it. About a year later she got sick again..this time it was her kidneys.her liver.her pancreas.and she had even developed addisons disease. This was not cmon for her breed and was jot hereditary either. The doctor could not understand why and she was in so much pain. We had to do what was best for her. It broke our hearts. She was on beneful mixture with purina doft food. The vet never told us it was bad for her. When I read this information I was so sad I wish I had seen it sooner. Our baby was only 7.

  4. I’m so heart broken about my 10 year old dog. He’s been fed Beneful because I got him as a pup and that’s what they fed him. He is now suffering from liver problems. He was so vibrant and now so skinny. I took him to so many vets and spent so much monies. They keep referring me here and there. No answers. Just the same conclusion of liver problems. My fur baby is considered my child. I can’t believe that dog food isn’t regulated. Shame on dog food manufacturers selling toxic products. I’m just in tears every time I see my dog with the helpless look on his face. I lost my job and can’t keep up with vet bills. I rescued him as a pup and I feel like I can’t rescue him out of his pain.

    • Hi Vee S, you can help your dog enormously by doing a detox from the Beneful, remembering that it is made from GMO corn, artificial colors and the grains they use have been proven to be contaminated with mycotoxins and aflotoxins ( see truth about pet food) , so the advice is to make chicken broth using chicken and carrots, a potato…buy some MILK THISTLE drops and give to your dog at 1 drop per pound for several weeks…also buy coconut oil ( raw/ organic) and some life extensions super bio-curcumin and feed a capsule to your dog per day. If you need any forther advice look up ” Is Beneful by Purina killing or sickening our dogs…post your story”. I hope this helps!

    • Sorry to hear the sad news I agree Purina needs to man up and test there products there should be a place where keeping records and mointoring the deathes

  5. I also want to get in on this class action suite against Purina Beniful dog food, my dog was fine until she started wheezing and throwing up all over, she never was sick before like this time, I did not have the time to take her to the Vet,she was a great loss to my family, and we all loved her dearly.Either way all of this could have been avoided if we were just notified beforehand when the stores were notified to take it off the shelves.

    • You”LOVED HER DEARLY” but didn’t have the TIME to take her to the vet. What kind of love is that????? That poor little girl who depended on you to keep her safe and alive didn’t deserve to have you as her owner. You had the RESPONSIBILITY to have the time!!! Otherwise you shouldn’t have a sweet innocent animal!!!! How dare you!!!

      • Also, it’s interesting how you feel you have the time to get involved with the class action suite but not enough time to take her to the vet. I guess we know where your priorities lie.

        • Alex, please refrain from making personal attacks in these comments. Thank you.

      • I perceived her statement to mean mean that the dog perished so quickly upon getting sick that there wasn’t “time” to get her to the vet.
        I hope you misunderstood her and not me.

  6. I have lost two blue healers who were only 8-10 years old. The last dog died a week ago for no know reason. He would not eat the day before. The next day I was taking him to the doctor and he would not move and could barely breathe. By the time I got to the vet he was dead and blood was coming from his nose. I still have the dog food. I have only fed my dogs baneful. I have notice that these last two dogs have died suddenly. I am use to keeping my dogs 15-18 years, ten years is too soon. Please reply.

  7. I am waiting to see if my dogs demonstrate the same symptoms there were having such as randomly throwing up for an unknown reason or acting as if they didn’t feel good and having gurgling noises from their tummy since I have taken them if this POISONOUS FOOD!
    IF NOT…then I will know it was this food harming my babies

    • It is important to realize that not all foods agree with all pets, and there are a number of causes that can result in your pets’ symptoms. Please have a discussion with your family vet regarding your pets nutritional needs, how often you feed them, and potential diagnostics which may help to understand what else could be causing those signs. Just because they seem to get better with a different food doesn’t mesn the previous diet was “poisonous,” it just means your pets have different needs.

      • Actually Dr K when dogs are vomiting blood and pooing blood, wont eat, wont drink, are lethargic, have skin lesions, and then, after a detox and switching foods, suddenly they come back to life ( many people mention how puppy like they are) you can be sure it is the food. It would be better if vets treated this as the poison that it is, and thus save dogs lives, rather than tryiong top pretend that aflotoxins, BT* GMO corn ( that produces its own pesticides) , round up residue, carcinogenic colors banned in Europe, sugar and prop glycol anti freeze are good for dogs…remember your oath , to do no harm?


        Propylene glycol is used as an humectant (E1520), solvent, and preservative in food and for tobacco products, as well as being one of the major ingredients of the “e-liquid” used in electronic cigarettes along with vegetable glycerin. Propylene glycol is also used in various edible items such as coffee, ice cream, whipped dairy products and soda.[8][9][10] Vaporizers used for delivery of pharmaceuticals or personal care products often include propylene glycol among the ingredients with which they are filled.[5] Propylene glycol is used as a solvent in many pharmaceuticals, including oral, injectable and topical formulations, such as for diazepam and lorazepam which are insoluble in water.[11]

        Like ethylene glycol, propylene glycol is able to lower the freezing point of water, and so it is used as aircraft de-icing fluid.[5][12] Water-propylene glycol mixtures dyed pink to indicate the mixture is relatively nontoxic are sold under the name of RV or marine antifreeze. Propylene glycol is frequently used as a substitute for ethylene glycol in low toxicity, environmentally friendly automotive antifreeze. It is also used to winterize the plumbing systems in vacant structures.[13] The eutectic composition/temperature is 60:40 propylene glycol:water/-60 °C.[14][15] The −50 °F/−45 °C commercial product is, however, water rich; a typical formulation is 40:60.[16]

  8. Where might I be able to get my Beneful tested for Propylene Glycol or myotoxins? We have a dead dog here in the prime of his life that suffered immensely. He was ALWAYS fed Beneful kibbles and nothing else. I find this sickening and would like some answers , whether good or bad.

    • It is important to understand that contrary to what was reported, Propylene glycol is NOT the same as antifreeze (ethylene glycol). Additionally, mycotoxins have not been found in those foods, despite a claim started by a rival pet food company. Contact your family vet for more information on testing, and provide the lot number of the food you would like tested.

      • I think it’s more about the concern/possibility of using propylene glycol from China (industrial vs food grade), where it could be contaminated with diethylene glycol (DEG) or manufactured from the toxic Jatropha plant. Apparently glycerin, an ingredient found in many jerky treats like Purina Waggin Train also can be sourced from the Jatropha plant. As I understand it currently the FDA has no test for Jatropha toxins in food, which is something they are currently pursuing. Purina has been asked directly if the PG they use is industrial grade or food grade and they have declined to specify. The lawsuit is also claiming that the presence of mycotoxins could be making some dogs sick. Beneful contains a high amount of grains in it’s product. Mycotoxins are commonly found in grains, and foods with grain ingredients however it’s possible that a level of harmful mycotoxins is present in the food and could vary from bag to bag, I doubt Purina tests every bag. A pet food consumer advocate did pay for an independent lab test with public donations, and through testing did find the Beneful they tested to come back with high levels of various mycotoxins present in the food.
        While Proplyene glycol is not Ethylene glycol, it is still listed under some pet poison websites.

        • Spot-on Lola! And we have almost 7,500 members who say that their dogs have sickened and died from eating BENEFUL. Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol – imported from China, could well be at the core of this problem. Industrial grade products were found at one of the three Chinese jerky treay manufacturing plants. The FDA were denied samples for testing by the Yantai Aska Company.

          LINK to FDA Establishment Inspection Report FEI: 2000045599
          Yantai Aska Foods Co, Ltd El Start: 03/28/2012
          Yantai, China EI End: 03/30/2012

          Chinese jerky treats (including Purina products) have killed several thousand dogs and cats since 2006 and pets are STILL dying.. a jerky treat is 18% Glycerin or Propylene Glycol. Beneful is 1% Propylene Glycol which is an automotive antifreeze with one third of the toxicity of Ethylene Glycol, regular antifreeze.

          Industrial Grade prooducts can be contaminated with Dithylene Glycol (DEG) and with lethal toxins from Jatropha Curcis, which include RICIN (a bioterrorism agent) and CURCIN which is even more toxic than Ricin. There is NO TEST FOR JATROPHA and the FDA is desperately seeking help from the pramaceutical industry!

          6 July 2012
          FDA Notification to IndustryProducts using oils, glycerin, or protein that were derived from the Jatropha plant may have toxic effects The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is notifying the regulated community that oils, glycerin, and proteins commonly used in the production of human and animal food, medical products, cosmetics, and other FDA-regulated products may contain toxins if they are derived from the Jatropha plant…. The FDA is monitoring this situation to assess impacts on FDA-regulated products and is working to develop test methods for Jatropha-based ingredients.

          LINK to FDA Notification to Industry: Products using oils, glycerin, or protein that were derived from the Jatropha plant may have toxic effects

          Note that PG also degrades in the presence of heat and light and toxic by-products can result with improper storage.

      • Dr K how much training do vets good through in school for food? Who sponsors the food training that you do get? My understanding Hills provides alot of the minimum training vets receive on foods.

      • Dr. Your AWESOME! ! Thank you for the wonderful profession you chose, your many years of study, and your love of animal’s! ! Give your VETERINARIAN A HUG DAY!! Thank YOU TO ALL THE VETERINARIANS OUT THERE FOR YOUR SERVICE .
        THANK YOU !!

  9. I believe my dog also died from eating the Purina Beniful dog food. How can I get in on the class action suite?

    • The BENEFUL lawsuit attorneys told us that ANYONE in the US or CANADA who has had ANY issue with Nestle-Purina’s Beneful causing illness or death in their pets is highly encouraged to phone the team handling the Class Action Lawsuit at: 877-667-4265 or 407-452-6990 They will conduct a phone interview no matter where you are. So CALL – participation will not cost you a dime! They are asking that people save any food they still have for testing, with packaging if possible, and any vet information/records.