Purina falsely claims its dog food is grain free – National Consumer News | Educate and Help American Consumers | Disclose fraudulent advertising
A lawsuit has been filed accusing Purina of falsely advertising that some of its pictured dog food products are “grain free” or do not contain corn, wheat or soy.
Purina Pro Plan Adult Sensitive Skin & Stomach Salmon & Rice Formula, Purina Pro Plan Adult Sensitive Skin & Stomach Lamb & Oat Formula, and Purina Beneful Grain Free with Farm Raised Chicken Enhanced with Blueberries, Pumpkin & Spinach are the topics of this lawsuit filed in August.
“However, independent tests of the foods in question confirm that these claims are false. Both Pro Plan formulas contain significant amounts of wheat, while the Beneful formula contains significant amounts of soy,” explains the combination.
Legal action against dog food manufacturers began after a group of researchers released a report in 2014 accusing the dog food industry of making false ingredient claims.
âSince 2014, virtually all university researchers have found that pet foods sold to consumers frequently contain non-compliant ingredients, and significant discrepancies between the labeling of pet foods and their actual ingredients appear to be common among manufacturers of pet foods. ‘Food for animals.
âPrior to December 2014, little or no peer-reviewed academic research was published regarding the accuracy of label claims for ingredients in dog food,â the lawsuit said.
âIn December 2014, a group of researchers found that only 18% of the pet food samples they tested completely matched label claims for animal by-product content.
âThus, 82% of the products analyzed by the researchers contained ingredients that did not comply with their claims on the label.
âThe December 2014 study hypothesized that the raw materials used in the preparation of canned food products contained several types of protein and may have contributed to the contamination.
âIn 2018, research on pet food claims and the presence of non-compliant ingredients intensified.
âOf the 40 products analyzed in a study, the ingredients of only 10 products correctly matched their labels. Of the remaining 30 products, 5 did not contain the ingredients of declared animal species and 23 others revealed the presence of undeclared animal species.
âTwo of the product labels were vague and their accuracy was indeterminate. This 2018 study found that mislabelling was a particularly prevalent problem in pet foods used for “elimination diets” (i.e. used to investigate food allergies).