August 26, 2017 | Erin | 4 Comments If you are anything like me, then you too believe that all dog foods that are available for purchase, are safe for your pet. Seriously, do we even have to ask this question? If it was determined that a product was unsafe, we would know about it. It would be on the news and a recall would be issued and the bad food would be pulled from the shelves. Tests would be run to determine what caused the food to be unsafe and pet parents would be talking about it! Right? I cannot imagine that the manufacture of a pet food and the stores that sell them would ever knowingly let a dog be harmed. Keep reading to see why this can be a dangerous way to view the pet industry. This year in the news was a story of a lawsuit that claims that Beneful dry dog food is not safe for your pet and has caused serious sickness or death to thousands of dogs. This class action lawsuit was filed in California against the company that manufactures Beneful, Nestle Purina PetCare. Some of the illnesses that the dogs have suffered include internal bleeding, liver failure, vomiting and weight loss, seizures and kidney failure. The lawsuit claims that in the last 4 years, over 3,000 complaints have been submitted online about dogs getting sick or dying after eating Beneful. What Went Wrong? The suit states that the food was harmful, that it’s maker knew it was harmful and failed to properly test the food or to investigate the many complaints that were made. It was further stated that the food contains mycotoxins that have been produced in grains that contain fungus and propylene glycol which is found in auto antifreeze. The eight types of Beneful dog food effected: Playful Life, Healthy Radiance, Healthy Fiesta, Healthy Smile, Healthy Growth for Puppies, Incredibites, Original and Healthy Weight. What’s Next? The legal team for the Nestle Purina PetCare claim innocence, that they are the victims of 2 previous lawsuits based on similar claims and that were both dismissed by the court. They blame social media for creating exaggerated concerns based on false information. In light of this, it seems very concerning that purchasers of Beneful are being advised to continue to trust that they are feeding their dogs safe food. Which brings us to back to answer my original question, aren’t all products safe for your pet? Sadly, the answer is no.