Have You Seen Beneful’s Facebook Page???
I’ve been following this Beneful dog food story for days. I can’t stop checking to see if any action has been taken by the company – such as a recall, offers to reimburse vet bills, or admission that their food contains ingredients that can be harmful for dogs. But nope, nothing. Still just “copy and paste” responses to the thousands of people posting on their Facebook page looking for answers, apologies and action.
Here’s a message that they seem to repeat on many posts as a canned reply, “We’re pet owners too and we take food safety, quality control, and nutrition extremely seriously. We want to make sure we’re being absolutely clear that there are no quality product issues with Beneful.”
Funny that they take nutrition very seriously when their product is full of the most unbelievable ingredients. For a complete list, along with a review, check out what DogFoodAdvisor.com has to say about Beneful’s concoction.
Here are some highlights of just a few Beneful’s controversial ingredients:
- Menadione, a controversial form of vitamin K linked to liver toxicity, allergies and the abnormal break-down of red blood cells.
- Animal digest is a chemically hydrolyzed concoction of unspecified body parts from unspecified animals. This product is usually sprayed onto the surface of a dry kibble to improve its taste.
- Meat and bone meal is a dry “rendered product from mammal tissues, including bone, exclusive of blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents”.
What You Can Do
You CAN do something to help. First, spread the word to everyone you know that Beneful’s food for dogs (and cats for that matter) are not only extremely unhealthy, but are making dogs extremely ill and in many cases, the dogs are dying (usually because of kidney failure).
Second – if you or someone you know has a pet who has become sick or who has died because of Beneful – PLEASE report it to the FDA. Don’t just report it to a consumer report site, or to your vet, or on Beneful’s Facebook page – take the next critical step of reporting to the FDA. The FDA needs to get enough complaints filed before they will launch an investigation. Read this for more information on why it’s so important to report it to the FDA.
Third – talk to the manager or owner of any store that sells Beneful. Get their email address and send them a link to the Beneful Facebook page and ask them to read the reports of illness and death. Also send them a link to the DogFoodAdvisor.com review of Beneful. Then request that they immediately stop selling Beneful in order to protect their customers and their customer’s pets.
Fourth – Email or write letters (or Tweet!) your local news stations and ask them to cover this story on the news.
May justice be done,
-Gina & Jay Cornwall
Home Buddies Bellevue
Premier Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Services for Bellevue and the Greater Eastside
(425) 454-WOOF (9663)