One top-selling dog food brand on Wal-Mart stores from well-known Nestle Purina PetCare has been recently criticized regarding certain ingredients like propylene glycol. This ingredient is sometimes confused by consumers with ethylene glycol, which is a poisonous ingredient in antifreeze. Propylene glycol, however, is not and has FDA approval. It is regularly used in a number of human and dog foods.
Consumers feed Beneful dry dog food to more than 14 million canine companions every year, according to Nielsen. That makes it one of the best selling brands of dog food in the United States, and it has actually been around since 2001. Currently, there is a class action lawsuit pending against the company, but close to a third of the plaintiffs in the suit have already withdrawn. In addition, Nestle reports that the plaintiffs’ attorneys haven’t been successful in producing any evidence that Beneful isn’t safe, healthy and nutritious. The company also stated that they are not planning on settling the case.
What they did is a reformulation of Beneful, according to Vice President of PetCare Nutrition Research at Nestle Purina PetCare, Janet Jackson. She and her R&D team have developed some essential Purina product nutritional innovations. The new pet food formulas aren’t directly related to the suit, according to Dr. Jackson. With a roll-out date of May 9th, nationwide distribution of the new and improved products is projected to be completed by August.
There are currently eight dry dog food offerings from Beneful.com and they all have new recipes. Seven of them are now going to have a first ingredient on the ingredient list that is actually real meat. This is a departure from previous ingredient lists and the only one that won’t is the salmon formula. In addition, added sugar and propylene glycol have been removed from the ingredients. Vegetable-based glycerin and natural beef will be included in the new formulas. Possible changes in Beneful wet foods in cans could be coming up in the future.
Safety protocols and quality control at Purina includes 30,000 ingredient processing and packaging quality checks. Clearly, Nestle Purina PetCare is very committed to the Beneful brand. See, https://www.youtube.com/user/BenefulBrandDogFood for more information.