Is this lawsuit BS?

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  1. Stevearino

    Stevearino Frak

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    CONTACT: Russell Keith
    Monday, May 14, 2007 (305) 358-6555
    Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Pet Food
    Companies and Retailers For Misleading Consumers
    Regarding the Contents of Pet Food
    “Premium” Pet Food Marketed and Sold as “Complete and Balanced” Has Historically Contained
    Such Items as Euthanized Dogs and Cats, Restaurant Grease, Hair, Hooves, and Diseased Animals,
    and Other Inedible Garbage
    [MIAMI, FLORIDA] A cat and dog owner from Michigan and two cat and dog owners
    from Florida have filed a nationwide class action against food industry giants Mars, Inc.,
    Proctor and Gamble Co., Colgate Palmolive Company, Del Monte Foods, Co., and Nestle
    U.S.A. Inc. These manufacturers have a combined approximate 70% of the market share
    in the $16 billion dollar a year pet food industry. The suit also names as Defendants
    Nutro Products, Inc., Menu Foods, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Target Corp., Publix
    Supermarkets, Inc., Winn Dixie Stores, Inc., as manufacturers and marketers of their own
    brand pet food and retailers PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc., Pet Supermarket, Inc., and
    Petsmart Inc.
    The Plaintiffs maintain that these companies have spent $300 million a year in making
    false and misleading marketing statements regarding the contents of their pet food to the
    dog and cat loving American public. While these Defendants tout their pet food products
    as choice cuts of prime beef, chunks of chicken, fish, fresh wholesome vegetables and
    whole grains to induce consumers to buy them, the Plaintiffs contend the food is actually
    made from “inedible” slaughterhouse waste products of the human food chain such as
    spines, heads, tails, hooves, hair, and blood. Rendering companies who process this waste
    have also added other inedible “waste” such as euthanized cats and dogs from
    veterinarian offices and animal shelters, road kill, zoo animals, rancid restaurant grease,
    toxic chemicals and additives. Additionally, dead animals and those declared unfit for
    human consumption due to disease and illness are also placed in the mix.
    The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
    by attorney Catherine J. MacIvor of the 23 attorney Miami litigation law firm of
    Maltzman Foreman, PA. The case is pending before the Honorable Cecilia Altonaga.
    Class Counsel, Catherine J. MacIvor says that “The melamine debacle is not the only
    serious problem with pet food. The number and frequency of lethal pet food recalls in the
    last few years clearly shows the seriousness and extent of this problem.”
    The lawsuit alleges that pet food companies market their products as wholesome, choice
    cuts of meat, natural and complete and balanced diets even though they are fully aware
    that this food is largely carbohydrates and sugars combined with toxic preservatives and
    additives with very little to no meat at all. The lawsuit seeks damages to consumers for
    the false representations made in the Defendants’ advertising as well as punitive
    “Sadly,” MacIvor said, “the Defendant pet food companies and retailers recognized that
    American pet owners love their cats and dogs like members of their family. The
    Defendants deceptive advertising specifically marketed premium healthy food to the
    American public knowing that they want to buy the best food that they can for their loved
    one and knowing that the food consists largely of garbage, chemicals, additives, diseased
    meat and even residual pentobarbital from euthanized animals.”
    The 58 page lawsuit outlines in grotesque detail the actual manner in which most
    commercial pet food in the United States is made. The lawsuit also attaches and cites
    numerous news stories and research articles outlining the real content of the Defendant’s
    pet foods and the misleading and deceptive advertising undertaken by the Defendants.
    The Defendants targeted in the Complaint produce pet foods under a wide array of brands
    and names including: Pedigree®, Sheba®, Goodlife Recipe®, Royal Canine, Iams®,
    Eukanuba®, Science Diet®, Prescription Diet®, 9 Lives®, Amore®, Gravy Train®,
    Kibbles-n-Bits® and Nature’s Recipe®, Snausages®, Milk Bone®, Pup-Peroni®, Meaty
    Bone®, Canine’s Carry Outs®, Jerky Treats®, Wagwells®, Alpo®, Beneful®, Beggin’
    Strips®, Dog, Cat, Puppy and Kitten Chow®, Fancy Feast®, Friskies®, Mighty Dog®,
    Deli-Cat®, Pro Plan®, Purina One®, Natural Choice® Dog and Cat Products, Max® Dog
    Products, Max® Cat Gourmet Classics, Natural Choice® Complete Care® for cats, Ultra™
    Products for dogs, Americas Choice Preferred Pets, Authority, Award, Best Choice, Big
    Bet, Big Red, Cadillac, Companion, Compliments, Demoulus Market Basket, Eukanuba,
    Fine Feline Cat, Food Lion, Food Town, Giant Companion, Hannaford, Hill Country
    Fare, Hy-Vee, Iams, J.E. Mondou, Laura Lynn, Li’l Red, Loving Meals, Medi-Cal,
    Meijer’s Main Choice, Mighty Dog Pouch, Mixables, Natural Life, Nutriplan, Nutro
    Max, Nutro Max Gourmet Classics, Nutro Natural Choice, Ol’ Roy, Paws, Pet Essentials,
    Pet Pride, President’s Choice, Price Chopper, Priority US, Publix, Roche Brothers, Savea-
    Lot Special Blend, Schnucks, Science Diet Feline Savory Cuts Cans, Sophistacat,
    Special Kitty, Springfield Prize, Sprout, Stop and Shop Companion, Tops Companion,
    Wegmans, Weis Total Pet, Western family US, White Rose, Winn Dixie, Your Pet,
    LIFELong™, Ol’ Roy and Special Kitty brands of pet food.
    The lawsuit alleges, among other claims, that the pet food companies have fraudulently
    and/or negligently misrepresented and concealed what is actually in their pet foods,
    violated Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices, and Failed to Warn the public of the
    health risks to animals associated with a diet consisting of their commercial pet foods.
    Through the lawsuit, the Plaintiff’s hope to recover financial damages for all pet owners
    who have been similarly deceived. “Ultimately we are hopeful that our lawsuit will force
    the Defendants to more accurately describe what is in their pet foods and to offer more
    healthful pet food options that provide pets with food quality similar to that provided in
    human food products.”
    A copy of the Complaint and supporting research materials is available at
    For more information about Maltzman Foreman PA please visit

    Not trying to stir anything up, just wondered what people here thought about this. Is it BS?
  2. uhlawpup

    uhlawpup l'Italia s'è desta

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    What do you mean, BS?

    If they have the evidence, let them present it. The jury will decide.

    If they don't have the evidence, well... I hope they have enough to pay the pet food makers' attorney fees...

    In a lawsuit, the proof is in the...well...proof.

  3. Stevearino

    Stevearino Frak

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    Guess I was hoping the braintrust here could point out any flaws or errors or any misinformation or maybe if anyone here had already done some research into the subjects involved in this lawsuit. I understand proof and all that.

    Don't really care about the attorney fees either, more concerned about the health and wellbeing of my pet.
  4. Jerseycitysteve

    Jerseycitysteve Guest

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    Nov 11, 2004

    We feed our ferocious terrier Solid Gold Just A Wee Bit Adult Small Breed

    First Ten Ingredients
    Salmon Meal
    Brown Rice
    Cracked Pearled Barley
    Rice Bran
    Canola Oil
    Flaxseed Oil

    Remaining Ingredients
    Blueberries, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Taurine, Carotene, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate (a chelated source of iron), Zinc Proteinate (a chelated source of zinc), Copper Proteinate (a chelated source of copper), Manganese Proteinate (a chelated source of manganese), Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Pantothenate, Selenomethionine, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin, Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid

    Guaranteed Analysis
    Crude Protein min 28
    Crude Fat min 18
    Moisture max 10
    Crude Fiber max 4


    OR we could save money and feed him------------------------

    Purina Little Bites Indoor Complete

    First Ten Ingredients
    Ground yellow corn
    meat and bone meal?????????????????????????????
    corn gluten meal
    animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E)?????????????????????????????????????????
    soybean meal
    animal digest?????????????????????????????
    brewers rice
    potassium chloride
    L-Lysine monohydrochloride

    Remaining Ingredients
    Choline chloride, calcium phosphate, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, parsley flakes, added color (Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 2), manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium carbonate, brewers dried yeast, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, copper proteinate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite

    Guaranteed Analysis
    Crude Protein (Min) 25%
    Moisture (Max) 12%
    Crude Fat (Min) 9%
    Crude Fiber (Max) 4.5%

    Animal Digest: material which results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed animal tissue. The animal tissues used shall be exclusive of hair, horns, teeth, hooves and feathers, except in such trace amounts as might occur unavoidably in good factory practice and shall be suitable for animal feed.

    Animal Fat: is obtained from the tissues of mammals and/or poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative"

    Meat and Bone Meal: the rendered product from mammal tissues, including bone, exclusive of blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents, except in such amounts as may occur unavoidably in good processing practices.