To date, there has been no official recall or investigation by the FDA about the accused Purina Beneful toxins, purported to be causing gastrointestinal and liver issues. The lawsuit, as reported by NBC nightly news, alleges that mycotoxins and propylene glycol have been found in Purina Beneful. Propylene glycol is a safe food item used in many human and pet foods, and is approved by the FDA for use as a food preservative and food additive. Toxic levels of propylene glycol, at approximately 1 teaspoon per 5 pounds of body weight, may cause red blood cell destruction, increased liver enzymes or in rare cases, circulatory collapse. Mycotoxins are toxins released by molds found on certain grains or food items that have spoiled. Mycotoxins may cause damage to the liver and to the intestinal tract, but quality control measures test for these toxins and other harmful substances or bacteria found in pet foods.
The AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) is aware of the class action lawsuit filed against Purina, but does not have any additional information about the cases that may be involved. The AVMA is not aware of any recalls of Beneful products and have no records of Beneful recalls since first tracking pet food and pet treat recalls since 2007. Visit the AVMA@Work blog to learn more, including information on how to report adverse events associated with pet food.
If you are concerned about continuing to feed the product, we recommend you switch your pet to a Sensitive Stomach or Lamb and Rice formula made by Science Diet, Royal Canin, Nutro Purina ProPlan, or Iams/Eukanuba. If you have any questions, or your pet is showing symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea and has been on Beneful, please call the office to talk with a veterinarian. As updates come in from the FDA and the AVMA, we will post them on the website and on our Facebook page.