A number of people have expressed worry over Purina’s Beneful pet food after a lawsuit was filed against the company that claimed Beneful “resulted in serious illness and death of thousands of dogs.”
So, what’s in Beneful? According to the company’s website, here’s the original dry mix ingredients:
Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols, rice flour, beef, soy flour, meat and bone meal, propylene glycol, sugar, tricalcium phosphate, salt, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, animal digest, sorbic acid (a preservative), mono and dicalcium phosphate, dried spinach, dried peas, dried carrots, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, Red 40, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, Blue 2, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.
There’s also been concerns that Beneful is made in China.
But the company says it’s manufactured in the U.S.
A representative said via e-mail: “Our Beneful products are proudly made here in the United States. You can also find a listing of ingredients on our website, on each product’s individual product page.”
A few years ago, Purina and Waggin’ Train agreed to create a fund worth $6.5 million to compensate pet owners who claimed their animals were sickened after eating pet jerky that was made in China. Both PetSmart and Petco responded by pulling all pet treats made in China.
Here’s the wet beef stew ingredients:
Water sufficient for processing, beef, wheat gluten, liver, meat by-products, corn starch-modified, peas, carrots, rice, barley, artificial and natural flavors, salt, tricalcium phosphate, soy flour, potassium chloride, added color, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, choline chloride, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin A supplement, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, biotin, potassium iodide, sodium selenite.