Beneful is a brand of web and dry dog food and treats offered by Purina. The brand uses imagery to suggest that their food contains healthy ingredients when in reality they use cheap low digestibility ingredients like Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, and corn gluten meal.
Beneful is a brand under the Nestle Purina company. The Beneful brand has had zero recalls. However, Nestle Purina has had 4 recalls across the brands they offer.
Purina Beneful has a staggering number of complaints online and many of the complaints appear to be valid. Just search Google for “Purina Beneful Complaints” and you’ll find a long list.
A recent lawsuit filed against Nestle Purina PetCare Company is claiming that one of the company’s most popular dog food brands contains toxins that are poisoning and even killing people’s pets.
The lawsuit, filed in California federal court earlier this month by pet owner Frank Lucido, alleges that thousands of dogs have become ill or died as a result of eating Beneful dry kibble dog food.
Lucido and his family owned three dogs — a four-year-old German Shepherd, an eight-year-old English Bulldog and an 11-year-old Labrador — and began feeding the pets Beneful exclusively beginning in late December or early January, according to the suit. Because of home renovations, the dogs were kept in three different houses.
By the end of January all three of the dogs became ill and the English Bulldog eventually died, according to the suit. A post-mortem examination revealed signs of internal bleeding in the dog’s stomach and lesions on his liver. Similar symptoms were found in Lucido’s German Shepherd, who became violently ill before the bulldog’s death. A veterinary exam of the dog also showed signs of internal bleeding and liver malfunction “consistent with poisoning,” the lawsuit said. Lucido’s two remaining dogs remain in veterinary care, his lawyer said. – Source
We believe there are many brands that offer higher quality pet food than Beneful. Beneful has been heavily marketed to pet parents with pictures of vegetables and meat when it really contains low digestibility ingredients, like corn. Additionally, Beneful contains artificial colors to make it more appealing to humans (does your dog care what color the food is?). Take a look at this list for alternative foods.