Purina Grain-Free Dog Foods Allegedly Contain Grains

Imagine deliberately seeking out a grain-free or limited-ingredient dog food because your dog has an allergy to wheat or soy, for example, only to learn that the product is not actually wheat-free or soy-free.

That’s what happened to a number of consumers who purchased Purina Pro Plan Adult Sensitive Skin & Stomach Salmon & Rice Formula, Purina Pro Plan Adult Sensitive Skin & Stomach Lamb & Oat Meal Formula, and Purina Beneful Grain Free with Farm-Raised Chicken accented with Blueberries, Pumpkin
and Spinach.

Purina Grain-Free

So they filed a lawsuit against Purina at the end of August. Each of the plaintiffs tells the story of having an allergic dog that improved when eating only whole foods. But that was an expensive proposition. So they switched to one of these grain-free products but discovered the allergic symptoms recurred. How could that be if the particular product did not contain the offending allergen?


According to the suit:

…independent testing of the Subject Foods confirms that these representations are false. Both Pro Plan formulas contain significant amounts of wheat, while the Beneful formula contains significant amounts of soy.

The complaint does not specify the exact amounts of the offending ingredients that were discovered, however. “Significant amounts” to the plaintiffs may be trace amounts to a judge.

As a result of their test finding, the plaintiffs alleged that Purina misrepresented the contents of these premium-priced products. As such, they say they overpaid for them or wouldn’t have purchased them in the first place.

Undeclared ingredients may be an industry-wide problem in the pet food business according to prior studies. Researchers in 2014, for example, found that 82% of products tested contained certain ingredients that were not listed on the label. That is a scary thought if you have to carefully watch what you feed your pet.

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6 thoughts on “Purina Grain-Free Dog Foods Allegedly Contain Grains”

  1. I couldn’t imagine having to navigate that minefield as a pet owner.

    I want to believe the pet owners, but I also want to keep an open mind. There is definitely the potential for issues on both sides here. There’s a non-zero chance that the amount of grain in the food is so slight that it couldn’t be aggravating the allergy and that the owner’s are “creating” this problem in their mind.

  2. Liars use statistics, statistics can lie, and no statistics means the laboratory lights are out and the reader is left in the dark. If the pooches’ skin condition – which was the point of purchasing the products – recurred, why is that not mentioned as a basis for the suit? Cause and effect, right?

  3. Over 15 yrs ago I got my first mini schnauzer she was 8 wks by the time she wa almost 2 she was having so many UTI’s and all the vet did was give her antibiotics, but they always came back, so I went to a holistic vet and I started doing alot of research and found out just what they put in dog food (road kill for one) my baby wasn’t going to eat any of that, so after more research I switched to a RAW diet and she never had another one. Corn is the biggest cause of allergies,but there are so many others. When a Vet is in school they are not taught about diets and only these food manufactures (the big 3) spin theirs’ is the best. I now have a 12 yr old who has eaten raw since he was 8 wks old and has never been to a vet.
    Do your own research about every thing that is going on with your dog or cat.
    I’m not saying vets don’t have any empathy but like other business IT’S all about the MONEY

  4. Even trace amounts can be bad and cause an allergic reaction. Just think about the people who are very allergic to peanuts. Those allergies do not need much more then a very small amount (trace) to get them to have an allergic reaction.
    If these companies are allowing a small minimum to go into the food as certain small amounts do not legally have to be counted then they are not truly Grain Free.

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