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Purina Lawsuit Claims Blue Buffalo Is Misleading Customers About Its Natural Ingredients
The Consumerist ^ | May 6, 2014 | Ashlee Kieler

Posted on 05/07/2014 5:26:52 AM PDT by Daffynition

There could be a rather large cat fight on the horizon. Nestle Purina PetCare is suing rival Blue Buffalo alleging the company is lying about the natural ingredients in its pet food.

St. Louis-based Purina filed a lawsuit [PDF] in federal court Tuesday accusing Blue Buffalo of false advertising, disparagement and unjust enrichment.

Purina, the maker of brands like Beneful and Friskies, claims that Blue Buffalo’s ads stating its products contain “only the finest natural ingredients” and “no chicken or poultry byproduct meals” are false and violate the Federal Lanham Act.

“This is not an action we take lightly,” Steven Crimmins, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Nestlé Purina, says in a statement. “We believe consumers deserve honesty when it comes to the ingredients in the food they choose to feed their pets.”

(Excerpt) Read more at consumerist.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Pets/Animals
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Here we go again. Lots of market share to serve up.


1 posted on 05/07/2014 5:26:52 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

Well then get a mole to work inside Blue for awhile and prove it...l


2 posted on 05/07/2014 5:30:46 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Daffynition

Have to look into this. My 10 year old maltese mix has only eaten Blue lamb & brown rice since he was 6 months old. Since he is only 10 lbs I wanted to find the best dog food I could give him and wanted to stay away from poultry. He is in excellent health, still has the abilities of a puppy and has never been sick. No signs of arthritis. I will stick with Blue and will look for their response.


3 posted on 05/07/2014 5:32:40 AM PDT by MomwithHope (Please support efforts in your state for an Aticle 5 convention.)
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To: Daffynition

My 13 year old labradoodle decided to catch and eat 2 live squirrels at the doggy park a couple of weeks ago—don’t know why. We’ve been going to that park nearly every day of her life, and she’s never paid any attention to the squirrels.

Anyway, it sure scared me, and I called the vet right away. He wasn’t unduly perturbed, just told me to watch her for a couple of days, and if any problems developed, to call him back.

Long story short—she’s fine. However, she probably ate some “by-products” that day.


4 posted on 05/07/2014 5:36:16 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: basil

Don’t really care what my pooch eats as long as every ingredient is made in America.


5 posted on 05/07/2014 5:38:28 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: Daffynition

Want the real best? If you live in the mid west, look at this. My daughter loves it for her dogs.

https://www.mypetcarnivore.com/

My Pet Carnivore is committed to the fact that dogs, cats and ferrets are carnivores and should be fed food that their bodies were designed to eat: a raw meat, bone and organ diet. Our purpose is to provide the very best quality of pet food from trusted, nutritious local sources.


6 posted on 05/07/2014 5:39:43 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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Dog Food Reviews

I'm not sure of the accuracy of their ratings. Still, it's an informative site regarding dog food.

7 posted on 05/07/2014 5:41:21 AM PDT by lysie
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To: MomwithHope

We feed our 9 year old lab BB. It is the only thing we’ve found that doesn’t make her puke. Yeah, we were graced with a dog with a glass stomach. ;-/ Therefore it doesn’t really matter what the advertising says, what Purina does. But it will be mildly interesting to see how BB handles this.


8 posted on 05/07/2014 5:47:14 AM PDT by ThunderSleeps (Stop obarma now! Stop the hussein - insane agenda!)
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To: Daffynition

I switched from a Purina brand to Blue and the difference in my dogs overall health and appearance is amazing.


9 posted on 05/07/2014 5:49:26 AM PDT by mom4melody
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To: Daffynition
I took my Yorkie to a new vet this past Monday and I asked about the food I give her which is Blue Buffalo for small dogs and they said that is fine. She eats at will and weighs a little less than five pounds. She is healthy and her Yorkie coat shines the way it should. Her stools are fine and she never has diarrhea and hasn't thrown up. I'm sticking with Blue Buffalo.
10 posted on 05/07/2014 5:49:26 AM PDT by Marcella (Prepping can save your life today. Going Galt is freedom.)
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To: MomwithHope

My Jack Russell was having seizures. ..no rhyhm or reason when or why. We switched her to BB and it was night and day. She has never had another seizure and that was almost 10 years ago. Every cat and dog in our house is fed BB. I can’t complain


11 posted on 05/07/2014 5:55:34 AM PDT by 4everontheRight (And the story began with..."Once there was a great nation......")
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To: Daffynition

I’m confused. Why isn’t chicken byproduct natural???


12 posted on 05/07/2014 6:01:45 AM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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All humans have their preferences for their pets, I suppose. I decided that since Purina has been in the animal chow business for a hundred and some years, they must know what they are doing. And it was what my grandparents and great grands used on their farms, so that’s my choice for my dogs. They are happy and healthy, so I will stick with it. YMMV


13 posted on 05/07/2014 6:04:35 AM PDT by onemiddleamerican (FUBO and all your terrorist agencies/buddies)
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To: Daffynition

Purina One chicken & brown rice (canned) - that’s what my small dogs get. 1st ingredient is chicken, 2nd ingredient is chicken broth; no corn meal


14 posted on 05/07/2014 6:30:11 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: onemiddleamerican

My vet agrees with you.

My 20-month old Akita is on Purina One lamb and rice kibble and eats a can and a half of Alpo/day. No problems. He gets some rice mixed into the wet food and some of whatever meat entree we are having. Some days he gets mackerel instead of Alpo. An egg 2x/week and the only *treat* he will eat are Beneful Hugs. He gets 2 of those a day.

He also steals any unattended black coffee and we really have to keep him away from red wine. He likes deer turds, too.

Dogs are omnivores. What they will eat in the wild would gross out most owners.

He’s healthy and fine.


15 posted on 05/07/2014 6:30:30 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: lysie

Thank you for that site.

Never knew there were that many pet foods out there.


16 posted on 05/07/2014 6:34:09 AM PDT by moovova
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Yes—I always look for the made in America label.


17 posted on 05/07/2014 6:37:01 AM PDT by basil (2ASisters.org)
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To: Daffynition

My vet, told me to feed my cats either Hills or BB. All I can tell you is both of them would vomit food or hairballs if I switched to other labels

I only fed Hills

They also liked chicken hearts and liver which I made for them lovingly. My butcher would always give that stuff to me on the house.


18 posted on 05/07/2014 6:37:26 AM PDT by Gefn (More cowbell)
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To: Daffynition

“Our scientists could not find a trace of blue buffalo anywhere in it.”


19 posted on 05/07/2014 6:38:50 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: onemiddleamerican
>>>>>since Purina has been in the animal chow business for a hundred and some years, they must know what they are doing.<<<<

Mc Donald's has been in the human chow business for a fifty and some years...

20 posted on 05/07/2014 6:42:27 AM PDT by DTA
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To: onemiddleamerican
>>>>>since Purina has been in the animal chow business for a hundred and some years, they must know what they are doing.<<<<

Mc Donald's has been in the human chow business for a fifty and some years...

21 posted on 05/07/2014 6:42:35 AM PDT by DTA
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To: onemiddleamerican
>>>>>since Purina has been in the animal chow business for a hundred and some years, they must know what they are doing.<<<<

Mc Donald's has been in the human chow business for a fifty and some years...

22 posted on 05/07/2014 6:42:37 AM PDT by DTA
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To: Daffynition

I’ve fed mine Taste of the Wild since they were pups. 4.5 stars overall from the pet food review site. They particularly love the Venison flavor.


23 posted on 05/07/2014 6:44:01 AM PDT by melissa_in_ga (Laz would hit it.)
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To: Daffynition

This company lost me the minute I saw their commercial, they have some woman sitting their talking about being a “pet parent” That told me right from the start they were schlocking BS and pandering to a segment of the market that would be easily manipulated and fall for it.

Not remotely surprised to find out their product claims are lies.


24 posted on 05/07/2014 6:52:17 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Daffynition

I’ve fed my dogs OLD ROY for years. They live a full life (14-16 years) and are in good shape.


25 posted on 05/07/2014 6:57:50 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

I got a mixed collie to age 14 on Gravy Train before her back legs gave out. Even the vet who put her down remarked that she had been very well-cared for to make it to that age. And the pitty/shepherd is about to turn 3 and seems to be doing just fine on the same food.


26 posted on 05/07/2014 7:10:28 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Don’t really care what my pooch eats as long as every ingredient is made in America.

That can be a challange to find. Some companies are now refusing to put the country of origin, but instead are saying, "Manufactered for ____________".

27 posted on 05/07/2014 7:26:48 AM PDT by aimhigh
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To: jsanders2001

28 posted on 05/07/2014 8:01:12 AM PDT by Daffynition (I stand with the Bundy Family!)
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To: MomwithHope
We have had good luck with BB....b/c our beloved, dopey Winchester suffers from a skin itch, if he is not on it. Other *premium* brands don't seem to cut it with him.

He's not a fussy eater, like some....will eat anything!


29 posted on 05/07/2014 8:16:37 AM PDT by Daffynition (I stand with the Bundy Family!)
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To: Daffynition
Yesterday I was at my local Wal-Mart buying a large bag of Purina Dog Chow for my loyal pet, Chipper, the Wonder Dog, and was in the checkout line when woman behind me asked if I had a dog.

What did she think I had, an elephant?

......................................

So since I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again.

I added that I probably shouldn't, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.

I told her that it was essentially a perfect diet and that the way that it works is to load your pants pockets with Purina nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again.

I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.

Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff an Irish Setter's ass and a car hit us both.

I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack - he was laughing so hard.

Wal-Mart won't let me shop there anymore.

30 posted on 05/07/2014 9:13:32 AM PDT by Osage Orange (I have strong feelings about gun control. If there's a gun around, I want to be controlling it.)
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To: moovova

You are welcome.


31 posted on 05/07/2014 3:28:01 PM PDT by lysie
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To: Daffynition

Our dogs have always done well on Purina feed. It’s kind of funny that our rough, tough cattle dog loves “Little Bites” for some reason.

She also gets table scraps.

Road kill and varmints are saved for special occasions.

Am I a bad “pet parent”?


32 posted on 05/07/2014 7:08:11 PM PDT by Cloverfarm
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