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BENEFUL DOG FOOD ALERT!!! We have received multiple notices of dogs dying after eating Beneful...
January 29th, 2007
Author: Stephanie Creekmore


Please read the following emails from people who have fed Beneful to their dogs. We have researched this and have come to the conclusion that the problem is with dog food that was purchased from Wal Mart stores around Christmas.

A week before Christmas we bought a bag of Beneful dog food at Wal-Mart, DeFuniak Springs, FL. On 12/23 I noticed a tan mold like growth on the dog food. Our 14 year old Dalmatian mix had been getting weaker by the day and by 12/24 she was near death. Glazed eyes, couldn't stand, eat, drink or control her functions. Her gums were white. We had to carry her to the yard and hold her up so she could go. The only thing she would eat was ham and turkey scraps. I spoke with a microbiologist and she said the mold growing in the dog food was toxic. It took a week for Sparky to regain her strength.

I did notify the manufacturer of Beneful, they were very sorry and are sending coupons. Said it was a rare happening.

I know in multi-dog households, it's tempting to buy dog food in bulk...
Please check your dry dog food for toxic mold. It could save the life of your pet.

This was a response to the first email that was in our forum... 

I didn't personally have a similar experience to yours, but a close friend did. When we started getting into the details, we found out that there were many cases of dog food (out of date) and other similar issues at Wal Mart. When the issue was brought up to the manager at the Wal Mart and my friend demanded that the food be removed from shelves, an employee said that the food was removed, but sent to another store. I would recommend trying to find an alternative to Wal Mart. I have and it has opened up a whole new world for me. They should be forced to remove the sign outside that says "always", because if you can shop around and can add, it is very misleasing. The sign should have to say "sometimes". Kelli

I ran out of my regular dog food Friday and got a bag of Beneful from my daughter that she had bought over Christmas when she was here visiting. It had not been opened. I fed to my dogs - one of my dogs started getting very listful and breathing rapidly Saturday night. I watched him and tried to make him comfortable. He was prone to airborne allergies so I assumed he was having one of his episodes. Saturday morning his gums whitened and he was feeling really bad. My vet was not available at that time. I went to the store and came back to find him dead. That quick! I came to work today and find that one of my coworkers lost his dog Friday after feeding him Beneful last week that he had bought around Christmas. This is seriously alarming and I will be pursueing this with the manufacturer. No coupons can replace our family member. I would like to see if there is a website where this may be documented.  Jan

Other emails received-

Stephanie-Ric spoke to Jan who submitted the notice above and was told that Beneful said they had no previous reports on this issue, which is contrary to multiple emails and calls we have received, most who cited direct contact and an offer of coupons from Beneful. We've even had posts to the forum, which was brand new and had only 5 members at the time. Jan's experience with an agent named Terri was better than what we heard from other people. Terri asked Jan to send samples of the dog food and they would analyze it. Terri also offered to pay for an autopsy of Jan's dog, but it was too late since the dog had already been buried. Ric asked Jan where the food was purchased, since the other reports all listed Wal Mart and yes, it was Wal Mart. For those of you who remember, the Diamond food problem from last year was also a problem with dog food. (We mistakenly listed Wal Mart as where the Diamond fiasco originated. Thanks to Kristen for the correction) From our experience, Purina is a responsible company, so it is not hard to figure out where a lot of these issues originate. We will be contacting Beneful today to hear how they are responding to this issue and will report it back here.

Contact with Beneful--Ric spoke with Lisa Culp from Beneful, who was unable to give an official response, but did seem concerned with the problem. She will send the information to corporate, who will give an official response. Lisa said she would contact us with any news, as soon as she has it. Any correspondence will be reported in our news section.

We are working on inserting a "Health Alert Ticker" on where these types of alerts can be found. As of now, I don't know of any site where notices of this type are available. Because of this, our alert is being put on the fast track. We take issues like this very seriously and will hold companies accountable for how they handle situations of this kind. Lets hope that Purina puts what is right above the bottom line.


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