Beneful is a brand of dog food produced by Nestle PurinaStore PetCare. One of the top selling brands on Amazon of dry dog food, each year Beneful is fed to over 14 million dogs. Introduced in 2001, the brand has recently begun to be criticized online by facebook bloggers talking about ingredients like propylene glycol which they often confuse with ethylene glycol, an ingredient used in anti-freeze. Propylene glycol is a common ingredient in human and pet food, isn’t a health concern, and is approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration.
According to a recent article in the Huffington Post, some pet owners recently brought a class-action suit related to the ingredients in Beneful (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carlotta-cooper/beneful-revisited_b_9851634.html). Nestle Purina said no tests, veterinarians, or any other type of proof showing Beneful isn’t safe, nutritious, and healthy has ever been presented. The company has also stated that the lawyers for the plaintiffs have changed the allegation numerous times. About 35% of the plaintiffs have withdrawn from the case. Nestle Purina has said they don’t plan to settle the case.
According to company scientists at Purina the company began developing recipes to reformulate Beneful dry dog foods several years ago. On May 9, 2016, Nestle Purina PetCare will begin offering new recipes for all 8 versions of Beneful. Of the 8 types of Beneful available, real meat will be the first ingredient in 7 of them. The roll out will begin with select retailers in the American southwest. Beneful dry dog food with the new recipe will be available nationwide by August 2016. The company explained that the new recipes have nothing to do with the law suit. They may change the recipes for Beneful wet dog food as well.
The reformulated Beneful will have no added sugar or propylene glycol. Although dyes are FDA approved, the company plans to reduce their use as well. However, Beneful will continue to have 23% to 28% protein, nutritious ingredients, and the great taste dogs love. That’s because Nestle Purina PetCare is always listening to their customers and looking for new and better ways to improve their products. Visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beneful for more info.