Consumers’ cases against Gravy Train maker consolidated

Thanks, Phyllis Entis, for not only writing those great Damien Dickens mysteries, but also for her cogent, timely, and sometimes life-saving news about contaminated food alerts. Dog lovers take note: Gravy Train dog food has big problems!


This story by Phyllis Entis first appeared in Food Safety News and is reposted here with permission

A class action lawsuit was filed May 1 in Northern California against Big Heart Pet Brands Inc. on behalf of consumers and businesses who bought pentobarbital-contaminated dog food manufactured by the company.

Big Heart is owned by the J.M. Smucker Co. 

The lawsuit, referred to as a master consolidated complaint, consolidates four similar actions filed in February and March against the company.

The complaint accuses Big Heart of several counts, including negligent misrepresentation, violation of California’s Consumers Legal Remedies Act, false advertising, negligence, breach of express warranty, breach of implied warranty, fraud and deceptive and unfair trade practices.

Plaintiffs are seeking an order preventing Big Heart from selling the contaminated dog food, a mandatory corrective advertising campaign, full restitution and an unspecified amount of actual, statutory and punitive damages.

The pentobarbital problem…

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