A proposed class action lawsuit filed in California against Blue Buffalo Pet Products, Inc. alleges that the dog food manufacturer knowingly makes, markets, and sells dog food contaminated with material and significant levels of lead.
The 24-page lawsuit was filed after the plaintiff claimed his dog, a 4-year old Cocker Spaniel/Poodle mix, experienced kidney disease and ultimately kidney failure as a result of ingesting the Blue Buffalo dog food products as his primary source of food.
The class action suit seeks to cover consumers in the United States who purchased any of the following dog food for household use (not for resale) between July 1, 2013 and the present:
- Blue Wilderness Chicken Recipe for Small Breed Adult Dogs
- Blue Freedom Grain-Free Chicken Recipe for Small Breed Adult Dogs
- Blue Basics Grain-Free Turkey & Potato Recipe for Adult Dogs
Note that each of the above products are sold by Blue Buffalo Pet Foods, Inc. along with claims that they contain “LifeSource Bits,” described on packaging and in advertising as a “precise blend of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals” selected by veterinarians and animal nutrition experts.
The suit alleges Blue Buffalo has knowingly advertised and sold dog food contaminated with lead without providing proper warning to consumers. It also asserts that Blue Buffalo Pet Products’ claims, that the contaminated food contains blends of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals is likely to deceive the public into believing the dog food is healthy and “holistic.”
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” the case states, “as the contaminated foods’ inclusion of an unsafe amount of lead creates a health hazard for dogs.”
Extended exposure to lead has been linked to chronic lead poisoning, cancers, developmental and reproductive disorders, and nervous system dysfunction.
Blue Buffalo will not comment on the pending litigation, but confirmed that they DO NOT test their pet food products for lead content.
At this time, the proposed lawsuit is only that – a proposed suit. At this time there is no publicly available evidence to support the lead contamination claims.