Purina Rejects Dog Food Suit As 'Trendy Social Media Hysteria'

By Sindhu Sundar (April 3, 2015, 7:06 PM EDT) -- Nestle Purina Pet Care Co. sought Thursday to dismiss a proposed class action that claims its Beneful dog food products contain animal toxins including the flavoring chemical propylene glycol, arguing that the suit targets a safe product based on "trendy social media hysteria."

In a motion to dismiss filed in California federal court, Purina slammed the allegations by plaintiff Frank Lucido, who had filed a suit in February claiming that the Beneful dry "kibble" dog food products contain propylene glycol, which is used as antifreeze in automotives. Purina argued that propylene glycol is not just a common flavoring ingredient, but also...

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