Wellness Pet Food Class Action – Filed July 2017; continues in 2018
(Updated 12 October 2018) + Wellness Pet Food (Dog) is sold in HK!
Wellness Pet Food – producer of pet food lines including Wellness Core was challenged with a Class Action Lawsuit in July 2017.
The Lawsuit alleged that Wellness Pet Food Dog Food series were contaminated with lead 鉛, arsenic 砒霜 and Bisphenol A 酚甲烷 (BPA). Specific dog foods from Wellness brand were tested by the plaintiffs, including:
- Wellness CORE Adult Dry Ocean Whitefish, Herring Meal and Salmon Meal (“CORE Ocean”) [FOOD 1]
- Wellness Complete Health Adult Dry Whitefish and Sweet Potato [FOOD 2]
According to the FDA in the United States, the allowable limits of these “contaminants” are:
- 10 parts per billion (ppb 十億分率) in apple juice
- [FOOD 1] contained 1,500 ppb of arsenic
- [FOOD 2] contained 1,200 ppb of arsenic
- That is, more than TEN times (10x) the allowable amount
- 5 parts per billion (ppb 十億分率) in bottled water
- [FOOD 1] contained 221 ppb of lead
- [FOOD 2] contained 220 ppb of lead
- That is, more than FORTY times (40x) the allowable amount
Bisphenol A (BPA) 酚甲烷
- Wellness CORE Ocean Product [FOOD 1] was found to contain “material and significant levels of BPA
Briefly, arsenic (inorganic) can contribute to serious illnesses and diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, brain function and immunity.
Meanwhile, Lead is classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” (cancer causing) by The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and can impact on the body’s development, reproductive ability and nervous system to name a few.
Lastly, BPA is quoted as “an industrial chemical that is an endocrine disruptor… linked to various health issues, including reproductive disorders, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and neurological problems”.
This Class Action Lawsuit does not address Wellness Cat Food quality.
Solid Gold Class Action – Filed July 2018
A Class Action has been filed in July 2018 against the pet food company Solid Gold Pet, LLC.
The filing alleges contamination of BPA, heavy metal, chemicals, and/or toxins. The filing also alleges “fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation” of its food products.
This information is found on the website www.truthaboutpetfood.com
Increased awareness and diagnosis of Dilated Cardiomyopathy – drastically low plasma Taurine levels
Updated on 26 July 2018
The US Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has issued a brief that updates on an increased number of cases of Dilated Cardiomyopathy. These cases in dogs are not presented in a routine manner, as affected dogs are not typically, genetically predisposed to Dilated Cardiomyopathy.
Rescue & Adopt – Greyhounds
Updated on 25 June 2018
Greyhounds’ lives are probably little to no different to race horses. They train and they are raced to win. Very likely, when one is deemed unsuccessful, the greyhound gets put-down (euthanized). Greyhounds can be re-homed when they are retired and they can make wonderful companions.
Check out the link above and join in the petition to rescues these dogs. If they are not rescued, they will likely be euthanized. Currently, very little greyhounds get to leave the city once retired.