All of dry Purina pet foods that have kibbles are made of low quality, grain based ingredients. Any company that can sell any dry pet food kibble at a lowest price among branded pet foods is a suspect. The low price comes at a cost. Purina Pet foods are made from lowest quality by products of human food industry. When Purina claims claims that they use highest quality ingredients it is a lie. The by products of human food industry are not edible products so the question of highest quality is a marketing ploy. For the past 70 years Purina ruled the pet food world and they created a generation of pets that are obese, have a lower quality of life .Cats and dogs are carnivores and deliberately feeding them grain based pet food for all these years and justifying that grains is dishonest way to make money. Profits trump truth, and they have created a business that is worth 20 billion dollars globally.
Nestle Purina or Deception Purina . What is it. This company has been hiding behind deceptive advertising practices to build a big pet food business globally. Beggin Strip is 70% low grade wheat flour, rest water, fillers, animal meat digests, artificial colors and meals. It has artificial bacon flavor at 0.1% and zero bacon. They promote it as bacon dogs love. The cost of beggi strip is almost %$ 6-8 / lb at retail. Why not feed real bacon which is healthy and has no fillers and meat digests at 1/4 of the cost
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Who uses these brutally treated chickens? Purina uses these kind of chicken in Beneful dog foods, Friskies cat foods, Beggin strip etc.
Will you eat chicken from Tyson. Will you buy pet foods from Purina?
Deception is a part of marketing campaign for large CPG companies. Global company that has committed genocide on third World children by promoting its infant formulas as being the best and better than breast milk to poorest of the poor in developing countries, selling jerky treats that killed many dogs, selling noodles with high levels of lead and monosodium glutamate in India, not paying correct taxes in respective countries and siphoning the money back to Switzerland. Claiming to be a nutrition company while selling chocolates, pizzas, and junk foods. When such deception happens more often than not should the public buy the food or pet food products from such a company.
The best we as consumers can do is to boycott the company and punish such companies and hit their bottom line.
No company is immune to wrath of consumers. The Company Nestle-Purina has several strikes
1. Death of dogs and cats in Melamine scandal
2. Death of dogs from Wagging Train LLC jerky treats
3. Death of dogs from Beneful
4. Death of dogs and cats from several smaller brands
5. Continued struggle against Blue Buffalo
6. Too many good products from smaller companies taking away market share
7. Deliberately misleading the public, veterinarians and US FDA and USDA by incorrect labeling, not declaring all the ingredients in the label, firing Purina employees who question the company products
All these make me strongly believe that this company should be doomed for the welfare of the dogs and cats
Nestle Purina recently saturating the air waves with commercials of happy people with Beneful bags in their factory is another way to get back into selling more of the trash product. Perhaps they are so desperate that they have to sell even if the product is bad. Their strategy may be to quit the pet business by killing all dogs with their beneful product or their other brands such as dog chow, Pro-plan, or Chef Michael etc. May be it is a Jihadist mentality any way -Purina is thinking “I am dying, may become bankrupt so why not destroy all the pets before I die”,
The nutritionists who worked at Purina when Beneful was launched were later fired. The goal is to dominate the pet food market our way-The nestle Purina way . The Purina way is ” You are with us or with Terrorists” – Who is the terrorist?
Nestle SA the owner of Nestle Purina is notorious for deception, manipulation of facts, bribing officials in developing countries, and buying the public opinion with their pocket books not to mention they are also notorious tax dodgers.
Recently Nestle was sued by Indian Government for selling Maggi noodles contain high levels of lead and unauthorized ingredients. The Nestle has pulled off all its Maggi noodles in the country and is blaming the Indian officials for incompetence.
It is time for US and Indian courts to punish this Swiss company for its bad behavior. The fines must be debilitating so that this Swiss company behaves properly in the future
Large Food companies and pet food companies have been very deceptive. The European giant like Nestle is notorious for deceptive claims and not declaring all the ingredients on the label and hiding the profits and not pay taxes on profits for almost 100 years. It is soon catching up. The recent incidence of Maggi noodles in India is a solid proof these irresponsible and negligent activities by Nestle
The Indian Food Authorities found high levels of lead and high levels of mono-sodium glutamate in Maggi noodles. The Swiss company Nestle thought that they could get away with this . But it is unlikely to go away at-least in the near future. How many Indians would have been affected by such negligent activity of the Swiss company no body knows. The arrogance of these large conglomerates is that they think all the developing countries do not have resources to find out what is their product and that they can sell anything and get away with it. The population is big and even if the margins are low we can make a lot of money in these poor countries that is the attitude of Nestle. The Swiss banks have been shielding criminals, money launderers, drug dealers, corrupt politicians with their bank secrecy laws.
The millennial generation can see through this deception. The growing momentum in goods and services offered by local farmers markets, organic farming, supporting local businesses is evidence that the younger generation are getting away from large conglomerate who are deceptive, untrustworthy and destroy local jobs. This means only one thing . The large conglomerates like Nestle will be a dying breed
Reasons: Too many ingredients not declared on the label, High levels of grains such as rice, wheat etc, low quality proteins from Corn gluten meal
Purina® Pro Plan® Shredded Blend Adult Dog Food
For example Declared ingredients on a dog product label are as follows:
Chicken, Brewers Rice, Whole Grain Wheat, Poultry By-Product Meal (Natural Source of Glucosamine), Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat preserved with Mixed-Tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), Whole Grain Corn, Soy Flour, Corn Bran, Soybean Meal, Fish Meal (natural source of Glucosamine), Animal Digest, Glycerin, Salt, Dried Egg Product, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Sulfur, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Zinc Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, Manganese Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Garlic Oil, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Biotin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Sodium Selenite
Ingredients that are not declared on the label are Follows
Ethoxyquin (Used to preserve fish meal, and poultry by product meal)), sulphur, Butylated hydroxyaniosole, butylated hydroxytoulene, animal digest contains beef viscera, beef liver, enzymes, sodium hydroxide, phosphoric acid, chemical de-foaming agents(dimethicone),Ethoxyquin is a carcinogen, sulphur is a potent carcinogen and allergen,
Most vitamin and mineral ingredients are from China which are Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Sulfur, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Zinc Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, Manganese Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Garlic Oil, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Biotin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity), Sodium Selenite
Carnivorous Pets like dogs and cats need healthy foods. The US pet industry dominated by a few large players cannot provide healthy foods for dogs and cats. Most pets have a poor quality of living even though they live long. The increase life span at home is predominantly due to availability of healthcare for pets. Commercial pet food related illnesses have multiplied over the past 75 years. Why?
Most well known Commercial pet foods are made of grains which are also cheap fillers and are a by product of food industry, secondly big players add so many chemicals and preservatives that are never declared on the label( this is basically cheating),, large commercial pet food manufacturers use vitamins and minerals which are almost 99% made in China, . When you have well known commercial pet foods that contain so many chemicals which are not declared on the label, pet suffer their entire life. They become obese, suffer from arthritis, various forms of cancer, diabetes, etc.
The best food for pets is fresh real meat that can be easily cooked at home or can be fed as such. The vitamins and mineral needs can be easily accomplished with vitamin pills available in many pet stores.
At the end of the day, cats and dogs may live long in the US but the quality of life is just unbearable even compared to street dogs and cats in many developing countries