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PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


CONTACT: Russell Keith
Monday, May 14, 2007 (305) 358-6555

Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Pet Food
Companies and Retailers For Misleading Consumers
Regarding the Contents of Pet Food


“Premium” Pet Food Marketed and Sold as “Complete and Balanced” Has Historically Contained
Such Items as Euthanized Dogs and Cats, Restaurant Grease, Hair, Hooves, and Diseased Animals,
and Other Inedible Garbage

[MIAMI, FLORIDA] A cat and dog owner from Michigan and two cat and dog owners
from Florida have filed a nationwide class action against food industry giants Mars, Inc.,
Proctor and Gamble Co., Colgate Palmolive Company, Del Monte Foods, Co., and Nestle
U.S.A. Inc. These manufacturers have a combined approximate 70% of the market share
in the $16 billion dollar a year pet food industry. The suit also names as Defendants
Nutro Products, Inc., Menu Foods, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Target Corp., Publix
Supermarkets, Inc., Winn Dixie Stores, Inc., as manufacturers and marketers of their own
brand pet food and retailers PETCO Animal Supplies, Inc., Pet Supermarket, Inc., and
Petsmart Inc.

The Plaintiffs maintain that these companies have spent $300 million a year in making
false and misleading marketing statements regarding the contents of their pet food to the
dog and cat loving American public. While these Defendants tout their pet food products
as choice cuts of prime beef, chunks of chicken, fish, fresh wholesome vegetables and
whole grains to induce consumers to buy them, the Plaintiffs contend the food is actually
made from “inedible” slaughterhouse waste products of the human food chain such as
spines, heads, tails, hooves, hair, and blood. Rendering companies who process this waste
have also added other inedible “waste” such as euthanized cats and dogs from
veterinarian offices and animal shelters, road kill, zoo animals, rancid restaurant grease,
toxic chemicals and additives. Additionally, dead animals and those declared unfit for
human consumption due to disease and illness are also placed in the mix.

The lawsuit was filed in United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
by attorney Catherine J. MacIvor of the 23 attorney Miami litigation law firm of
Maltzman Foreman, PA. The case is pending before the Honorable Cecilia Altonaga.
Class Counsel, Catherine J. MacIvor says that “The melamine debacle is not the only~
serious problem with pet food. The number and frequency of lethal pet food recalls in the
last few years clearly shows the seriousness and extent of this problem.”

The lawsuit alleges that pet food companies market their products as wholesome, choice
cuts of meat, natural and complete and balanced diets even though they are fully aware
that this food is largely carbohydrates and sugars combined with toxic preservatives and
additives with very little to no meat at all. The lawsuit seeks damages to consumers for
the false representations made in the Defendants’ advertising as well as punitive
damages.

“Sadly,” MacIvor said, “the Defendant pet food companies and retailers recognized that
American pet owners love their cats and dogs like members of their family. The
Defendants deceptive advertising specifically marketed premium healthy food to the
American public knowing that they want to buy the best food that they can for their loved
one and knowing that the food consists largely of garbage, chemicals, additives, diseased
meat and even residual pentobarbital from euthanized animals.”

The 58 page lawsuit outlines in grotesque detail the actual manner in which most
commercial pet food in the United States is made. The lawsuit also attaches and cites
numerous news stories and research articles outlining the real content of the Defendant’s
pet foods and the misleading and deceptive advertising undertaken by the Defendants.

The Defendants targeted in the Complaint produce pet foods under a wide array of brands
and names including: Pedigree®, Sheba®, Goodlife Recipe®, Royal Canine, Iams®,
Eukanuba®, Science Diet®, Prescription Diet®, 9 Lives®, Amore®, Gravy Train®,
Kibbles-n-Bits® and Nature’s Recipe®, Snausages®, Milk Bone®, Pup-Peroni®, Meaty
Bone®, Canine’s Carry Outs®, Jerky Treats®, Wagwells®, Alpo®, Beneful®, Beggin’
Strips®, Dog, Cat, Puppy and Kitten Chow®, Fancy Feast®, Friskies®, Mighty Dog®,
Deli-Cat®, Pro Plan®, Purina One®, Natural Choice® Dog and Cat Products, Max® Dog
Products, Max® Cat Gourmet Classics, Natural Choice® Complete Care® for cats, Ultra™
Products for dogs, Americas Choice Preferred Pets, Authority, Award, Best Choice, Big
Bet, Big Red, Cadillac, Companion, Compliments, Demoulus Market Basket, Eukanuba,
Fine Feline Cat, Food Lion, Food Town, Giant Companion, Hannaford, Hill Country
Fare, Hy-Vee, Iams, J.E. Mondou, Laura Lynn, Li’l Red, Loving Meals, Medi-Cal,
Meijer’s Main Choice, Mighty Dog Pouch, Mixables, Natural Life, Nutriplan, Nutro
Max, Nutro Max Gourmet Classics, Nutro Natural Choice, Ol’ Roy, Paws, Pet Essentials,
Pet Pride, President’s Choice, Price Chopper, Priority US, Publix, Roche Brothers, Savea-
Lot Special Blend, Schnucks, Science Diet Feline Savory Cuts Cans, Sophistacat,
Special Kitty, Springfield Prize, Sprout, Stop and Shop Companion, Tops Companion,
Wegmans, Weis Total Pet, Western family US, White Rose, Winn Dixie, Your Pet,
LIFELong™, Ol’ Roy and Special Kitty
brands of pet food.

The lawsuit alleges, among other claims, that the pet food companies have fraudulently
and/or negligently misrepresented and concealed what is actually in their pet foods,
violated Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices, and Failed to Warn the public of the
health risks to animals associated with a diet consisting of their commercial pet foods.

Read MORE of the Press Release HERE!
Associated articles/pdf files:  Complaint 536 KB, 58 pages; and,  Exhibits - 3.84 MB, 156 pages


Evil  whaaa-hoo!  I think I may just join in THIS ONE !!

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This is a GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT to put the human and pet food manufacturer's of America on alert, that we will not tolerate vague labeling of our foods, any longer.

We want full disclosure of ingredients, source/country-of-origin, place of manufacturing & place of distribution, including a toll-free number.

Oh, by-the-way -- STOP POISONING OUR FOOD!!!
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