Diamond Pet Foods and its operating company are on the wrong side of a proposed class action centered on allegations that Diamond's dog food products are contaminated with undisclosed amounts of heavy metals, pesticides, acrylamide and/or bisphenol A (BPA).
Filed in California, the 36-page lawsuit argues Diamond Pet Foods’ representations of its dog food are deceptive and misleading in that no disclaimer exists regarding the alleged presence of the aforementioned toxins. The case further chides the defendants for their alleged failure to disclaim that “these toxins can accumulate over time” in a dog’s body “to the point where poisoning, injury, and/or disease can occur.” From the complaint:
“The Defendants' marketing wrongfully conveys to consumers that [the defendants'] Contaminated Dog Foods have certain superior qualities and characteristics that they do not actually possess.
For instance, although [the defendants] misleadingly lead consumers to believe their Contaminated Dog Foods do not contain Heavy Metals, pesticides, acrylamide, or BPA through their Marketing and omissions, [Diamond Pet Foods'] Products do in fact contain undisclosed Heavy Metals, pesticides, acrylamide, and/or BPA, which are material to reasonable consumers.”
The specific types of Diamond Pet Foods products named in the lawsuit include:
Taste of the Wild Grain-Free High Prairie Canine Formula Roasted Bison and Roasted Venison Dry Dog Food;
Taste of the Wild Prairie Puppy Formula Grain-Free; and
Taste of the Wild Grain-Free Pacific Stream Canine Formula Smoke Salmon Dry Dog Food.