Lawsuit: WellPet’s Wellness Dog Food Contaminated with Arsenic and Lead
by Erin Shaak
Last Updated on May 8, 2018
Zeiger et al v. WellPet LLC et al
Filed: July 19, 2017 ◆§ 3:17-cv-04056
A proposed class action lawsuit filed against WellPet LLC and its parent company – Berwind Corporation – alleges that some of the defendants’ Wellness dog food products contain dangerous amounts of arsenic and lead.
A proposed class action lawsuit filed against WellPet LLC and its parent company – Berwind Corporation – alleges that their Wellness dog food products contain dangerous amounts of arsenic and lead. The defendants supposedly market their products as having “Uncompromising Nutrition” and “Unrivaled Quality Standards,” which, the suit argues, would lead consumers to believe that the pet food is free of toxins. The plaintiffs argue, however, that the food they fed their dogs contained over 1,000 ppb (parts per billion) of arsenic and over 200 ppb of lead, as reported in independent lab tests. The complaint labels arsenic as “a known cause of human cancer” and claims that lead can build up in the body over time and cause “severe brain and kidney damage, among other issues, and ultimately cause death.”
The lawsuit names the following potentially contaminated products:
- Wellness CORE Adult Dry Ocean Whitefish, Herring Meal and Salmon Meal
- Wellness Complete Health Adult Dry Whitefish and Sweet Potato
The plaintiffs claim they never would have spent a premium price on the defendants’ allegedly mislabeled dog food had they known the truth about the products’ ingredients. They argue that the defendants’ “long-standing” marketing campaign unlawfully deceives consumers into thinking Wellness products are “healthy and safe,” when in reality, they may lead to sickness or death in consumers’ pets.
This case is the latest in a string of lawsuits alleging that pet food companies unlawfully market and sell products that contain dangerous substances. Read more about them below:
Camp Lejeune residents now have the opportunity to claim compensation for harm suffered from contaminated water.
Read more here: Camp Lejeune Lawsuit Claims
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