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Purina Sues Blue Buffalo

Posted by Administrator on 5/6/2014 to Nutrition
Purina Sues Blue Buffalo 
Filed in court today (5/6/14). Purina Pet Foods is suing Blue Buffalo Pet Foods because (Purina says) they aren’t being honest about their ingredients. Gloves are off. On the new Purina website – www.PetFoodHonesty.com (no kidding – this is a Purina website) – Purina makes a bold announcement they are suing Blue Buffalo “because we believe the Blue Buffalo is not being honest about the ingredients in its pet food.” Purina shares that Blue Buffalo’s advertising and packaging state “NO Chicken/Poultry By-Product Meals”. Purina is challenging this statement through “independent laboratory” testing that found “Blue Buffalo’s top-selling ‘Life Protection’ pet food products actually contain substantial amounts of poultry by-product meal.” And Purina claims that independent tested showed “Blue Buffalo ‘LifeSource Bits’ contain poultry by-product meal and corn. In addition, several Blue Buffalo products promoted as ‘grain-free’ actually contain rice hulls”. Some of the highlights of the complaint filed in court today (5/6/14)… 
Nature of Action 
1. In short, Blue Buffalo is not being honest with consumers about the true ingredients of Blue Buffalo products. 2. Spending roughly $50 million per year on advertising… Investigation and scientific testing by an independent laboratory completed in April 2014 reveals as follows: Blue Buffalo Product Claimed to Contain no Poultry by-Products Life Protection Indoor Health Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Percentage Poultry by-Product Meal in Kibble (Two Samples) 25%, 24% Remarkably, for some Blue Buffalo products, chicken/poultry by-product meals comprise upwards of 20% of the product by weight, despite the “NO Chicken Poultry By-Product Meals” wording on the label. 7. Blue Buffalo’s behavior is unlawful and just plain wrong. Through this legal action, Purina seeks to halt Blue Buffalo’s pattern of false advertising and consumer deception. 25. Blue Buffalo even has a staff of salespeople who dress similarly to pet store employees and approach consumers in pet store parking lots… 28. Blue Buffalo has created what it calls “LifeSource Bits” that it represents as being “vitamins, minerals and antioxidants” that are allegedly “cold-formed” pieces of kibble included in its pet food. Blue Buffalo touts its LifeSource Bits as offering a series of special health benefits for pets. 29. In actuality, Blue Buffalo’s “LifeSource Bits” do not contain enough nutrients to effectively deliver the claimed health benefits. 34. Numerous other Blue Buffalo advertising claims relating to the LifeSource Bits in its pet food are false and misleading. For example, Blue Buffalo claims that its LifeSource Bits contain Taurine “for healthy eyes and heart.” The LifeSource Bits, however, contain little or no Taurine. Likewise, Blue Buffalo touts Vitamin D in the LifeSource Bits “for healthy bones and tissue.” But the LifeSource Bits actually have less Vitamin D than the remaining kibble component. Similarly, Blue Buffalo cites L-Carnitine in the LifeSource Bits “for endurance and fat metabolism.” In actuality, there is little or no L-Carnitine in the Blue Buffalo LifeSource Bits. All in all, Blue Buffalo’s LifeSource Bits are falsely advertised as having many qualities and benefits they simply do not have. (k) Ordering Defendant to pay Purina: i. Treble actual damages, costs, and reasonable attorneys’ fees pursuant to 15 U.S.C. 1117; ii. Blue Buffalo’s profits and cost savings from sales of its products resulting from its false advertising practices; and iii. Pre-judgment and post-judgment interest. (l) Awarding Purina such other and further relief as this Court may deem just and proper.
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