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Pet food companies sued by consumers

Pet owners from Michigan and Florida have filed a nationwide class action against pet food industry giants because –according to them-they are misleading the public about the contents of their products.

The claimants say 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.

Waste products
According to the pet owners most pet food products –sold as premium products- actually contain "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.  

Financial damage
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.  Through the lawsuit, the claimants hope to recover financial damages for all pet owners who have been similarly deceived.  "Ultimately we are hopeful that our lawsuit will force the pet food companies to more accurately describe what is in their pet foods and to offer more healthful pet food options that provide pets with food quality similar to that provided in human food products."

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