Purina Sues Blue Buffalo

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  • #41037 Report Abuse

    Who do you think will win?

    Purina – http://petfoodhonesty.com/thecomplaint.php#.U2kpofldVnA/?utm_campaign=adhoc&utm_medium=email&utm_source=exacttarget_PPUA_052014_01&utm_content=corporate-PU-NL_petfoodhonesty_cival_case



    Purina started off in 1894 as a livestock and animal food products. Eventually they worked their way to other pet care products and they’ve bloosomed ever since.

    Blue Buffalo – http://www.bluebuffalo.com/news/nestle-purina-response

    Blue Buffalo was founded in 2002, (not that long ago) and thats all the information I could find about it.

    Here’s another link that you might want to check out on Science Diet Sues Blue Buffalo http://truthaboutpetfood.com/science-diet-vs-blue-buffalo-again

    Personally I believe that these top name company’s wouldn’t sue Blue Buffalo if they didn’t know that they were talking about.

    #41041 Report Abuse

    Someone posted a link to the actual amounts found, they seemed miniscule. Could this be a contamination issue from another food processed in the same plant? I’m not a BB fan but I’d give them the benefit of the doubt over Purina.

    #41049 Report Abuse
    Hound Dog Mom

    The information can all be found here: http://truthaboutpetfood.com/purina-sues-blue-buffalo

    According to Purina:

    Two samples of Blue Buffalo Life Protection Chicken & Brown Rice Formula (which claimed to be free of chicken by-products) were tested at an independent laboratory and sample 1 was found to contain 25% chicken by-product (by mass) and sample 2 was found to contain 24% chicken by-product (by mass).

    The life source bits were tested as well for the nutrients they claimed to contain and were found to contain none or less than the amount in the kibble itself.

    I’m very interested in seeing how this all plays out.

    #41052 Report Abuse

    It’s the pot calling the kettle black. I think both are deceitful.

    #41164 Report Abuse

    I agree Betsy.

    #41194 Report Abuse

    Purina vs Blue Buffalo Update


    I found this statement very interesting

    Blue Buffalo uses third-party co-manufacturers to produce its foods, but Bishop said the company provides all of its own ingredients. Bishop said, however, that he trusts his manufacturers and that his firm has “people watching the manufacturers” closely for quality-control purposes.

    #41197 Report Abuse
    Hound Dog Mom

    To me there’s a big difference between saying “Our food contains X” (when it doesn’t) or “Our food is free of Y” (when it contains Y) as opposed to using undefined terms such as wholesome/healthy/etc. as descriptors for a product that may or may not be those things depending on opinion. To me outright lying about ingredients and putting a marketing “spin” on a product are two different things entirely. I don’t think what Blue Buffalo is allegedly doing is in any way similar to how Purina presents their products.

    #41198 Report Abuse

    I asked Blue Buffalo to tell me exactly from where do they source their vitamin / mineral premix; this was their response:

    Hi Betsy,

    Thank you for taking the time to contact BLUE. Our foods all are manufactured
    here in the USA. Many of our ingredients, such as our grains and meats, come
    from the USA except for our lamb and venison which can be free range from New
    Zealand. Where possible our suppliers are instructed to source their ingredients
    from the US. Where the ingredients are not readily available in the US, such as
    many vitamins, minerals and nutriceuticals, our suppliers will only work with
    reputable foreign companies, and subject all ingredients to rigorous quality
    testing. We do not source any ingredients from China. All of our ingredients
    are USDA approved and inspected.

    I hope this helps!

    Take care,

    Blue Buffalo Co.

    I responded that no, that the response didn’t help and asked my question again.

    Talk about spin. She tells me that when ingredients aren’t available in the U.S., their suppliers work with reputable foreign companies. But, she tells me that “we” don’t supply anything from China. She fails to tell me whether or not their suppliers procure vitamins / minerals from China. I’m sure they do, but it’s fun watching them try to make it looks as if they don’t.

    #41203 Report Abuse

    I completely agree with HDM. If it comes out that BB is doing this, that to me is more despicable than the way Purina markets itself. Purina-yes, can be misleading, but technically, they don’t outright lie. They don’t totally claim to be something they aren’t.

    I also don’t like the way BB has gone about this “We’re a small family company” “We are saddened that purina has resorted to attack tactics” etc…

    They aren’t that small. And they love to attack. I certainly don’t approve of Purina, but one way or the other, this furthers my choice of not using BB

    #41231 Report Abuse

    HDM, you’re absolutely right! At least Purina lists their terrible ingredients in their packaging for anyone to read.

    #41935 Report Abuse
    Mary M

    I think Purina is completely deceitful to the public with their advertising and presentation of their products. And they will say that “corn” is a healthy grain to feed your dog (saw that on the Beneful FB page). Why would they go after BB when their food is so much worse? It all seems very contrived and cutthroat.

    #42180 Report Abuse

    As expected, I never received a response from Blue Buffalo to my specific question asking from where their vitamin / mineral premix is sourced.

    #42236 Report Abuse

    Huh, they actually responded; but they’re still be evasive and didn’t give a straight answer to the question I asked.

    Here’s Blue Buffalo’s response:

    Hi Betsy,

    Thank you for taking your time to contact BLUE. While we do not purchase any of
    ingredients from China, we are not provided the list of our suppliers for our
    ingredients. I do apologize.

    Take care,

    Blue Buffalo Co.

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