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Dog Food Makers Face Multiple Class Action Lawsuits Following Vitamin D Recalls

  • Following on recalls of dog food due to excess Vitamin D in late 2018, manufacturers are facing lawsuits by dog owners claiming their pets were injured by the products in question.

  • According to FDA, analysis of the recalled dog foods by state and private labs indicate that the dog food contained as much as 70 times the intended amount of vitamin D, and all eight brands that were subject to the recall had been produced by the same contract manufacturer.

  • In one class action suit, filed against Hill’s Pet Nutrition in the Eastern District of New York, plaintiffs are claiming that the company delayed warning consumers.  Specifically, the suit claims that consumer complaints started in February 2018, 11 months prior to the company recalling its products in late January 2019.  Similar suits have been filed in Florida and California, and there may be more to come.

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