Class Action Lawsuit FAQ’s

March 22, 2018

  1. Is there a lawsuit currently filed against Champion Petfoods?
  2. Yes. On March 1, 2018 a Class Action Complaint was brought in California against Champion Petfoods alleging that our dog food contains levels of “heavy metals and toxins” that might make the food unsafe. The claims asserted in the lawsuit are meritless and Champion Petfoods intends to vigorously defend itself in the litigation. Champion Petfoods is 100% confident that our foods are safe for pets and the people who care for them.

 

  1. Who brought this lawsuit against Champion Petfoods?
  2. The Class Action Complaint has been brought forward by individual consumers in Minnesota, California and Florida.

 

  1. Where did these people get their information and why are they suing us?
  2. Individual consumers in Minnesota, California and Florida have brought forward this Class Action Complaint based on allegations that our dog food contains levels of “heavy metals and toxins” that might make the food unsafe.

The Class Action Complaint makes reference to the Clean Label Project, which claims to be an initiative that tests pet foods for heavy metals and environmental contaminants. It appears the group has relied upon opaque testing methods to generate erroneous claims, but unfortunately, the group does not disclose its testing methodologies or procedures used, making it difficult to determine how the results were reached.

  1. What is your response to the lawsuit that was filed against you?
  2. We’ve been making foods for dogs and cats for over 25 years and are 100% confident that our foods are safe for pets and the people who care for them. While we plan to comprehensively refute the wide range of false allegations in a court of law at the appropriate time, in the interim we want you to be confident in the safety and quality of our products.

As ensured by the systematic testing of our products at two third-party laboratories using the Official Methods of Analysis by Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC), we believe that Champion foods are safe.

  1. How do we know Champion foods are safe?
  2. We source our ingredients from trusted partners who undergo a rigorous assessment prior to working with us and who are subject to regular audits by our Certification and Compliance team. Our meat is sourced from federally inspected facilities that only accept animals meant for human consumption and our fruits and vegetables are delivered fresh and whole daily.

Our FDA and SQF (Safe Quality Food) certified Kentucky DogStar® kitchens operate under HACCP-based food safety standards, and the facility was the first-ever recipient of the prestigious Global Markets Award; an international designation for food safety from the Global Food Safety Initiative.

Our foods are routinely and rigorously tested for nutritional requirements, heavy metals and other environmental contaminants.

  1. I’ve read recommendations online that I should be testing samples of Champion Petfoods myself, is that true?
  2. We understand that Pet Fooled is encouraging Pet Lovers to pay to have samples of ORIJEN and ACANA tested for arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury at a cost of $150 per sample.

For your peace of mind we want you to understand that monitoring heavy metal levels is an important control point for us, and has always been a part of Champion’s food safety and HACCP program. We systematically test ORIJEN and ACANA products for heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury) at two third party laboratories using the Official Methods of Analysis by Association of Analytical Communities (AOAC).

These are the exact heavy metals that Pet Fooled is encouraging you to pay for. We share statistically analyzed data from over the past 3 years in comparison with NRC standards for heavy metals and the MTL’s listed in the FDA Target Animal Safety Review Memorandum in a White Paper on our website. ORIJEN and ACANA Foods in Comparison to Pet Food Safety Standards

Rest assured that our foods and treats are safe. We want you to be confident in the safety and quality of our products and trust that this information is helpful. Should you have any other questions please feel free to contact us.

  1. When will you respond to the lawsuit?
  2. We plan to comprehensively refute the wide range of false allegations in a court of law at the appropriate time.

 

  1. What is BPA?
  2. Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, both of which have been approved for decades by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the European Food Safety Authority, and numerous other government agencies worldwide, for use in food-contact applications.
  1. Does Champion Petfoods use BPA free packaging?
  2. We have been assured by our supplier that all Champion Petfoods packaging is BPA free.

All Champion packaging is in full compliance with the CFIA in Canada, FDA in the USA and applicable packaging food additive regulations. In addition, the raw materials (including resins, additives and processing aids) used in the manufacturing of our food packaging are cleared for food contact and processing applications by Federal regulations.

 

  1. Does Champion test its foods for BPA?
  2. Testing from a third-party accredited laboratory ensures our foods are safe for cats and dogs. Along with these measures, we perform our own testing, which we are confident provides Pet Lovers with peace-of-mind.

As we use packaging that has been assured by our supplier to be BPA free, we do not actively test our foods for BPA levels due to the low risk of inclusion.