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lawsuit for Champion ( Acaina and Orajen)

Post by Dutchringgirl » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:35 pm

Lawsuit filed against Champion Pet Food – Acana and Orijen
Consumers in Minnesota, California and Florida are suing Champion Pet Food for “False Advertising”, violations of “feed law”, and numerous other charges. The lawsuit includes results of heavy metal testing and includes results that this dry dog food contains BPA – a chemical typically not associated with dry/kibble pet foods.

This is a Class Action lawsuit – currently representing consumers in Minnesota, California and Florida. The consumers are suing Champion Pet Food “for their negligent, reckless, and/or intentional practice of misrepresenting and failing to fully disclose the presence of heavy metals and toxins in their pet food sold throughout the United States. Plaintiffs seek both injunctive and monetary relief on behalf of the proposed Classes (defined below), including requiring full disclosure of all such substances in its marketing, advertising, and labeling and restoring monies to the members of the proposed Classes.”

The lawsuit claims Champion pet foods (Acana and Orijen) “contain levels of arsenic, mercury, lead, cadmium” “known to pose health risks to humans and animals, including dogs” and interestingly for a kibble pet food…the lawsuit claims the dry pet food contained “BISPHENOL A (“BPA”)”.

https://www.animalhealthfoundation.net/ ... PN5HkE3MGE
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Post by Dutchringgirl » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:35 pm

I just switched to Victor
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Re: lawsuit for Champion ( Acaina and Orajen)

Post by centrop67 » Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:25 pm

Search this site for Orijen and you get over 150 matches. It's been highly recommended for a long time (going back to 2010).

The lawsuit is not exactly new. I believe it was filed April of last year.

Earlier this year, a judge threw out a part of the lawsuit, because it couldn't be proven that BPAs were bad for dogs. :duh:

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Re: lawsuit for Champion ( Acaina and Orajen)

Post by Dutchringgirl » Tue Jul 02, 2019 12:03 pm

I know this has been going on for a very long time. I have , though been seeing more and more people who are not happy anymore with the brands. It seems to be gaining traction. It is definitely not as good as it used to be and not worth the money any more IMO.
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Re: lawsuit for Champion ( Acaina and Orajen)

Post by SEL » Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:48 am

I saw news stories about that lawsuit too and I think it was dismissed. When I first saw it, I did some digging and found that the information about the levels of the heavy metals in the dog food was coming from the Clean Label Project. I saw this article below (I'm not promoting any site, the article just has some interesting information). So I took a look at the ratings of dog food on the Clean Label Project site. I wouldn't feed some of those 5 star rated dog foods to my dog if someone gave the food to me for free!!! This organization sounds shady in my opinion.

https://www.cleanlabelproject.org/produ ... -dog-food/

http://www.greendogpetsupply.com/blog/our-take-on-the-orijenacana-class-action/
Our Take on the Orijen/Acana Class Action Lawsuit
I’m sure you have started to hear some things about a class action lawsuit filed against Champion Pet Foods, the makers of Acana and Orijen pet foods. We believe the claims asserted in the lawsuit are merit-less and Champion Pet Foods does intend to vigorously defend itself in the litigation. 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 other 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.
We first learned of this issue almost a year ago, when a news story covered the Clean Label Project’s allegations against Champion foods. On first look the Clean Label Project looks to be the organization we’ve always wanted; an independent testing organization that would help to monitor pet food for contaminants like aflatoxins, lead, nutritional quality, etc. However it was surprising to us that many of the foods that received 5 star reviews were lower quality big name corn-based products (see link above to read about recent aflatoxin testing done on corn), and that some of the companies that we carry with exceptional sourcing and testing standards in place were getting both 5 star reviews on some flavors, and 1 star reviews for others within the same line. Even companies like Small Batch that sources only pastured animals and organic fruits and vegetables, no synthetic vitamins or minerals (and no fish, which could be likely sources of metals, etc) had formulas with poor reviews. It caused us some frustration to realize that the Clean Label website seems to list some of the guidelines for what they’re testing for, yet none of the products that received poor ratings had any explanations for what exact variable was found that caused the poor ratings, let alone divulging the levels found for that variable. We attempted to contact them with no response. We of course spoke to each company that we carry that had received poor ratings for an explanation, but all of them were frustrated by the complete lack of communication (and therefore transparency) from Clean Label. We noticed that they encouraged the public to buy pet foods through a link on their site and said that the proceeds would support testing, and later heard from a few of the companies we carry that Clean Label was telling them that they would give them the results of the testing if they agreed to a very steeply priced certification service.

Back to the company at hand: Orijen/Acana (Champion Foods) has long had rigorous safety testing and monitoring for levels of heavy metals. They source BPA free bags, and in their words, “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). Heavy metal testing is an important control point for our food safety and HACCP plans to control chemical hazards in our foods. We have statistically analyzed three years of data collected from May 2014 to May 2017 and compared the results against the NRC standards for heavy metals and the MTLs listed in the FDA Target Animal Safety Review Memorandum. All heavy metals in ORIJEN and ACANA are from natural sources and not from artificial or industrial sources. All heavy metal results for ORIJEN and ACANA are well below the maximum tolerable limits set by the NRC Committee on Mineral and Toxic Substances in Diets and Water for Animals. In conclusion, the heavy metals reported in ORIJEN and ACANA foods do not lead to adverse effects or food safety concerns for dogs and cats, and results are reinforced by Champion’s 25 years of excellence and international leadership in companion animal nutrition”.
They created a “White Paper on Heavy Metal Testing that explains this statement and shares these test results. Please take a look at it here: https://www.championpetfoods.com/wp-con ... Metals.pdf

As a matter of interest, we found this Reddit article https://www.reddit.com/r/Pets/comments/ ... ean_label/ that discusses past activities of Clean Label Product that if accurate, may shed light on their business practices.
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Re: lawsuit for Champion ( Acaina and Orajen)

Post by Dutchringgirl » Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:32 pm

I switched any way, I noticed a decline in the quality, the bags aren't vacuumed packed any more and my girls poops are soft now.
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