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Milo’s Kitchen and Del Monte hit with class action lawsuit over deadly dog treats

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A class action lawsuit was filed California Superior Court on June 22 against food giant Del Monte Corporation and it’s subsidiary Milo’s Kitchen; the class action lawsuit brought against Del Monte for manufacturing, distributing and marketing jerky dog treats that are toxic and resulted in the near fatal illness of Susan Webster’s dog, a King Charles spaniel mix named Carter, after ingesting Milo’s Kitchen jerky treats containing chicken imported from China.

To date, Milo’s Kitchen and Del Monte deny all claims that their treats are toxic.  The Food and Drug Administration issued a “cautionary warning” to pet parents as early as 2007, and again in 2011, after it received complaints that dogs were being sickened by treats that contained chicken jerky from China.

The FDA announced in May 2012 that it had received almost 1,000 reports of sick or dead dogs who had eaten certain chicken jerky treats, including the Waggin’ Train and Canyon Creek Ranch brands produced by Nestle Purina PetCare Co., and the Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Jerky Treats.

In the lawsuit Susan Webster claims the companies failed to properly investigate and test the potential toxicity of Milo’s Treats, wrongfully marketed the product, failed to warn consumers about the potential dangers and did not recall or discontinue sale of the treats and accuses the companies of false advertising and consumer law violations, breach of implied warranties and negligence. Susan also wants the chicken jerky removed from the shelves and seeks unspecified damages.

Anyone wishing to join Susan in the lawsuit should contact the lawfirm Khorrami, LLP in Los Angeles at 213.596.6000 or visit their website at


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