The makers of Greenies dog treats have settled a class-action lawsuit claiming the treat injured or killed close to a dozen dogs.
Beginning in 2005, pet owners claimed that their dogs either choked on pieces of Greenies or were injured when undigested pieces became trapped in their intestines. The media outlets picked up on the story, and a CNN report from last year estimated at least 13 dogs had died of problems related to eating Greenies.
In the lawsuit, pet owners claimed S&M NuTec, the company that invented Greenies, knew of the dangerous risks from dogs eating Greenies, but they didn’t adequately warn consumers or pull them from shelves.
The company said the dental chew treats were safe when used as directed and when the correct size of Greenies was given to a dog.
The attorney, who represented 10 dog owners against the Kansas city manufacturer, said the case was settled but would not go into specific terms.
Last year, S&M NuTec was acquired by Mars.
As a result of the complaints, the company changed the packaging of the products to make warnings more visible. They also came out with a formula that is said to be more digestible and designed to break down into smaller pieces during chewing.
Source: Kansas City Star