A national settlement has been reached between a group of pet owners and Waggin' Train and Nestle Purina PetCare Company relating to jerky treats and pet deaths and illnesses.
Waggin' Train and Nestle Purina PetCare Company has agreed to establish a settlement fund of $6,500,000 that will be used to compensate pet owners who believe their pets were harmed by the treats.
Waggin’ Train and Nestle Purina do not admit to any wrongdoing. The written agreement states,"All parties entered into the agreement only to bring the litigation to a prompt and certain resolution.”
If approved, the settlement would allow pet owners to be compensated for veterinary costs, ongoing veterinary care and burial expenses.
Also, under the agreement (for a period of two years) the companies agree to use a single source supplier of the chicken used as an ingredient in the Dog Treat Products, the implementation of Quality Assurance and Quality Control practices relating to ingredient supply and manufacture of the Dog Treat Products, testing of the Dog Treat Products, and disclosure of the country of origin.
You can read the actual court agreement here: http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/Sections/NEWS/press_release_on_settlement.pdf
You can read a breakdown of the settlement here: