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Class action lawsuit filed against Mars Petcare - KOAM TV 7

Class action lawsuit filed against Mars Petcare

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Mars Petcare defends itself after some former workers in Southeast Kansas file a class action lawsuit.  Mars Petcare makes Pedigree and other pet foods sold at many major retailers.

A former employee at one of Mars Petcare's manufacturing facilities in Galena, Kansas doesn't want his identity released.

"Retaliation from the company," says the former worker.  "It's huge.  It's going to be the biggest thing to hit this area.  It's going to be a corporate killer."

Court documents filed in Jasper County, Missouri claim the pet food company should have known about the danger condition of phosphine gas levels, but failed to warn of that condition or remove it.

"It causes respiratory and intestinal damage," says the former worker.  "We don't know how much.  We know there was stuff coming in that was fumigated and was not listed as being fumigated that went straight into making pet food."

Mars Petcare tells us in a statement that their associates are their top priority, and we're confident our on site programs meet all federal safety standards.  Both their OSHA and independent third party testing results confirm their phosphine levels to be well below OSHA guideline standards.

The plaintiff we interviewed says he and others found out about the alleged high levels of toxins in 2012, when Mars gave them handheld air monitors.

"They said the way the drought is, the farmers would be putting stuff under gas to kill the bugs.  And that's when they gave us the meters.  They would have logs where they kept track of what the readings were, and they started taking those.  They wouldn't let us know, and they forged our signatures, saying the levels were at zero," says the former worker.

The plaintiff says some grains were rejected at Mars because of high levels of toxins.

"It would go to pig farms and the grain drivers would also take it to chicken factories," says the former worker.

Mars officials tell us the case is still in its beginning phase.

Click the associated links to view the court documents related to this case, and Mars Petcare's full response, including the purpose of phosphine.

Mars Response

Mars Complaint

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