Kansas City, MO: (Oct-08-07) A class action lawsuit was brought against S&M NuTec LLC, makers of Greenies dog treats, alleging that the product had injured or killed their animals. Greenies were hard green dog treats resembling a toothbrush that were made to freshen dogs breath. Sources stated that the packaging on the treats suggested that the treats were fully edible. Several dog owners brought suit against the company in 2006, claiming that Greenies caused severe throat and intestinal blockages in some dogs because they couldn't easily be broken down by a canine's digestive tract. S&M NuTec LLC has since been acquired by Mars Inc. The lawsuit stated that the product had become widely popular after being introduced in the market in 1998, generating revenue in excess of $340 million in 2005. In a settlement reached, a federal judge approved a joint agreement to dismiss the case between 10 pet owners and the North Kansas City-based company. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed. [KANSAS CITY BUSINESS JOURNAL: GREENIES SETTLEMENT]
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