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Archive for August 8th, 2018

Lawsuit claims Rachael Ray’s Nutrish contains weed killer

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A $5 million class action lawsuit has been filed against Rachael Ray’s Nutrish dog food, alleging it contains a chemical used in weed killer.

The suit, brought by Bronx resident Markeith Parks on behalf of himself and others, claims that samples of the dog food were found to contain the chemical glyphosate, a herbicide used in Roundup and other weed killers.

The lawsuit says the dog food brand is deceiving and misleading customers by touting itself as healthy and natural.

“The products at issue are not ‘natural.’ Instead, the products contain the unnatural chemical glyphosate, a potent biocide and endocrine disruptor, with detrimental health effects that are still becoming known,” the lawsuit says.

The New York Daily News reported on the lawsuit yesterday, saying it was unable to get a comment from the company it names, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition.

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Ainsworth sold the Nutrish brand to J.M. Smucker Co. last month for $1.9 billion.

The brand’s new owner strongly denied the lawsuit’s claim.

Bobby Modi, vice president of Pet Food and Pet Snacks for JM Smucker, said: “We are in the process of reviewing the details of the claim but strongly stand behind the quality of our products, ingredients, and sourcing practices. As animal lovers and humans, it goes without saying that we do not add pesticides to our products as an ingredient. We plan to aggressively fight these claims.”

And even Ray chimed in, telling the Daily Mail, through a spokesperson, “Rachael herself has always championed the great lengths Ainsworth Pet Nutrition and now The J.M. Smucker Company take to create and provide the highest quality and safest pet food products on the market. This is why she does, and will continue to, feed Nutrish to her own dog Isaboo and her extended pet family.”

The spokesperson also called previous reports alleging that Rachael herself had been named in the suit ‘libelous’.

Ray is not named in the suit, but the dog food carries her name and she has said the recipes used are based on her own.

In the lawsuit, Parks says he purchased the dog food several times at a BJ’s Wholesale Club on Exterior St. in the Bronx because he “saw, relied upon, and reasonably believed Rachael Ray Nutrish’s representations that its products were ‘natural.'”

Glyphosate, the active ingredient used in weed killers, was found in tests done by an independent lab, the court papers claim.

The lawsuit states that the source of the glyphosate in the food could be from “crops such as peas, soy, corn, beets and alfalfa” being sprayed with the chemical in order to “produce an earlier, more uniform harvest.”

“By deceiving consumers about the nature, quality, and/or ingredients of the products, Rachael Ray Nutrish is able to sell a greater volume of the products,” the lawsuit says.