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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.

Montana reservation conducting month-long “round-up” of stray dogs

Bison can roam free on the Fort Belknap Indian reservation in Montana.

Dogs aren’t so lucky.

The reservation’s Fish & Wildlife office began a “dog round-up” on July 25, capturing dogs that aren’t chained, kenneled or leashed and impounding them.

At least they say they are impounding them. Rescue organizations are actually bearing that responsibility, since the reservation doesn’t have an animal shelter.

RezQ Dogs, a non-profit shelter in Dodson, has brought in 19 dogs from the reservation and is attempting to find them new homes, according to its co-founder, Jim Wilke.

“Making the animals pay, killing the animals, it’s not the answer,” said Wilke. “Enforcing the laws, passing better laws is…whether it’s this community or anywhere in the United States, you’re not going to solve it by creating a cycle of death.”

Now at full capacity, Wilke says he’s turning to other rescue shelters and rescues across Montana, including in Kalispell, Helena, and Missoula, for help.

Tribal officials announced the round up last month and put up posters stating that any dog not chained or kenneled will be impounded immediately.

According to Wilke, the reservation has no shelter, and at least one tribal council member has said the dogs would be killed.

“To stand by and do nothing…it’s just sad,” said Wilke. “These animals. Death for no reason. Most of these animals have done nothing wrong but be born.”

Stray dogs are a problem on the reservation, and often band together in packs.

“When you have a bunch of stray animals, it doesn’t matter, they can be the nicest animals in the world, the entire mentality changes when they pack up. You can see it in all animals, even people,” said Wilke.

But, he says, the dogs he has taken in have been docile.

“They’re wonderful animals,” he told KRTV in Great Falls.”They’ll get good homes. You would think we got a lot of feral animals but everybody that’s met them, they’re just amazed by how nice they are.”

The dog round-up is scheduled to end on August 20.