Lawsuit filed against Rachael Ray's dog food brand

BY SAMANTHA COSTANZO
Posted on DEC 04, 2018

The lawsuit claims that the brand's food contains a chemical often found in herbicides and is therefore not "natural," as it is advertised.

A $5 million lawsuit has been filed against celebrity cook Rachael Ray's dog food brand, Nutrish, according to People.

The lawsuit, which was filed by Markeith Parks of New York state, claims that the brand's food contains a chemical often found in herbicides and is therefore not "natural," as it is advertised. The chemical, glyphosate, is a "potent biocide and endocrine disruptor, with detrimental health effects that are still becoming known," according to the class action suit.
Parks is seeking payment for damages and attorney's fees, as well as an injunction to stop Nutrish from marketing or selling its products. He is also requesting corrective advertising.

The claim is being reviewed by the J.M. Smucker Co., which owns the Nutrish brand.

"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," said Bobby Modi, vice president of pet food and pet snacks for The J.M. Smucker Company, Nutrish's parent' company. "As animal lovers and humans, it goes without saying that we do not add pesticides to our products as an ingredient."

A spokesman for Ray said that she has always been supportive of the company's efforts to create safe and high quality pet food.

Ray created the Nutrish line of food in 2008, and a portion of revenue from each sale is donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation, which helps pets in need as part of its work. The foundation had donated more than $21 million to pet related charities as of September 2017, helping purchase food, medical supplies, and more

 

 

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