Rachel Ray’s Dog Food brand, Nutrish, sued over containing glyphosate (lawn chemicals) contamination claims…

Rachel Ray’s Dog Food, Nutrish, is marketed as being free of “[No] artificial flavors or artificial preservatives” and being a “Natural food for dogs”. The company Nutrish was previously manufactured by, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, but was recently bought by J.M. Smucker Company for nearly $2 billion. Court documents state that a Bronx resident, Markeith Parks, claims that Rachel Rays ‘natural’ food is false, deceptive, and misleading.


Markeith Parks law suit states that “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.” Court papers claim glyphosate, the active ingredient used in weed killers, was found in tests done by an independent lab. Therefore, glyphosate is a herbicide used in brands like Roundup and is, by any means, not safe to ingest. In 2015, the “World Health Organization classified glyphosate as a probable carcinogenic to humans and animals. Additional studies have linked Roundup to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or NHL, a cancer that begins in the cells of the lymphatic and immune system.”[1] There are new studies, as well of reports of health problems of those that with long-term exposure to Roundup and related products containing glyphosate.


Bobby Modi, vice president of pet food and pet snacks for J.M. Smucker Company, plans to ‘aggressively fight these claims’ because “As animal lovers and humans, it goes without saying that we do not add pesticides to our products as an ingredient.”

We believe, it goes without saying that J.M. Smuckers Company are not producing NON-GMO foods and you are not analyzing your ingredients.


The lawsuit states that the source of the glyphosate in the canine chow isn’t known to Parks, but speculates that “crops such as peas, soy, corn, beets and alfalfa are sprayed with the chemical in order to dry them and 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.” This gross negligent of quality control is blatantly apparent and is the source deadly path of the horrific inclusion of melamine poisoning which caused the deaths of countless thousands of pets only 11 years ago. More than 150 animal foods were recalled for containing melamine and an uncountable amount of pets died from melamine poisoning, as a result of kidney failure after ingesting the food.[2]


At Cornucopia, we have never had any recalls, and we pride ourselves on having wholesome and natural dog food. See the difference at https://www.cornucopiapetfoods.com/collections/dogs

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Let's all notice who owns Rachel Ray, the Smucker Company. Rachel Ray sold Nutrish to them for $2 billion in Spring of 2018.

The Smuckers Company has had 19 brands of Pet Food recalled since February 19, 2018 for containing pentobarbital; a euthanasia solution. This provides evidence that euthanized dead animals are in the pet food. The FDA confirmed the presence of pentobarbital on March 2, 2018.[3]

The only people known, to us by federal law, to possess these lethal and toxic controlled substances are veterinarians.


Symptoms of a Pet That Eats Food Containing Pentobarbital…

Pets that consume pet food containing high levels pentobarbital can experience the following: drowsiness, dizziness, excitement, loss of balance, nausea, mystagmus (eyes moving back and forth in a jerky manner), and inability to stand. Coma and death are the results of consuming high levels of pentobarbital.



[1] “Roundup Weed Killer Litigation.” Carse Law, carselaw.com/dallas-personal-injury-lawyer/roundup-weed-killer-litigation/?keyword= glyphosate dangers&gclid=CjwKCAjw2MTbBRASEiwAdYIpsSs_1k0UvzoNP0xZdeUA4Nvg5VGVa75hoxA-YxPPLP9u1b2TqnQH7RoCXqkQAvD_BwE.

[2] Medicine, Center for Veterinary. “Recalls & Withdrawals - Melamine Pet Food Recall - Frequently Asked Questions.” U S Food and Drug Administration Home Page, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/safetyhealth/recallswithdrawals/ucm129932.htm.

[3] Medicine, Center for Veterinary. “News & Events - FDA Alerts Pet Owners About Potential Pentobarbital Contamination in Canned Dog Food Manufactured by The J.M. Smucker Company, Including Certain Gravy Train, Kibbles 'N Bits, Ol' Roy, and Skippy Products.” U S Food and Drug Administration Home Page, Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, www.fda.gov/animalveterinary/newsevents/ucm597135.htm.

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test Comments (21)

Fiona - Aug 13, 2018

In you article, it is “nystagmus” not “mystagmus”. Also, glyphosate is showing up in many so-called “organic” products. Possibly due to spray drift or water contamination, or even unscrupulous producers or processors selling supposed organic crops to companies when they are not organic at all.

Kevin - Aug 13, 2018

Every time I feed my dog she would thur it up we thought maybe she eating grass from the yard, gave her more and still thur it up, everytime I would fill her bowl she wouldn’t eat it so I stop giving her the food and feed her scrambled eggs and white rice she held that down then when wife came home from hospital she feed her the food because we thought it was cause my wife wasn’t home for a few days and she thur it up again… our bella has been with us for 10yrs, she is a miniature Australian shepherd full bread and if we lost her it would be devastating. What is the company going to do for us I still have 3/4 of the bag left

Daniel - Aug 13, 2018

My 4 yr old border collie Tessa.. best dog I ever had and I’m 59..was on RR food for past few yrs… Shes a frisbee dog fast and very active… Came down suddenly I’ll and wouldnt eat very weak.. Diagnosed with IMHA severe anemia and spent 1200 at vet and had to put her down… Never used the Turkey and peas one she used it 2 o3 days and fell I’ll.. will have it tested for glyphosate.pentobarbital. and nitic oxides… I believe it set off her immune response . Dog had never been I’ll and had no recent vaccine.. May join in lawsuit.

Deena - Aug 13, 2018

Both our Pit, and Pug have became extremely ill after eating RR dry dog food. I’ve seen too many others with the same problem. This food needs recalled and investigated again too see what the problem is now.

What the??? - Aug 13, 2018

Makes me wonder about Nutrish cat food.
Has anyone heard if it is involved?
Time to go after the big chem producers
of glyphosate.

Momo - Aug 13, 2018

I just lost my dog…3 years old…every thing you explained happened to my dog….I hate this…very sad and angry…blood in his stool…liver giving out….couldnt walk…siezures…Damn damn damn!

Klynn - Aug 13, 2018

I have buried 3 dogs in 7 months, 1 I put down because he was struggling to breath and always gasping for air, 1 had a heart attack and 1 with CHF. All on Rachel Ray Nutrish. Her food killed my dogs!

Klynn - Aug 13, 2018

I have buried 3 dogs in 7 months, 1 I put down because he was struggling to breath and always gasping for air, 1 had a heart attack and 1 with CHF. All on Rachel Ray Nutrish. Her food killed my dogs!

Jo - Aug 13, 2018

Shame on you Rachel Ray. You are a fake and your food is bad. Nothing but bad stuff in your food for pets like grains.

Mm - Aug 13, 2018

My dog ended up with Hepatocellular carcinoma. I can’t prove it was Rachel Rays Nutrish , but after research I came to the conclusion it was the food . It’s all I fed my dog the past 6 years because I believed what it said on the front packaging . It’s not all natural . It’s a horrible product don’t buy it . Either feed your dog homemade dog food or get it from your vet . These companies by the cheapest by product of feed from overseas that is nothing but poison for your dog. My heart is broken.

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