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)

TristanSauv - Aug 13, 2018

This goes so much deeper than just chemicals. Our dog died as a result of being unable to process the plant based proteins used in this food. Her symptoms were extreme, bloody diarrhea, lethargy, and an eventual inability to walk. She was removed from the food when her symptoms started and but on a vet recommended food for a short period after which she recovered. Not knowing that it was Rachel Ray’s food that was the ACTUAL culprit, we resumed feeding the dog food to her. She was only 8 years old and the vetrinarian recommended we put her down, as the sickness from the food had compromised her quality of life to such a degree as she was practically dead.

My Longhaired Chihuahuas Are so sick on Rachel Ray Nutrish Turkey n Sweet Potatoes - Aug 13, 2018

I have been feeding my longhaired Chihuahua for over 2 years on Rachel Rays Nutrish but this last bag is poison… my puppies are throwing up n having diarrhea… STOP THIS FROM HAPPING TO OTHERS… I thought I was feeding them the best… I am so livid….

Anthony's - Aug 13, 2018

I started my dog on rr one year ago she loved the stuff Christmas Eve coming back from her daily walk she couldn’t make it up the stairs to get in the house. Took her to vet next day ran some test five days later she died she had all the signs of bad food rr .it was so sad to seem baby die this way

Anthony's - Aug 13, 2018

I started my dog on rr one year ago she loved the stuff Christmas Eve coming back from her daily walk she couldn’t make it up the stairs to get in the house. Took her to vet next day ran some test five days later she died she had all the signs of bad food rr .it was so sad to seem baby die this way

Sheri - Aug 13, 2018

I believe my dog died from Rachel Ray’s pet food Nutrish. She was fine the. I started feeding her nutrish and she contracted lymphoma and died with in a month of eating Nutrish.

Sandra - Aug 13, 2018

What animal foods are safe?

Jo - Aug 13, 2018

This is so sad the the food is still being sold today .Ive always feed my dog the same food .I was out of town and needed some dog food .The store did not sell my brand so I bought Rachel Ray Nutrish .With in a week my 97 pound dog lost control of his balance I took him to the vet when I got home someone ask me what I was feeding him I told them I had changed food two weeks ago and was feeding him Rachel Ray Nutrish .Then they informed me of the weed killed that has been found in this food he is still alive but has lost control of his body .Please pray for his survival

Rusty - Aug 13, 2018

What about prior to the sale to Smucker?Our Cavalier St. Charles rescue was given Rachel Ray snacks due loss of teeth @ age (13). He started having issues with lack of balance & kidney failure somewhat suddenly. We thought the claims of quality of products were sincere. We lost him 6 months after another beloved dog & were extremely devastated by both. Just finally adopted 2 more seniors & started giving them the meatball treats because of missing teeth As well as the dry food. Will toss immediately, do NOT want to go thru the high vet bills but mostly the pain it caused the last time. We are seniors as well & the emotional & financial cost is very high on fixed income. Shame on Rachel Ray & Smuckers. Rachel’s love of animals obviously isn’t as great as she led us to believe, but the almighty buck is! What goes around comes around Rachel.

Posie - Aug 13, 2018

Our dog became very sick after consuming this product and vomited and had decreased energy for 3 days. We had a suspicion it was the “Rachel Ray” dog food so we changed to a different brand “Call of the Wild” and she is now back to her usual self. I hope she doesn’t have any long term damage like cancer from being exposed to this food.

coramdeo - Aug 13, 2018

Bought RR Fetish yesterday. My dog ate dinner and breakfast and has not been the same since. Walking around droopy-life, some whining, and will not eat —-even the treats she loves. The only change was the dog food. Taking it back with a complaint and getting some Blue Buffalo. Never again will I buy grocery-store dog food.

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