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

                          ***********IMPORTANT MESSAGE************


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.

Return to News

test Comments (21)

Amy - Aug 13, 2018

I am so glad you shared this well-cited article and information! This is exactly what happened to my miniature schnauzer. We didn’t know why our 8-year-old dog would be this sick.

We thought he might have days left. We cried SO MUCH watching him suffering. It was emotionally painful witnessing his state. I couldn’t bear to photograph him at the “end.” He got worse. I sent videos of him experiencing nystagmus to our vet. His liver enzymes were near 1,000.

Our vet mentioned RR was not a good balance of nutrition. I’d moved him to some “natural foods” due to his gas issues. No grain. When our brand disappeared from the shelves, we switched to Rachel Ray’s grain-free food. I’m a little embarrassed because I’m knowledgeable about nutrition. I help people with food choices and label reading. I was shocked to learn of the pending lawsuit, the massive amount of stories and then to see your article. I guess we have an answer, and thank God, our dog is on the mend!

My dog had all the symptoms of poisoning by pentobarbital.

items 21 to 21 of total

Write Your Comment

Comments have to be approved before showing up

  • "Many pet foods contain corn as the main ingredient. Dogs and cats are not “cornivores’….they are carnivores!"
  • "If I can’t eat the food, I won’t give it to my pets either."
  • "Our pets are the only ones in our family who give us unconditional love."
  • "The animals are our children. They deserve the same quality food as our two-legged children."
  • "Your pets are members of the family so treat them like members of the family."
  • "I can help your pets live longer, healthier lives."
  • "Feed your pets what your grandfather fed his pets."
  • "Would you eat what you are feeding your pet? No? Then don’t feed it."
  • "Cats are obligate carnivores, not herbivores."
  • "Animals are my children."
  • "You have never in your life been to a doctor or veterinarian who taught you how to prevent disease (or who taught you about nutrition.)"
  • "Developed with Passion by a practicing veterinarian."
  • "If your human children died at 25 instead of 75 that would get your attention as to what is going on with pets."
  • "I am abolishing disease in my practice."
  • "1 out of 5 children in the average American family walks on all fours."
  • "Tell your pet every day that you love them."
  • "You can communicate with your pet, just listen."
  • "Would you feed your other children pet food?"
  • "Think about which members of your family give you unconditional love. Then treat them the same."
  • "We don’t make pet food, we make food for pets"
  • "Give them a “mouse-full”"
  • "Read the ingredients, would you eat that?"
  • "Does your pet deserve any less?"
  • "Where else do you get unconditional love?"
  • "Who is always happy to see you?"
  • "Who never complains about their day?"
  • "Give back to your pets the unconditional love that they give you."
  • "I put unconditional love into my food, my products, my patients, my practice."
  • "These blessed creatures are giving you unconditional love. Feeding them healthy, pure organic food is not much to ask in return."
  • "Let an animal in your heart and experience unconditional love."
  • "Unconditional love is when you love with all that you have."
  • "Unconditional love is giving without taking."
  • "Unconditional love is above all the gift of one’s self."
  • "Unconditional love is above all the gift of life."
  • "Unconditional love is the deepest essence of life."
  • "Unconditional love is always available for the asking."
  • "There is nothing more exhilarating than animal love."
  • "We all need to ask ourselves, “What are we giving to the world?”"
  • "Pursue your passion. I did."
  • "I make pet food the way Mother Nature intended."
  • "You were told your whole life not to feed your pet off the table. That turned out to be a lie to help sell pet food."

- Doc -