A New York man is suing celebrity chef, Rachael Ray’s ‘Nutrish’ brand dog food for $5 million, claiming it contains a dangerous chemical found in herbicides.
Although the Nutrish line of dog food is marketed as “natural food for dogs,” containing “no artificial flavors or preservatives,” a lawsuit claims that an independent lab found glyphosate, a potentially dangerous chemical which can be found in weed-killing products like Roundup, in the dog food.
Dog owner, Markeith Parks filed the $5 million class-action lawsuit on Wednesday against Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, the manufacturers of Nutrish, and its line of Superior Premium Food for Dogs on the basis that while Ray’s Nutrish “aggressively advertises” and promotes the products as “natural,” the “claims are false, deceptive, and misleading.”
“Instead, the products contain the unnatural chemical glyphosate, a potent biocide and endocrine disruptor, with detrimental health effects that are still becoming known,” court documents claim.
“The exact source of glyphosate in the products is known only to Rachael Ray Nutrish and its suppliers,” the documents continue. “However, 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 — a practice with no health benefits, meant only to increase yield.”
In addition, the lawsuit contends that “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, to charge higher prices for the products, and to take away market share from competing products, thereby increasing its own sales and profits.”
Bobby Modi, vice president, pet food and pet snacks for J.M. Smucker Co., which bought Ainsworth Pet Nutrition earlier this year, told Fox News in a statement, “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.”
In the class-action suit, Parks is seeking “relief including actual damages, interest, costs, reasonable attorneys’ fees,” and an injunction to stop Nutrish’s marketing and sale of the products, along with corrective advertising.