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Rachael Ray Nutrish Pet Food Class Action Lawsuit

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  1. landsharkinnc

    she says ‘natural’ not organic, and unless the amount of Glyphosate exceeds the GRAS amounts I don’t think this will go very far — but it does point out that ‘NATURAL’ has absolutely NO place on a food product — unless someone comes up with a reasonable definition

  2. Meg

    Glyphosate is a pesticide that is also found in many of human food like bread and crackers, even the organic and NATURAL ones. They(manufacturers) don’t purposely add this toxin to our/pet food supply but it’s in the food chain. It’s almost contained in every produce such as corn, wheat etc…because of the commercial farming practices. It’s also a regulatory problem that pet food companies don’t need to list the ingredients before they are brought to the manufacturing factory. Because of the profit hungry corporations, consumers and pets are put in the very vulnerable place unfortunately.

  3. T Allen

    Good work by that law group! Susan I hope you are keeping track of the firms that are pursuing legal action because more and more people will be looking for this info and it could be source of income for you as well!

  4. Jane

    Sadly, it’s almost gotten to the point where the case could be made that no “reasonable” consumer would ever believe the claims on the label! Deceptive advertising seems to be standard operating procedure.

    Are pet food companies required to test for things like Glyphosate and BPA and heavy metals?

    And do you know how these two suits (this one and the one against Solid Gold) came about? I don’t see any mention of pets getting sick, so I’m wondering if the plaintiffs in each case just had the food tested out of curiousity. I’ve considered doing that myself, but it seems pretty costly.

    Thanks for keeping us informed!

  5. Ms. B Dawson

    I’m conflicted with these class action lawsuits. I do agree with Susan’s comment on another thread that lawsuits are sometimes the most direct path to changing regulations and holding companies responsible. However, this type of lawsuit looks an awful lot like ambulance chasing, rather like discrimination lawsuits filed against bars because of “ladies night” drink discounts.

    On the one hand – the label cited in the lawsuit, in my opinion, has several misleading and/or deceptive claims.

    = “Farm raised beef” – it’s not a lie, ALL cows are farm raised last I checked. The intent is for consumers to equate that with ‘free range’ or ‘cruelty free’.

    = Chunks of stew meat are pictured – readers of this list know that’s not what the ingredients actually look like. Consumers are attracted by the appealing food-grade pictures.

    = No chicken by-products, wheat or wheat gluten is true, but crowing over no wheat and then using soybean meal as the #3 ingredient and corn as the #4? My Dad would call that a ‘bait and switch’ scheme.

    = And of course the term “natural” itself is nothing more that fluff marketing. As a biologist, I can make a case that crude oil is “natural”.

    Nutrish is just another BS pet feed marketed by a pretty face. “Reasonable consumers” aren’t when it comes to narrowing that 6 degrees of separation from a favorite celeb – and marketing companies have known that for a hundred years!

    But on the other hand, this lawsuit is going after the company because of glyphosate residues. It’s not, based on what is presented here, saying the residues are out of compliance, only that glyphosate is detectable in the food and that violates the consumer expectation of “natural” being biocide free.

    Allowable limits for glyphosate have changed several times over the last few years. I’m not even sure if FDA has finally decided on proper methodology to test for it separately or if they are still including glyophsate as part of a broader test protocol that includes things like 2,4-D.

    Anyone following health or environmental news should be aware that glyphosate residues are showing up throughout our food supply including organics and indeed, even in our own bodies. Some now consider it an endemic contaminant that will persist for decades even if it were banned tomorrow. Monsanto’s gift just keeps on giving.

    And that brings me to my concern for potential unintended results. I wouldn’t shed a tear if “natural” was banned on labels but if this suit succeeds, companies who produce conventional and/or GMO products could use the same argument to ban “organic” on labels. If you’ve got detectable levels of substances banned from organic practices, can you put “organic” on the label even if your farming practices didn’t directly use them?

  6. Alzona chamg

    I bought this dog food a few months ago only 2 dogs out of 5 ate it one died of kidney failure had to put her to sleep she was 12. The other dogs espnthe 2 boy dogs refused it. I was upset with them, so just gave it to the others,I feel sick. Ow wondering,wondering did this cause LIL Bit to die before that had fed purina,home food and solid gold most the time

  7. S Smith

    I find it odd that my dog who has been on Rachael Ray Dog Food for a few years suddenly become sick a few weeks ago and was rushed to the emergency room, she was not able to keep her balance, collapsed a few times to the floor while at the emergency room and had a seizure in the parking lot prior to leaving the emergency room. When taken to our Vet blood work revealed high levels of liver enzymes, reading was 1,292, normal is 289, red blood cells were high indicating potential internal bleeding in her body. Vet gave her a fluid therapy to rid her body of toxins. A supplement to help with the liver and prescription Royal Canine dog food to support the liver. I was permitted to feed her chicken. I now have her on Freshpet Vital dog food, she has regained her appetite and is doing very well. My intuition leads me to believe it was the Rachael Ray dog food that poison her with toxins that caused her illness, we thought we were going to lose her. I started googling for answers yesterday. When I googled “contaminated dog food Rachael Ray dog food”, the lawsuit popped up. I’m thankful to my Vet for saving her. Thank you Susan for being an advocate for our beloved pets!! I sincerely hope the lawsuit against Rachael Ray Dog Food prevails!

  8. Pamela D Mierop

    We thought we were doing the right thing feeding our dog Sophie this food. She developed pancreatitis from Rachael Ray Dog food. This lead to Diabetes. Sophie is now on a special diet with shots twice a day. The worst is she developed cataracts because of the Diabetes and can’t see. She is only 8 years old. I don’t want this to happen to your dogs. I hope this will get the product off the shelf or make it a healthier food.

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