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Rachael Ray created Nutrish by working with Ainsworth Pet Nutrition experts to develop new recipes of dog food with simple, natural ingredients inspired by her own cooking.
Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, a family-owned and operated company, manufactures Nutrish in Meadville, Pennsylvania.
Proceeds from product sales go directly to pet charities, organizations and rescue efforts. The company produces its products with sustainability and carbon emission reduction initiatives.
In spring 2018, pet food giant J.M. Smucker Company announced it was buying Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, in a $1.9 billion deal. Around two-thirds of Ainsworth’s sales are generated by Rachael Ray Nutrish.
Nutrish Quick Facts
Brand line includes: Nutrish Real Chicken & Veggies Recipe, Nutrish Healthy Weight Turkey & Veggies Recipe, Nutrish Zero Grain Salmon & Sweet Potato, Nutrish Just 6 Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe, Nutrish Naturally Delish Wet Food for Dogs, Nutrish Natural Dry Cat Food, Nutrish Natural Wet Cat Food
Company: Ainsworth Pet Nutrition LLC
Headquarters: Meadville, Pennsylvania
Contact info: 1-800-323-7738, email, website
Has Nutrish Ever Been Recalled?
Yes. A recall of several wet cat food varieties was announced in late spring 2015. The cause was high levels of Vitamin D, which can cause serious health complications in cats.
More recently, in late June 2019, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identified Rachael Ray Nutrish as one of 16 pet food brands that may be linked to heart disease in dogs and cats. None of those 16 brands have been recalled as part of the agency’s ongoing investigation, though. Most, but not all, of the pet foods are “grain-free” and/or dry (kibble) dog food formulations. The FDA says this is a “complex scientific issue that may involve multiple factors,” and that it cannot even be certain that diet is a cause of the heart problems. For full details, see our article on the subject.
Rachael Ray Nutrish — 2018 Lawsuit
In August 2018, a consumer filed a $5 million lawsuit against Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, alleging that Nutrish contains an undisclosed dangerous herbicide called glyphosate, “a potent biocide and endocrine disruptor, with detrimental health effects that are still becoming known.”
The suit states, “Rachael Ray Nutrish holds itself out to the public as a trusted expert in the sourcing and processing of dog food,” adding that the company “also knew … that [its food] contains glyphosate, an unnatural biocide.”
Nutrish, on Facebook, responded by saying, “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.”
According to Dogs Naturally magazine, glyphosate (often found in Roundup weed killer) is a common “hidden” pet food ingredient. In a 2015 study, researchers Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff tested 9 popular brands of dog and cat food — and every single one of them came back with “significant” levels of glyphosate.
Rachael Ray Nutrish Super Premium and 9Lives Indoor Complete had the highest levels measured in the test, at 0.14 glyphosate/mg kg–1.
“We suspect that glyphosate may be a causal agent related to the rise of pet cancers,” the researchers wrote.
List of Rachael Ray Nutrish Recalls
Cause: Potentially elevated levels of Vitamin D. Announcement: FDA report dated June 4, 2015 (archived here). What was recalled: The following varieties of Rachael Ray Nutrish wet cat food:
- Paw Lickin’ Chicken & Liver, 2.8 oz. single pack, “Best by” date of Aug. 17, 2015
- Ocean Fish & Chicken Catch-iatore, 2.8 oz. single pack, “Best by” date of Dec. 1, 2016
- Ocean Fish-a-licious, 2.8 oz. single pack, “Best by” date of Dec. 1, 2016
- Tuna Purrfection, 2.8 oz. single pack, “Best by” date of Dec. 1, 2016
- Lip Smackin’ Sardine & Mackerel, 2.8 oz. single pack, “Best by” date of Dec. 1, 2016
Two variety packs that contain some of these recalled products also were recalled:
- Chicken Lovers Variety Pack, 12 count pack of 2.8 oz cups, “Best by” date of Dec. 1, 2016
- Ocean Lovers Variety Pack, 12 count pack of 2.8 oz cups, “Best by” date of Dec. 1, 2016
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