A recent federal ruling has opened the floodgates for more dogs to buy their dog food directly from the grocery store chain.
The Department of Justice issued a nationwide injunction Friday against an online dog food retailer that was selling dog food that had been tampered with or that had expired.
The Department of Agriculture, in a separate lawsuit, says that the retailer’s online marketplace, www.amazon.com, violates a federal ban on the sale of dog foods that contain a human ingredient.
Amazon says that it has a policy to check products for human ingredients, but it is not clear if that has been enforced in the case of the dog food seller.
In addition to selling dog foods from a dog-friendly site, the retailer also sells dog treats and other products for pet owners.
The lawsuit alleges that the dog-food seller is misleading its customers about its dog-free policy and that the online marketplace is not a safe place for pet parents to buy or sell pet food.
Amazon’s lawyer, Mark Zaid, said in a statement that the lawsuit is not about safety, but is about the company’s ability to compete.