Pet Food Additives / Supplements

Learn how pet food additives and supplement research and trends affect how dog and cat food is formulated from the editors of Petfood Industry magazine. Topics include preventing pet food spoilage, adding trace minerals and antioxidants to formulations, extending shelf life, and supporting pet gut health.


“Made in the USA” lawsuit against WellPet dismissed

A class action lawsuit against WellPet was dismissed by a federal judge in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The lawsuit alleged that WellPet marketed its dog food as “Made in the USA,” although some of the vitamins and minerals came from other countries, thereby misleading consumers.
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5 trends shaping the US pet food supplement market

Dog owners purchase the majority of pet supplements, buying three times as much as cat owners.
In “Pet Supplements Market in the U.S., 6th Edition,” Packaged Facts estimated that pet supplement sales reached US$580 million in 2016.
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FDA will approve GLA safflower oil for dry adult dog food

Arcadia Biosciences announced that FDA official completed their review of Arcadia’s food additive petition.
The FDA concluded that the data provided by Arcadia supports the safety and functionality of GLA safflower oil as a source of omega-­6 fatty acids in dry food for adult dogs.
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L-carnitine pet food supplement may benefit working dogs

Research on L-carnitine, as the brand Carniking, demonstrated positive health effects of the amino acid on performance and recovery of working dogs.
Pet food ingredient supplier Lonza sponsored the research, which was conducted at Four Rivers Kennel LLC, in Walker, Missouri, USA.
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Hemp seed oil in dog food processing technology developed

The research was conducted at the Food Science and Technology Centre in Alberta, Canada.
Research suggests that Naturally Splendid Enterprises’ proprietary encapsulation process may protect the omega-3 fatty acids, minerals and vitamins in hemp seed oil during the dog food manufacturing process.
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Petfood Innovation Workshop and Pet Food Experience at KSU

On October 28-30, 2015, nearly 200 participants attended the fall edition of the Petfood Innovation Workshop (Focus on Treats) & K-State Pet Food Experience at K-State University in Manhattan, Kansas, USA. Major pet food manufacturing companies were represented along with entrepreneurs from smaller companies, leaders from trade associations and regulatory officials from various states.