Pet Food Quality: understanding biogenic amines

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Biogenic amines are compounds formed during the normal metabolic functions of plants and animals. Many amines play important roles in human and animal physiological functions, but a high accumulation of biogenic amines ingested from food can become a health hazard. Not all biogenic amines have toxic effects and toxicity can vary based on the person or animal affected. Some amines are found naturally in human foods, including meat, fish, cheese, wine, beer and fermented foods. However, high levels of biogenic amines in food can indicate microbial spoilage.

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For pet food, human food, sustainability now a must have

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For pet food and human food producers alike, sustainability is no longer a “nice to have” program or product feature. Increasingly, consumers demand the companies and brands they buy from to incorporate sustainability, in every sense of the concept, into all they do. On average, 87% of consumers from countries around the world expected companies to invest in sustainability in 2019, up from 68% just the prior year.

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What to look for in a natural pet food ingredient supplier

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Recently, consumers are demanding more natural pet food offerings due to the perception that natural pet food is healthier and better quality than traditional diets. According to Petfood Industry, 52% of pet owners were more likely to purchase a pet food labeled “made with natural ingredients” in a recent survey. 

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Apple cider vinegar: Natural ingredient for pet foods?

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Apple cider vinegar may have application for pet health and should be explored more completely to verify its benefits and possible drawbacks.

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Achieving the ideal protein balance in pet food

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The “ideal protein” can be defined as one that provides an exact balance of amino acids, without deficiencies or excess, to meet the requirements for optimum animal performance, maintenance and maximum protein deposition. This concept is widely used to formulate poultry and swine diets and has been shown to improve body composition and yields while reducing production costs. Beyond economic benefits, this concept is also believed to benefit the environment by reducing excess nitrogen excretion from protein formulation.

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