Pet Food Ingredients

Rice bran: filler or functional fiber?

Some of these so-called fillers may actually be positive additions to pet diets
A common claim in marketing petfoods has been the statement "no fillers." The connotation of the filler has been that of chaff and other inert fractions that occur during the milling process; fractions such as bran, middlings and hulls were figuratively and often literally swept up into one bucket. The challenge, as we learn more about the beneficial effects of various fiber fractions, is that some of these so-called fillers may actually be positive additions to pet diets.
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Salt: what is wrong with it?

Sodium and chloride are considered essential minerals in dog and cat diets
For years, salt had been one of those ingredients in petfood that was so innocuous it had become almost invisible. Recently, though, consumers have been expressing concerns about it. This new attention to salt indicates it has become one of those ingredients with an issue.
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Whey your protein options

As an ingredient, whey represents a quality, high protein component with nutritional and functional properties
It is becoming increasingly common to find petfoods that contain whey, a milk protein, as a prominent ingredient on their labels
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Ingredients as nutrient delivery devices

A valuable exchange of new science and information from around the world of companion animals
Companion animal researchers and industry professionals gathered recently at the annual American Society of Animal Science meeting in San Antonio, Texas, USA, for research presentations/posters and a companion animal symposium entitled "Ingredients as nutrient delivery devices." Here are highlights from the symposium.
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Wheat gluten

The contamination and mislabeling of this ingredient has affected almost every corner of the petfood industry
The contamination and mislabeling of this ingredient has affected almost every corner of the petfood industry
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