Pet Food Ingredients

Effect of omega-3s on adipokines in dogs

Docosapentaenoic acid may increase serum concentrations of adiponectin and leptin and decrease triglyceride concentration in healthy dogs
The objective of this study was to determine associations between serum concentrations of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids or body condition and serum concentrations of adipokines in healthy dogs. Body condition score and percentage of body fat were determined for 62 adult, client-owned dogs.
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FDA responds to letter from US animal feed, ingredient, grain groups

FDA's response clarifies enforcement policy for implementing sections of the Food Safety Modernization Act
Three major US grain, animal feed and feed ingredient processing organizations commended the Food and Drug Administration for clarifying its enforcement policy for implementing several key sections of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed into law in January 2011. Among other things, the Food Safety Modernization Act specifies a July 3 effective date for requirements that grain, feed, feed ingredient, grain processing, milling and other sectors of the commercial food and animal feed industry conduct hazard analyses and implement preventive controls. 
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The scarcity of affordable petfood ingredients

Declines in key crops and the corresponding rise in prices have global ramifications for several industries, including petfood
The US Department of Agriculture’s August supply-and-demand report provided another sign of what some people in our industry fear is an impending apocalypse: the ever-increasing decline of available, affordable ingredients. This latest report centered on the US corn crop, for which USDA cut production another 15.4% after a devastating drought decimated much of it, along with other grains grown in the US Midwest. This is having a profound impact on the prices and availability of other ingredients, particularly protein sources.
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Pea proteins: Alternative protein source for petfoods?

Concentrate or isolate, pea proteins are good for nutritional fortification today and appear opportune for innovation in the future
The hunt continues for alternative ingredients to fuel the ever-increasing demand for new and different products to entice the discerning pet owner. Whether to fill the void after we dodge the negative perceptions of corn, soy, wheat, beef and by-products or as a matter of satisfying the burgeoning array of “limited ingredient” and “no grain” diet choices, finding the perfect new and different ingredient is always a challenge—especially when dietary protein levels are edging upward, perceived overages in minerals have been tightened and the availability of process functionality has declined.
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Get forecasts for feed grain costs and availability

The US Department of Agriculture will issue its latest supply-and-demand report tomorrow (Friday, August 10), and all expectations are that the agency will again reduce its corn production forecast, according to a Dow Jones Newswires poll of analysts. These analysts project USDA will cut production another 15.4% after a devastating drought has decimated much of the US corn crop.
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The global scramble over corn, meat and other petfood ingredients

If you hear anyone still expressing doubt that today's economy is global, just point them to all the recent news about the price of corn, soybeans and other commodities. As recently as early to mid June, the US Department of Agriculture and others were crowing about the record US corn crop expected this year, potentially 9% larger than the 2011 crop, which itself set a record.
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Finding useful petfood market data

If you rely on data from the US Department of Agriculture on grain crops and prices -- or data on other petfood ingredients -- you may have cause for concern. Possible US federal budget cuts may affect the agency's ability to continue to provide such timely and accurate data, according to Joe Prusacki, director of the statistics division at USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).
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AFIA applauds adoption of feed additive max residue limits

President Joel Newman praises adoption of limits for ractopamine at Codex Alimentarius Commission meetings
American Feed Industry Association president and CEO, Joel G. Newman, attended recent Codex Alimentarius Commission meetings in Rome, Italy, praising the adoption of scientifically-based maximum residue limits for the feed additive ractopamine as a testament to the commission's focus on food safety and science. “AFIA applauds those nations that voted to uphold the core science-based principles of Codex," said Newman. 
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Rice industry may benefit from pet humanization trend

Rice, as a low-allergenic grain, should be used more in petfood, says Central Garden and Pet Inc. president of business development
The pet humanization trend provides a huge growth market for the US rice industry as pet owners, even during recessionary times, are increasingly purchasing premium and ultra-premium petfoods for their animals, said Jim Heim, president of business development for Central Garden and Pet Inc., at the 113th USA Rice Millers' Association convention. With US$1.8 billion in annual consumer spending in the pet segment, including US$60 billion in global sales of petfood and treats, Heim said that rice is an ideal petfood ingredient because it is nutritious and the least allergenic of all grains. 
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