Pet Food Ingredients

Petfood manufacturer executive discusses importance of USDA

Paul Hughes of Nestle Purina PetCare says USDA is needed to provide unbiased information to manufacturers of all sizes
In a recent webinar series, Paul Hughes, an executive with petfood manufacturer Nestle Purina PetCare, discussed the importance of the US Department of Agriculture in the petfood industry, amid concerns over budget cuts for the department. Hughes provided an analogy relating the importance of an umpire in the game of baseball to the importance of USDA in providing information to the commodity market, on such things as petfood ingredients.
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Petfood experts target key opportunities and challenges

Petfood safety tops the list of issues facing the industry, with bright prospects for product development, premiumization and emerging markets
It’s probably no surprise that when Petfood Industry asked experts from throughout the world for their insights on the industry’s key opportunities and challenges, they identified many more challenges. After all, our industry is facing a number of difficult issues now, with more on the horizon. But these experts also listed plenty of opportunities to continue to grow and innovate.
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Corn crop increases, along with wheat prices

The global corn harvest may set another record this year, with a 9% increase in yield over the 2011 crop, itself a record, according to Dr. Joseph Glauber, chief economist at the US Department of Agriculture. The rise in the global crop is being driven by an almost 20% increase in the US harvest, he said.
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Give peas a chance

Novel proteins from legumes and other plants may be one of the most sustainable crops for petfood formulas
Dr. Gary Lynch, PhD, senior project coordinator of technical sales for Roquetter America Inc. explains the benefits—including the crop's sustainability—of the yellow pea in his Petfood Forum presentation, Ingredients From the Yellow Pea: Pet Food Applications.  
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Lactic acid: magic bullet for petfood safety?

Natural, label friendly and well liked by cats and dogs, lactic acid is relatively easy to incorporate into pet diets for controlling microbial growth
With the advent of the Food Safety Modernization Act, manufacturers of extruded and baked petfood and pet treats feel like they have their necks under a knife’s edge. To some, that may seem overly dramatic, especially given the blade at their neck is held by the smallest of creatures: Salmonella.
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New Zealand eel exported to US for novel petfood protein

Researchers say long fin eel species is declining, push for ban on exports
Researchers in New Zealand are calling for petfood companies to stop exporting eel to the United States to be used as a novel protein source in petfoods. One local petfood company, Addiction Foods, exports a range of gourmet petfoods to the US and other markets, marketing them as hypoallergenic or "earth-friendly."
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Get 'green' with the ingredients in the petfood bag

Novel protein sources and plant-based ingredients that are eco-friendly and renewable appeal to today's pet parents
As petfood manufacturers and marketers, our industry is constantly asking the question, "What are consumers looking for in the bag?" And the answer to that question is relatively simple: pet parents want to be able to scrutinize your product's ingredients and they want to know several key things about them.
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Petfood Forum China 2012 online registration now open

Register by August 20 to save more than 15 percent on admission to China's first petfood conference
Online registration is now open for China's first petfood conference, Petfood Forum China 2012, which will be held October 12 in Shanghai, co-located with Pet Fair Asia. Taking place at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center, Petfood Forum China offers pet industry professionals with the latest on pet nutrition, petfood ingredients, processing and packaging technologies, and new product development processes from leading petfood consultants, manufacturers, suppliers and academicians.
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AFIA to host Liquid Feed Symposium in September

Event features speakers, achievement recognition of those in the agricultural liquid supplement industry.
The American Feed Industry Association’s Liquid Feed Committee will host the 42nd annual Liquid Feed Symposium, September 12-14, at the Grand Hyatt Denver in Colorado, USA. The program educates and promotes the agricultural liquid supplement industry, with speaker presentations, research funding, achievement recognition and the Liquid Feed Symposium Trade Show.
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Effects of omega-3 fatty acids in cockatiels

Modification of psittacine diets with long chain omega-3 fatty acid from fish oil appears safe and may be beneficial to these long-lived companion birds
Although dietary omega-3 (n-3) fatty acids have been extensively studied in poultry, they have not yet been prospectively investigated in psittacines despite potential benefits for preventing and treating atherosclerosis, osteoarthritis and other chronic disease processes. This study investigated the incorporation of dietary n-3 fatty acids into red blood cells (RBC) and determined the effects of supplementation of psittacine diets with fish or flax oil on plasma lipids and lipoproteins in the cockatiel.
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