Pet Food Ingredients

Biomin survey finds mycotoxins present in raw materials and feed

Research finds differences in mycotoxin presence depending on geographic location
Biomin conducted a survey on the presence of mycotoxins in raw materials and animal feed, which found that mycotoxins are, more often than not, present. Out of the more than 3,300 samples tested during the 12-month period from January to December 2010, 78% tested positive for mycotoxin presence.  
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Canadian petfood company launches dry dog food line with all fresh ingredients

CARNA4 Inc. says it has created first dry dog food to use real food ingredients
CARNA4 Inc., a Canada-based petfood start-up, says it has created the first dry dog food to use real food ingredients that are all grown in the US and Canada, without vitamin and mineral pre-mixes or other additives. The company says its dog food is made with fresh, table-grade chicken, wild salmon, eggs, whole produce and sprouted seeds, all baked to preserve authentic flavors and nutrients.
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FDA issues regulations for importing petfood ingredients

Regulations effective July 3 to help ensure food safety in the US
In May, the Food and Drug Administration announced two new regulations to help ensure the safety and security of foods and petfoods in the US. The rules are the first to be issued by FDA under the authorities granted by the Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law by President Obama in January. Both rules will take effect July 3, 2011.
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Palm kernel meal in UK petfood contributing to deforestation

UK consumes 10% of all palm oil byproduct produced
British pets and other animals consume 10% of all palm kernel meal—a byproduct of palm oil—produced in the world, which may be contributing to the destruction of the rainforests where the oil is found. The UK imported a total of 643,400 metric tons of palm oil and 663,300 metric tons of palm kernel meal in 2009, according to "Mapping and understanding the UK palm oil supply chain," a report completed for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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Bisphenol A: incidental non-ingredient

For petfood, the issue is its use in the epoxy resin that lines the inside of cans
In the production of petfoods—no different than human foods—there are a number of compounds that make their way into the food that aren’t a part of the formula/recipe or stated on the ingredient listing. This is nothing underhanded or disingenuous, merely a function of the process, package and regulations.
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Hamlet Protein investing in new US plant

Plant opening in early 2012 will soon produce petfood ingredients
Hamlet Protein, a Denmark-based manufacturer of ingredients for the petfood and animal feed markets, is expanding to the US with a new plant in Findlay, Ohio, in early 2012. First producing products for the pig and dairy markets from the area’s large soybean crops, the plant will also soon produce petfood ingredients, said Ole Hansen, business development director, during Victam International 2011 in Cologne, Germany.
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Guar gum’s invisible presence in petfood

Found in nearly every brand of wet petfood, this ingredient is a real behind-the-scenes aid to the canning process
Guar gum is a common, but nearly invisible, ingredient in petfoods. It is found in almost every brand of wet petfood, whether marketed at a farm-and-fleet, grocery, big-box, indie or boutique store. However, you won’t find this ingredient on the shelf by itself at your local grocery, and it has low recognition with consumers.
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US court rules on melamine-tainted petfood settlement claims payout

New Jersey judge approves claims payout limit, makes way for payouts to begin
Four years after melamine-contaminated petfood sickened and killed thousands of pets in North America, a New Jersey, USA, court opinion was issued to clear the way for settlement claims payouts. The opinion by Judge Noel Hillman in the US District Court of New Jersey was the last piece of court action required to finalize the appeals of a US$24-million petfood settlement approved by Hillman in October 2008.  
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Companion animal cancer and nutrition: is there a link?

Research on the role nutrition may play in preventing and controlling canine and feline cancer is limited yet represents a promising field
Cancer can be considered a multi-organ, multi-factor, long-latency degenerative and chronic disease that results, in part, from a complex interplay of genetics, diet, lifestyle, inactivity, stress and environmental toxicants. Because carcinogenesis may span up to 10 years or more for certain canine and feline cancers, veterinary researchers have emerging opportunities to seek out dietary chemoprevention strategies to suppress the disease in its early, premalignant stages before clinical, invasive disease develops.
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