Pet Food Ingredients

What’s in a name? New and proposed petfood ingredients

During its last meeting, AAFCO took action on a number of new and proposed ingredients
Despite the expectation that the Food and Drug Administration will phase out its participation in the Association of American Feed Control Officials feed ingredient definition process by 2012, there are still many ingredients in the definition pipeline. During its “mid-year” meeting in January, AAFCO took action on a number of new and proposed ingredients, at least a few of which have impact on petfoods.
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Nestlé Purina: building on a tradition of trust

Already an icon, this petfood leader continues to improve, innovate and grow
When a company has been making petfood for 90 years and has an iconic name and unprecedented trust in the marketplace, you might think it has no new heights to scale. Yet Nestlé Purina PetCare is not content to rest on history or reputation. In November 2010, the company reached a new milestone by earning the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
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Use of scFOS and GOS in healthy adult cats

Low level supplementation of scFOS, GOS and their combination exert positive effects on select indices of gut health in cats
Short-chain fructooligosaccharides (scFOS) and galactooligosaccharides (GOS) are non-digestible oligosaccharides that result in a prebiotic effect in some animal species; however, the cat has not been well studied in this regard. This experiment evaluated scFOS and GOS supplementation on nutrient digestibility, fermentative end-product production and fecal microbial ecology of cats.
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Total ghrelin measurement in dogs

The human ELISA validated in this study showed a good intra-assay precision and was better at distinguishing high and low canine ghrelin levels than the canine ELISA assay
The aim of this study was to validate two commercially available ELISA assays for total ghrelin measurement in dogs: one canine-specific and one originally designed for measuring human ghrelin. The two assays showed intra-assay coefficient of variations (CVs) lower than 10%, while the inter-assay CVs exceeded the 15% limit.
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Geometric analysis of cats’ macronutrient selection

These results add to the growing appreciation that carnivores regulate macronutrient intake and have important implications for designing feeding regimens for companion animals
Several feeding studies on adult domestic cats are designed to disentangle the complex interactions among dietary protein, fat and carbohydrate in the control of intake. Using geometric techniques that combine mixture triangles and intake plots from the geometric framework, we demonstrate that cats balance their macronutrient intake, estimate the composition of the target balance and reveal the priorities given to different macronutrients under dietary conditions where the target is unachievable.
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DSM's acquisition of Martek cleared by Spain's National Competition Commission

National Competition Commission's clearance is final step in takeover deal
Royal DSM received clearance from the Counsel of the National Competition Commission in Spain for the previously-announced takeover of Martek Biosciences Corp. This was the final clearance needed under applicable antitrust and competition laws, thus satisfying the takeover offer completely, according to the company.
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Higher feed prices mean tough choices for consumers and their pets

Rising grain and corn prices reflected in higher petfood costs
Consumers may be forced to make choices regarding their companion animals' food as the prices for corn and grain rise, driving up feed prices, according to In the last 12 months, the commodity values for corn and grain have nearly doubled, the US Department of Agriculture reported.
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European Food Safety Authority issues guidance on petfood additives

Guidance available on EFSA website
The European Food Safety Authority Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed, FEEDAP, published a guidance for assessing additives in petfood. FEEDAP's opinion, "Guidance on the assessment of additives intended to be used in pets and other non food-producing animals," was published February 1 by EFSA Journal.
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PCB and dioxin: side effects of our industrialized world

A recent incident in Germany reminds us that these contaminants have the potential to enter our raw material stream
This column is usually reserved for a review of the various features of a specific ingredient used in petfoods. But this issue, the focus is on a class of contaminants that periodically find their way into food and feed for humans and animals. 
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Consumers still concerned with source of petfood ingredients

Best chance of protection for pets may be knowing where products come from
Despite increased regulation in the petfood market, consumers are still concerned with the safety of their pet's food and where the ingredients are sourced from, according to a Baltimore Sun  article. Knowing where products come from may offer consumers the best chance at making informed choices when selecting a petfood.
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