Pet Food Ingredients

Nutro Co. scientist discusses using poultry by-products as petfood ingredients

USPOULTRY seminar addresses use of chicken meal, poultry fat in pets' diets
USPOULTRY and the Poultry Protein and Fat Council recently discussed using poultry by-products as petfood ingredients at the 2011 Poultry Protein and Fat Seminar in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. In his presentation, The Importance of Rendered Ingredients in Pet Foods, Jim Eastin, supplier quality assurance scientist for Nutro Company, provided an overview of the dry pet food process and examined the benefits of chicken meal and poultry fat in pets' diets.
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NASC Adverse-Event Reporting System minimizes pet, human contamination risks

NASC's ability to scan products for ingredients allows for quicker notification to companies
The US Food and Drug Administration issued a recall on October 6 for Salmonella contamination in Thumb Oilseed’s soy flour, which is used to manufacture certain animal foods. But, the National Animal Supplement Council's ability to scan thousands of products and ingredients in its NASC Adverse-Event Reporting System allowed NASC to identify 27 products containing soy flour and notify the eight companies selling these products with specific instructions on how to check the ingredient with raw material suppliers.  
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Examiner.com says genetically engineered ingredients often found in cat food

Recent article examines the use of GE ingredients like corn, soy, canola oil in petfoods
A recent article on Examiner.com discusses the amount of genetically engineered, or genetically modified, GMO, ingredients that may be found in cat foods. The article cites Justlabelit.org, which says that GE foods are altered at a molecular level in ways that would not otherwise happen naturally, meaning the genetic makeup of plants and animals is altered using DNA molecules from other sources to create a new set of genes that exhibit specific traits.  
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Nutrition trends: Allergen-free petfoods

Corn-free, wheat-free and gluten-free pet diets are changing the way we formulate food
Food allergy and intolerance in dogs and cats are potentially serious problems that can result in sensitive or irritated skin, coat and ear conditions or gastrointestinal upset. Pets that have adverse reactions to food typically experience an abnormal response to the protein in their diet.
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Niacin: key compound in pets’ metabolism

Also known as vitamin B3, this ingredient is vital for healthy maintenance of pets' nervous tissues, GI tracts and skin functions
Niacin was the third B vitamin to be identified as a dietary essential for its role in treating the deficiency disease “black tongue” in dogs and a disease with a similar etiology, pellagra, in humans. The discovery was tied to pets and humans consuming diets nearly monopolized by grains and deficient in quality proteins.
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How diet change affects canine microbiomes

The proximate analysis suggests the potential for reduced digestibility, higher fiber content or resistant starches as potential causes for shifts in fecal pH and microflora
Many dietary factors influence fecal output and consistency, including digestibility, fiber and resistant starches. To better understand how dietary change can influence the microbiome and fecal characteristics, we performed a feeding trial using two different foods in six dogs.
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Amino acid profile of scarlet macaw chicks

The lower crude protein and amino acid densities could result from a combination of differences in the essential AA composition of the body tissues and other factors
Hand rearing of neonates is a common practice for the propagation of psittacines. However, nutritional requirements for their growth and development are not well understood and malnutrition is common.
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How fatty acids affect adipokines in cats

EPA may ameliorate the decrease in adiponectin and the increase in insulin and triglyceride concentrations in obese cats
The aim was to determine associations between serum concentrations of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and concentrations of adiponectin, leptin and insulin in 56 healthy, adult, client-owned cats. Body condition score (BCS) was determined and blood samples were collected after food was withheld for 12 hours.
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NASC launches raw material supplier quality assurance program

Raw material suppliers, contract manufacturers may apply for NASC Quality Supply Chain Partner Seal
National Animal Supplement Council initiated a third-party quality assurance program specifically for raw material suppliers and contract manufacturers. As an extension of the organization’s current NASC Quality Seal Program for finished products in the animal health supplement industry, raw material suppliers and contract manufacturers can now apply for a NASC Quality Supply Chain Partner Seal.
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