Pet Food Ingredients

Alltech provides petfood industry insight at International Animal Health Symposium

Symposium includes seminars on Salmonella in petfood, companion animal obesity, traceability
Alltech will provide insight and offer solutions to challenges in the petfood industry at its 27th International Animal Health and Nutrition Symposium. The Symposium, entitled "The Game Changers: Creative Concepts for Agribusiness to Respond to Relentless Commoditization and to Innovate for a Greener Future," will be held at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington, Kentucky, USA, from May 22-25.
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New Zealand vet offers petfood line based on diets of wild cats, dogs

Uncooked petfood range made from animals like rabbit, possum, fish for better digestion, vet says
An Auckland, New Zealand, veternarian launched a range of uncooked petfoods designed to replicate the natural diets of cats and dogs in the wild. Dr. Lyn Thomson recently opened the second shop for her petfood company, Raw Essentials, which she created because so many of her veterinary clients questioned the nutritional value of traditional, processed petfoods.  
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Mars Petcare launches Marine Stewardship Council certified products in UK

Select MSC-certified catfoods in UK stores as part of company effort to increase sustainability
Mars Petcare launched Marine Stewardship Council certified products in UK stores as part of the company's commitment to use only sustainably-sourced fish in all products by 2020. Select packs of Mars Petcare’s Sheba and Whiskas petfood lines for cats are MSC-certified and available in UK stores.
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International Grains Program to hold extrusion processing course in August

Course for petfood manufacturers includes hands-on sessions and trip to Wenger Manufacturing
The International Grains Program at Kansas State University will hold an extrusion processing short course from Aug. 9-12, at the IGP Conference Center. The course is geared toward technical and managerial personnel in the petfood, feed and ingredient industries.
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Over 620 attend AFIA 2011 Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference

Event covered domestic, international states of agriculture industry, grain outlook, sustainability
Over 620 members of the livestock feed and pet food industries attended the 2011 Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference, an annual three-day event of the American Feed Industry Association held in Las Vegas, Nev., from March 2 through 4. Tanya Dowda with Land O’Lakes Purina Feed provided the event's opening remarks and was followed by Al Gunderson, chairman of the IFEEDER board of trustees.
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Tapioca: A novel starch source for petfood

This ingredient has become especially prevalent in no-grain and elimination diets
In the search for more novel ingredients to use in petfood, a new starch source, tapioca, has begun to find its way into some specialty foods. This ingredient has become especially prevalent in no-grain and “elimination” diets.
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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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