Pet Food Ingredients

FDA lays out options for new ingredients

How do GRAS notifications compare with the other primary means to allow for use of new ingredients?

As of the time of this writing, initiation of the US  Food and Drug Administration 's (FDA) pilot program to accept generally recognized as safe (GRAS) notifications for animal feed and petfood ingredients is still pending. However, in anticipation of the start of the program later in 2010, several presentations on the subject were given at the  Association of American Feed Control Officials  (AAFCO) meeting in January. Most interesting is how GRAS notifications compare and contrast with the other primary means to allow for use of new ingredients.

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Peas in petfood

The lowly pea appears to be an effective ingredient for the next generation of dog and cat diets
As petfood companies and pet owners continue to explore a broader range of ingredient options, the lowly pea (Pisum sativum) has been gaining in popularity. Not to be confused with the fresh or succulent green pea, the type that is being used in an ever widening array of applications is dried peas.
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Pulses: new ingredients for petfoods?

With the availability of quality ingredients declining, perhaps we need to explore this category
In the search for new, high quality, raw material sources with consumer appeal and a solid nutritional pedigree, pulses are one class of ingredient that the petfood industry has all but completely overlooked. Is that because of limited availability, poor acceptability by the pet, misperceptions about acceptable ingredients for pets or some other intrinsic nutritional or health issue?
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Call to action 2010

5 small steps would streamline information on petfood ingredients to help communicate with pet owners
5 small steps would streamline information on petfood ingredients to help communicate with pet owners
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The 'catch me if you can' B vitamin

Thiamine, an essential ingredient for cats and dogs, can be lost during typical petfood production
A recent recall regarding cat food suspected of being low in thiamine (vitamin B1) brings to light something that the regulatory agencies, ingredient suppliers and food industry (including petfood) have taken for granted for years-that all issues regarding vitamin losses from harvest to consumption have been conclusively modeled and addressed. Not so.
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Reaching for the extreme edge

Exotic ingredients are being added to petfoods to grab attention and capitalize on high-growth trends
Strange, new, exotic ingredients are showing up in petfoods. Sure, new ingredients have been migrating into petfood for years.
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Dietary phosphorus sources

This critical dietary element comes from common origins with uncommon names
Phosphorus is an absolutely critical dietary element. Metabolically, it is involved in the structural composition of bone, is a vital part of genetic messaging in phosphodiester linkages of DNA and RNA nucleotides, is involved with transport of energy through high-energy phosphate bonds (ATP), plays a role in systemic acid-base balance and is involved in fat and protein utilization via phospholipids and phosphoproteins.
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Mold inhibitor of choice

Potassium sorbate is safe, effective and one of the more popular ingredients for battling mold
Preventing the appearance of mold in foods is a constant battle, and petfoods are no exception. Everyone has experienced the gray-green mold on bread or splotches on cheese; with petfoods, many have had an encounter with "fuzzy" biscuits or green kibbles.
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Plankton: coming soon to a petfood near you

Microalgae products have much untapped promise for supplying essential nutrients
Petfood manufacturers have for years been aggressively exploring the world for quality economical ingredients. More recently, companies have tried to find novel and unusual ingredients to attract pet owners' attention. But a new motivation may soon be pushing the introduction of novel ingredients--scarcity.
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