Pet Food Ingredients

Bringing sustainable ingredients to petfood

Companies like The Honest Kitchen, Pulse Canada and Mars Petcare are making "green" ingredients a top priority
For the environmentally conscious consumers who have done it all, from greening their homes to decarbonizing their travel, there’s a new frontier: greening their pets. In June, Petfood Industry conducted a survey of our petfood professional readers and asked them about their thoughts on sustainability and the pet market.
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Citric acid suffers from misperceptions and misplaced blame

Internet claims have led some pet owners to doubt the safety and utility of this natural functional ingredient
In petfood, citric acid is a common additive used mostly in the fat preservative (antioxidant) system. Food and nutrition experts consider this ingredient a natural functional compound, which, at its worst, is benign to pet health and wellness. However, increasingly pervasive internet claims have led some pet owners to doubt its safety and utility.
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FAO recognized primary pulses

These pulse crops are recognized by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
These pulse crops are recognized by the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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Vitamin A – a balancing act

Supplementation of this essential vitamin requires ensuring enough, but not too much, is in the diet the day it is eaten
In an age of extremes and absolutes, vitamin A serves as a potent example of the necessity of balance in diet and nutrition. This is an important vitamin that has a direct effect on vision, the endocrine system in many ways and gene expression modulation.
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Protein from potatoes?

Potato protein has features that make it a viable candidate for petfood applications
The terms potato and protein don't often come up in the same sentence--probably because we think of potatoes solely as a starch source. But in our ever-expanding search for useful ingredients in the petfood industry, potato protein, a concentrated extract from the potato tuber, has turned up in several specialty petfoods in the last couple of years.
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Is vitamin C needed?

Why is supplementing with vitamin C so common in petfoods?
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) was discovered in 1928 as the agent in citrus that prevented scurvy. The structure of what was then called hexuronic acid was identified by Haworth in 1933, and a process for its synthesis was described by Reichstein in that same year.
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Vitamin D -- for pets, sunlight isn't enough

Diets for dogs and cats must be fortified with this essential nutrient.
We read a great deal about vitamin D in the popular press these days. Beyond the age-old deficiency diseases, it is now reported that supplemental vitamin D in people has an influence on a wide range of conditions including cognitive function, osteoporosis, fatigue, diabetes, cancer and more.
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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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