Pet Food Ingredients

AFB International donates to Illinois, USA, shelter through 'Points 4 Pets'

Company donation made following April's Petfood Forum event in Schaumburg, Illinois, USA
Petfood ingredient supplier AFB International's "Points 4 Pets" program recently donated money to an Illinois, USA, animal shelter during WATT Publishing Company's PetFood Forum event. The “Points 4 Pets” donation program uses a basketball pop-a-shot game to determine a donation amount.
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DuPont completes tender offer for Danisco stock shares

DuPont chair says company will integrate Danisco into animal health and nutrition business
DuPont, through its wholly-owned subsidiary DuPont Denmark Holding ApS, announced that it successfully completed its tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of Danisco for DKK 700 (US$131.38) cash per share. All shares that were properly tendered have been accepted for purchase, according to the company.
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Feeding dried okara-tempeh to dogs

Dried okara-tempeh is effective for improving the fecal environment in dogs. Okara, which is currently discarded, can be used in dog food
Okara is a white or yellowish pulp comprising the insoluble portion of soybeans. It is low in fat, high in fiber and contains protein, calcium, iron and riboflavin.
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Adaptation of healthy cats to dietary fibers

Adaptation to either FOS or pectin led to greater SCFA and gas production, but adaptation to FOS resulted in the greatest effect overall
Nine young adult male cats were used to determine the effects of microbial adaptation to select dietary fiber sources on changes in pH in vitro, total and hydrogen gas, short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) and branched-chain fatty acid (BCFA) production. Cats were adapted to diets containing 4% cellulose, fructooligosaccharides (FOS) or pectin for 30 days prior to fecal sampling.
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NASC honors pet companies with awards for commitment to quality

Awards presented to 15 companies, individuals for improving animal health supplement industry
National Animal Supplement Council hosted its inaugural awards dinner at its annual conference on May 12 in San Diego, California, USA. Fifteen companies and individuals were honored for going above and beyond in their commitment to quality, education and improving the standards of the animal health supplement industry.
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Biomin survey finds mycotoxins present in raw materials and feed

Research finds differences in mycotoxin presence depending on geographic location
Biomin conducted a survey on the presence of mycotoxins in raw materials and animal feed, which found that mycotoxins are, more often than not, present. Out of the more than 3,300 samples tested during the 12-month period from January to December 2010, 78% tested positive for mycotoxin presence.  
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Canadian petfood company launches dry dog food line with all fresh ingredients

CARNA4 Inc. says it has created first dry dog food to use real food ingredients
CARNA4 Inc., a Canada-based petfood start-up, says it has created the first dry dog food to use real food ingredients that are all grown in the US and Canada, without vitamin and mineral pre-mixes or other additives. The company says its dog food is made with fresh, table-grade chicken, wild salmon, eggs, whole produce and sprouted seeds, all baked to preserve authentic flavors and nutrients.
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FDA issues regulations for importing petfood ingredients

Regulations effective July 3 to help ensure food safety in the US
In May, the Food and Drug Administration announced two new regulations to help ensure the safety and security of foods and petfoods in the US. The rules are the first to be issued by FDA under the authorities granted by the Food Safety Modernization Act, signed into law by President Obama in January. Both rules will take effect July 3, 2011.
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Palm kernel meal in UK petfood contributing to deforestation

UK consumes 10% of all palm oil byproduct produced
British pets and other animals consume 10% of all palm kernel meal—a byproduct of palm oil—produced in the world, which may be contributing to the destruction of the rainforests where the oil is found. The UK imported a total of 643,400 metric tons of palm oil and 663,300 metric tons of palm kernel meal in 2009, according to "Mapping and understanding the UK palm oil supply chain," a report completed for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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Bisphenol A: incidental non-ingredient

For petfood, the issue is its use in the epoxy resin that lines the inside of cans
In the production of petfoods—no different than human foods—there are a number of compounds that make their way into the food that aren’t a part of the formula/recipe or stated on the ingredient listing. This is nothing underhanded or disingenuous, merely a function of the process, package and regulations.
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