Pet Food Ingredients

Geometric analysis of cats’ macronutrient selection

These results add to the growing appreciation that carnivores regulate macronutrient intake and have important implications for designing feeding regimens for companion animals
Several feeding studies on adult domestic cats are designed to disentangle the complex interactions among dietary protein, fat and carbohydrate in the control of intake. Using geometric techniques that combine mixture triangles and intake plots from the geometric framework, we demonstrate that cats balance their macronutrient intake, estimate the composition of the target balance and reveal the priorities given to different macronutrients under dietary conditions where the target is unachievable.
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DSM's acquisition of Martek cleared by Spain's National Competition Commission

National Competition Commission's clearance is final step in takeover deal
Royal DSM received clearance from the Counsel of the National Competition Commission in Spain for the previously-announced takeover of Martek Biosciences Corp. This was the final clearance needed under applicable antitrust and competition laws, thus satisfying the takeover offer completely, according to the company.
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Higher feed prices mean tough choices for consumers and their pets

Rising grain and corn prices reflected in higher petfood costs
Consumers may be forced to make choices regarding their companion animals' food as the prices for corn and grain rise, driving up feed prices, according to In the last 12 months, the commodity values for corn and grain have nearly doubled, the US Department of Agriculture reported.
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European Food Safety Authority issues guidance on petfood additives

Guidance available on EFSA website
The European Food Safety Authority Panel on Additives and Products or Substances used in Animal Feed, FEEDAP, published a guidance for assessing additives in petfood. FEEDAP's opinion, "Guidance on the assessment of additives intended to be used in pets and other non food-producing animals," was published February 1 by EFSA Journal.
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PCB and dioxin: side effects of our industrialized world

A recent incident in Germany reminds us that these contaminants have the potential to enter our raw material stream
This column is usually reserved for a review of the various features of a specific ingredient used in petfoods. But this issue, the focus is on a class of contaminants that periodically find their way into food and feed for humans and animals. 
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Consumers still concerned with source of petfood ingredients

Best chance of protection for pets may be knowing where products come from
Despite increased regulation in the petfood market, consumers are still concerned with the safety of their pet's food and where the ingredients are sourced from, according to a Baltimore Sun  article. Knowing where products come from may offer consumers the best chance at making informed choices when selecting a petfood.
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Market Report: Supplements and petfood come together

Ironically, functional petfoods could help pet supplements’ quest for regulatory recognition and consumer acceptance
Petfood and pet supplements have always overlapped in terms of ingredients, but now the marketers making the products are becoming interchangeable. The line is being crossed from both sides, as more supplement marketers edge into food with function-infused chewable tablets and treats and as more petfood marketers delve into nutraceutical foods and treats.
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SPF wins 2011 Global Pets Forum Award

Global palatant petfood company earns award for innovation and CSR
SPF, the global petfood palatant company headquartered in France, was announced as the winner of the 2011 Global Pets Forum Award on January 27 during the Global Pets Forum conference in Barcelona, Spain. The conference and award are organized by Pets International magazine.
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The Honest Kitchen implements vendor pledge system for petfood ingredients

Suppliers required to formally declare ingredients comply with company's criteria
The Honest Kitchen implemented a system of vendor pledges, which all suppliers will be required to complete and sign prior to providing raw petfood ingredients into the company’s human food grade production facility. The vendor pledges require formal declaration and annual renewal from suppliers of each petfood ingredient that various criteria are met.  
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Businesses look to turn Great Lakes Asian carp invasion into profit through petfood, oil

Business plan in the works for area food processing plants
A group of businesses in the Great Lakes area is developing a business plan to make Asian carp, an invasive species found in the Great Lakes, into a profitable food and byproduct. Some restaurants already serve the fish on their menus, but food processing plants now have the idea of turning the carp into petfood and fish oil.
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