Pet Food Ingredients

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The formulator’s dilemma: how processing affects pet nutrition

Better understanding of processing influences allows you to turn the art of nutrient fortification into more of a science
Thermal processing—also known as cooking—of petfoods provides a number of benefits, including convenience, enhanced flavor and texture, improved consistency, pathogen control and decreased spoilage. However, extensive processing can increase variability, destroy essential nutrients and create unwholesome by-products. From a formulator’s perspective, this creates a dilemma regarding how to assure the diet is sufficiently fortified while avoiding excess after accounting for processing effects.
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Potential benefits of fiber ingredients

Fiber sources can induce different physiological responses in cats, reduce energy digestibility and favor glucose metabolism or improve gut health
The study compared the effects of three fiber sources on the energy and macronutrient digestibility, fermentation product formation, postprandial metabolite responses and colon histology of 24 overweight cats. The cats were fed one of four kibble diets: control (CO, 11.5% dietary fiber); beet pulp (BP, 26% dietary fiber); wheat bran (WB, 24% dietary fiber); or sugarcane fiber (SF, 28% dietary fiber).
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Hungary ethanol company trains 15 employees on CPM hammermill

Hammermill will be used for production of dried distillers grains with solubles at Pannonia Ethanol
CPM Roskamp Champion, a supplier of grinding, pelleting and cooling process technology for the petfood industry, recently trained 15 operators from Hungary’s Pannonia Ethanol on the CPM Roskamp Champion hammermill. The training was held at Highwater Ethanol in Lamberton, Minnesota, USA, an ethanol plant that’s been using the CPM Roskamp Champion Hammermill since it began production in 2009.  
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Vet cautions pet owners about feeding petfoods with novel ingredients

PetMD vet's blog says pet owners should be careful of feeding petfoods with novel ingredients to pets without a special condition
A recent blog from a veterinarian on PetMD, a pet health website, cautions pet owners about following a new petfood trend of feeding petfoods that contain "novel" ingredients. Dr. Jennifer Coates says petfood manufacturers have started to include "whacky ingredients" in their over-the-counter petfoods, such as buffalo or kangaroo.
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Australian plums may extend petfood shelf life

Scientists find two Australian plums with new anti-microbial substances
Australian scientists conducted tests that found new anti-microbial substances in two common native Australian plums that could help prolong the shelf life of petfood, according to a report. Testing done by scientists from Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation and Queensland government revealed that when small amounts of the kakadu and Queensland Davidson plums are combined with organic acids, the plums develop promising new anti-microbial properties.  
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Sodium selenite: Does this petfood ingredient warrant concern?

After decades of safe use, critics of the petfood industry have planted seeds of doubt and confusion about this essential ingredient
Selenium is an essential trace mineral for dogs and cats. Due to wide variation in selenium content among ingredients used to make petfoods, most manufacturers will include a supplemental source in their trace mineral premix. The predominant form used in petfood is sodium selenite, which has been used for decades without much issue.
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Petfood innovation: marketing vs. regulatory

In a competitive marketplace, products need innovative ingredients that are marketed to consumers—but in a way that complies with regulations.
While the marketing, R&D and regulatory departments within a petfood company share a common goal—to contribute to the success of the company—the respective functions of the first two departments compared to the last often appear diametrically opposed. In a competitive marketplace, the need to distinguish your products from others is a major key to success.
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Possible early indicators of feline obesity

Changes in plasma adiponectin concentration and cholesterol lipoprotein composition may be good early indicators of obesity in cats
Feline obesity generally results in aberrations to plasma metabolite levels, such as lipid concentrations and lipoprotein composition. This study sought to investigate the effect of obesity on cholesterol lipoprotein composition and circulating adiponectin concentrations.
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