Pet Food Ingredients


Controversy threatens GRAS process for petfood ingredients

In the debate over whether AAFCO will accept ‘no questions’ from FDA to allow new ingredients, our industry can learn from human foods
A single thread of controversy entangled nearly every committee discussion during the annual Association of American Feed Control Officials meeting in August 2011. That thread was the impending change in the way the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Veterinary Medicine will oversee the safety of ingredients in petfoods and other animal feeds from now on—and how that change could severely inhibit the industry’s ability to demonstrate the acceptability of its ingredients to state regulators.
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Impact of high fat and fructose diet in dogs

These data reveal a host of deleterious metabolic consequences associated with consumption of a high-fat, high-fructose diet
The aim of this study was to elucidate the impact of a high-fat, high-fructose diet (HFFD; fat, 52%; fructose, 17%), in the presence of a partial (~65%) pancreatectomy (PPx), on the response of the liver and extrahepatic tissues to an orally administered, liquid mixed meal. Adult male dogs were fed either a nonpurified, canine control diet (CTR; fat, 26%; no fructose) or a HFFD for eight weeks.
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Water intake in domestic rabbits

For optimal water provision and urolith prophylaxis, we recommend a diet high in fresh food plus hay ad libitum, with free water access offered in an open bowl
Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) often suffer from urolithiasis. A high water intake is important in the prophylaxis of uroliths.
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Can cats convert β-carotene to retinol?

The appearance of [2H4]-retinol in plasma indicates cats are capable of converting β-carotene to active vitamin A, though conversion efficiency was not calculated
Many animals convert β-carotene to retinol to meet their vitamin A (VA) requirement. However, this pathway is inefficient in many carnivores.
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Fiber analysis and digestibility in petfoods

A combination of total dietary fiber and crude fiber analyses might give good information on the content of total, unfermentable and partially fermentable fiber in petfoods
Six dry dog foods and six dry cat foods with different carbohydrate sources were investigated in digestion trials. Food and fecal samples were analyzed for crude fiber (CF), total dietary fiber (TDF) and starch.
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Greenopia's consumer tips on natural petfood selection

Greenopia research director tells consumers what too look for in organic, natural petfoods
A popular trend in the petfood industry is consumers' recent demands for natural and organic petfoods. In an article from, Doug Mazeffa, research director at, offers tips to consumers on selecting a "green" petfood.  
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Petfood professionals attend extrusion course in Kansas

Kansas State University hosts short course on petfood technologies, ingredients
Petfood professionals interested in learning about the latest extrusion processing technologies met at Kansas State University in August to participate in the Extrusion Processing: Technology and Commercialization short course. The course, hosted by the University's International Grains Program, was attended by 36 professionals from seven countries who came to Sabetha, Kansas, USA, to study the latest ingredients, technologies and applications  
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Canadian ingredient company uses egg 'waste' in petfood

US$405,000 grant will allow Perth County Ingredients to expand operations
A US$405,000 grant through Ontario, Canada's Rural Economic Development program will allow a petfood ingredient supplier to turn egg "waste" into high-protein petfood products, The Beacon Herald reported. Perth County Ingredients, a subsidiary of Vanderpol's Eggs, began producing petfood ingredients at the plant, previously used for egg processing, in May 2011.
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Three prescription diet petfood myths addressed

Commercial prescription diet petfoods not necessarily the only option, article says
A recent eNewsChannels article aims to clarify three myths for pet owners about prescription diet petfoods. The first myth is that commercially prepared prescription diets are the only option for pets that require a special diet. 
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Riboflavin: golden yellow heart of a pet’s metabolism

A key nutrient, riboflavin (vitamin B2) lies at the very heart of a dog or cat’s metabolism and health
Riboflavin (vitamin B2) is one of those vitamins we don’t hear much about in petfood production. Unlike with several other vitamins, the requirement for dogs and cats has been relatively well researched, it hasn’t been implicated in unfounded controversy and petfood manufacturers fortify foods to the necessary level with relative ease.
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