Pet Food Ingredients

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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Potassium chloride: popular potassium source for petfoods

Potassium chloride is nutritionally effective, reasonably priced and readily available
When balancing the macro-mineral portion of a petfood, calcium and phosphorus are usually the first priority, magnesium seldom requires adjustment, and sodium and chloride, if inadequate, are easily met with a pinch of salt (sodium chloride). All that remains is potassium.
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Nourishing nutrition for pet skin and coat health

The latest ingredients and products to help cats and dogs have healthy, shiny coats and skin
Functional petfoods continue to gain popularity with pet parents because of a simple fact: Food and treats that promise improved health for their animals appeal to consumers. Skin and coat health seem to be particularly important to dog and cat owners. 
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Why you should read 'Feed Your Pet Right'

This book takes a decidedly different turn from the usual consumer-oriented petfood fodder
I met Drs. Marion Nestle and Malden C. Nesheim, the authors of Feed Your Pet Right (Free Press, 2010), at Petfood Forum 2010. Admittedly, prior to their presentation, I was quite skeptical about what I was going to hear, as both authors were self-proclaimed outsiders to the petfood arena.
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Pea fiber: a functional petfood ingredient

With a label-friendly name, pea fiber offers an effective, reasonable alternative fiber source for companion animal diets
Pea fiber can be found in an increasing number of petfoods, especially in the premium, holistic and alternative format products. This ingredient is relatively new to petfoods and may be a strategic addition to counteract a growing consumer discontent with beet pulp and an absolute resistance to any of the functional fibers derived from wheat (e.g., bran), corn (corn bran) or soy (soyhulls)—all commonly perceived as cheap fillers. While this impression about the functional utility of these standard fibers is a long way from the truth, it certainly underscores that consumer perception rules the day.
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