Pet Food Ingredients

International Grains Program to hold extrusion processing course in August

Course for petfood manufacturers includes hands-on sessions and trip to Wenger Manufacturing
The International Grains Program at Kansas State University will hold an extrusion processing short course from Aug. 9-12, at the IGP Conference Center. The course is geared toward technical and managerial personnel in the petfood, feed and ingredient industries.
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Over 620 attend AFIA 2011 Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference

Event covered domestic, international states of agriculture industry, grain outlook, sustainability
Over 620 members of the livestock feed and pet food industries attended the 2011 Purchasing and Ingredient Suppliers Conference, an annual three-day event of the American Feed Industry Association held in Las Vegas, Nev., from March 2 through 4. Tanya Dowda with Land O’Lakes Purina Feed provided the event's opening remarks and was followed by Al Gunderson, chairman of the IFEEDER board of trustees.
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Tapioca: A novel starch source for petfood

This ingredient has become especially prevalent in no-grain and elimination diets
In the search for more novel ingredients to use in petfood, a new starch source, tapioca, has begun to find its way into some specialty foods. This ingredient has become especially prevalent in no-grain and “elimination” diets.
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What’s in a name? New and proposed petfood ingredients

During its last meeting, AAFCO took action on a number of new and proposed ingredients
Despite the expectation that the Food and Drug Administration will phase out its participation in the Association of American Feed Control Officials feed ingredient definition process by 2012, there are still many ingredients in the definition pipeline. During its “mid-year” meeting in January, AAFCO took action on a number of new and proposed ingredients, at least a few of which have impact on petfoods.
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Nestlé Purina: building on a tradition of trust

Already an icon, this petfood leader continues to improve, innovate and grow
When a company has been making petfood for 90 years and has an iconic name and unprecedented trust in the marketplace, you might think it has no new heights to scale. Yet Nestlé Purina PetCare is not content to rest on history or reputation. In November 2010, the company reached a new milestone by earning the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.
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Use of scFOS and GOS in healthy adult cats

Low level supplementation of scFOS, GOS and their combination exert positive effects on select indices of gut health in cats
Short-chain fructooligosaccharides (scFOS) and galactooligosaccharides (GOS) are non-digestible oligosaccharides that result in a prebiotic effect in some animal species; however, the cat has not been well studied in this regard. This experiment evaluated scFOS and GOS supplementation on nutrient digestibility, fermentative end-product production and fecal microbial ecology of cats.
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Total ghrelin measurement in dogs

The human ELISA validated in this study showed a good intra-assay precision and was better at distinguishing high and low canine ghrelin levels than the canine ELISA assay
The aim of this study was to validate two commercially available ELISA assays for total ghrelin measurement in dogs: one canine-specific and one originally designed for measuring human ghrelin. The two assays showed intra-assay coefficient of variations (CVs) lower than 10%, while the inter-assay CVs exceeded the 15% limit.
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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 pntonline.com. 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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