Sustainable Dog and Cat Food

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Pet food processing, ingredient, claims research gaps seen

Despite differences among companies by size, new research on certain topics may interest the leaders of all dog, cat and other pet food brands.

Few researchers have stopped to ask if academic and market research provides the specific insights that pet food industry executives feel they need.


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He/she/it: how pronouns grant personhood to pets, wildlife

While much of the globalized economy has moved far from concerns over reciprocating with nature, pet owners form relationships with their animals that benefit all involved. Pet ownership serves as a vestige of that ancient connection to other animals, plants and aspects of nature.

While much of the globalized economy has moved far from concerns over reciprocating with nature, pet owners form relationships with their animals that benefit all involved. Pet ownership serves as a vestige of that ancient connection to other animals, plants and aspects of nature.


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Clashing trends create pet food sustainability dichotomies

The economic viability of the pet food industry may depend on how well businesses can adapt to use only the resources they need, while minding what others need now and in perpetuity.

For the pet food industry, competing trends create contradictions that challenge the development of sustainable business models from ingredient sourcing and manufacturing to marketing, packaging and distribution.


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How is shark in pet food despite Mars, Purina standards?

A 2019 study found DNA from two shark species in pet foods sold in the United States. More recently, researchers identified shark genetic material in cat foods purchased in Singapore.

Neither Mars Petcare not Nestlé Purina PetCare use sharks in any of their recipes. Both have supply chain protocols that should screen out ingredients made with sharks, along with other endangered species.


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Shark DNA found in 32 cat foods: Sheba, Whiskas, Kit Cat…

The CITES Appendix II listed silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) was the second most frequently encountered species in the pet foods.

Scientists suggested that endangered silky sharks and other species ended up in pet foods. However, the researchers couldn’t determine the route by which the shark meat made its way into the pet food supply chain.


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