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Sunshine Mills recalls dog foods for aflatoxin levels

The potential for aflatoxin levels above the acceptable limit in these products was discovered by routine sampling performed by the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.
No illnesses have been reported in association with these products to date, and no other Sunshine Mills, Inc. pet food products are affected by this announcement.
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U.S. owners don’t plan to change pet diet despite economy

Many pet owners may plan to maintain their animals’ diets despite personal or widespread economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seventy-one percent of survey respondents in the United States told the American Pet Product Association (APPA) that their pet’s diet was so important that they wouldn’t change it regardless of the economy or their finances.
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Safe history helps novel protein from wood-eating yeast

Wood-eating torula have several things going for them as a sustainable, novel protein source. Wood is abundant, renewable and doesn’t compete with human food crops.
For pet food, Torula yeast may have an advantage over other novel proteins. Torula yeast is already an approved ingredient, with a history of safe use.
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Pet food energy estimates exclude dog, cat body heat

Pet nutritionists use what's known as the modified Atwater equation to predict the energy density of food, she said, rather than running feeding trials in every situation.
Feeding trials provide the “gold standard” for determining the energy content of pet food, but trials using live animals may be too expensive or otherwise unavailable when pet food formulators test products.
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Human-pet bond strengthened by pandemic in U.S.

Restrictions on movement and socialization among people seems to have led to greater intimacy with those animals both less likely to spread the virus and sharing living quarters with quarantined Homo sapiens.
With a survey, American Pet Product Association (APPA) analysts studied how the attitudes of pet owners in the United States had changed as a result of the pandemic.
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Nature’s Menu dog food recalled for Salmonella

No illnesses, injuries or complaints have been reported to date.
Sunshine Mills, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of Nature’s Menu Super Premium Dog Food with a Blend of Real Chicken & Quail because of the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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