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Pet food growth may outstrip animal protein supply

Animal protein production bottlenecks were only one of the supply chain issues facing the pet food industry now and in the near future, according to researchers in their examination of the interplay among human and pet food ingredient demands.

Animal protein production bottlenecks were only one of the supply chain issues facing the pet food industry now and in the near future, according to researchers in their examination of the interplay among human and pet food ingredient demands.


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Toxic pet food contaminants: Arsenic, BPA, PCB, aflatoxin…

With climate change and shifting growth patterns for crops, aflatoxin may become even more of an issue in the future.

In the production of pet foods, no different than human foods, there are a number of compounds that make their way into the food that aren’t a part of the formula/recipe or stated on the ingredient listing.


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Simmons Pet Food expands wet pet food plants, distribution

In Edgerton and Emporia, Kansas, USA. Simmons will invest approximately US$115 million in the pet food manufacturing plants and other facilities.

In Edgerton and Emporia, Kansas, USA. Simmons will invest approximately US$115 million in the pet food manufacturing plants and other facilities.


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Insect-based pet and people foods marketed together

The human and pet food worlds seem to be converging. The growing popularity of insect-based pet foods in Mexico exemplifies this.

The human and pet food worlds seem to be converging. The growing popularity of insect-based pet foods in Mexico exemplifies this.


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Antibiotic-resistant germs grown from pet food in Europe

Antibiotic-resistant Enterococcus bacteria, including vancomycin-resistant strains, most frequently infect hospital patients and people with immune system issues.

Microbiologists grew antibiotic-resistant Enterococcus bacteria found in pet foods bought in Europe. Although pet food hasn’t been documented passing these germs to people, a reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes could be created in the gut of dogs.


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Criteria for choosing extruded dog, cat food ingredients

Nutrition, processability and other practical concerns, along with sustainability and marketability influence the choices pet food formulators make when developing recipes.

Certain criteria influence why pet food formulators choose specific ingredients for new recipes to be processed in extruders.


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Private equity group to buy Voff Premium Pet Food

In February, Voff acquired Aristo Oy, a Finnish manufacturer of natural chews and treats with sales spanning across Scandanavia.

In February, Voff acquired Aristo Oy, a Finnish manufacturer of natural chews and treats with sales spanning across Scandanavia.


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