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Synthetic preservatives in my pet’s food — no thanks!
Pet owners and pet food companies may not realize what is missing when it comes to removing synthetic preservatives in pet food.
Insights into Wet Pet Food Quality
Kemin Nutrisurance – Your partner in wet pet food. Brand Insights from Kemin.
Organic acid cultures provide opportunity for natural mold inhibition
Recent adaptation of old technology with organic acids in various “cultures” may provide a path forward to avoid mold production and thus produce longer term shelf-stable foods.
Lecithin: Emulsifier and more
Lecithin is an ingredient that we see periodically on petfood labels, most commonly on canned foods. It is included for a "functional food" purpose but has some nutritional benefits, as well.
Lactic acid: magic bullet for petfood safety?
With the advent of the Food Safety Modernization Act, manufacturers of extruded and baked petfood and pet treats feel like they have their necks under a knife’s edge. To some, that may seem overly dramatic, especially given the blade at their neck is held by the smallest of creatures: Salmonella.
Sodium bisulfate: multipurpose petfood ingredient
In the world of petfood manufacturing, some ingredients are used that are not nutritional, by intent. Rather, their purpose is to enhance the nutritional value, flavor or stability of the food. Sodium bisulfate is just such a functional food additive that one might find in petfoods, especially cat diets.
Rosemary extract acts as natural antioxidant
Rosemary extract is a common ingredient found on dry petfood labels, typically at or near the bottom of the ingredient listing. While rosemary extract is generally viewed with favor by pet owners, it doesn’t provide nutritional fortification, it doesn’t provide medicinal support for any specific ailment, nor does it enhance the taste appeal of the food (for pets).
Citric acid suffers from misperceptions and misplaced blame
In petfood, citric acid is a common additive used mostly in the fat preservative (antioxidant) system. Food and nutrition experts consider this ingredient a natural functional compound, which, at its worst, is benign to pet health and wellness. However, increasingly pervasive internet claims have led some pet owners to doubt its safety and utility.
Mold inhibitor of choice
Preventing the appearance of mold in foods is a constant battle, and petfoods are no exception. Everyone has experienced the gray-green mold on bread or splotches on cheese; with petfoods, many have had an encounter with "fuzzy" biscuits or green kibbles.
Does adding enzymes to petfoods help digestion?
Adding enzymes to the diet to aid digestion has been a source of intrigue for the petfood industry for a number of years. Enzymes (for example, digests and hydrolyzed proteins) are common in petfood production but are seldom found as ingredients in the diet.
Using mixed tocopherols is not for the faint of heart
Paper or plastic? Republican or Democrat? Chevy or Ford? Evolution or Intelligent Design? These and many others are "defining choices" we face in everyday life. For many petfood companies, synthetic or natural has been a defining choice that has dictated which side of the fence (market) that they will participate
BHA: no real risk can be identified
The "ingredient of the month" is the well-known, and often maligned, mono-phenolic compound, butylated hydroxyanisole- otherwise known as BHA
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