Pet Food Ingredients

The latest research, analysis and information on dog and cat food ingredients, proteins, vitamins and supplements that are added to create nutritious pet food formulations from the editors of Petfood Industry magazine and Dr. Greg Aldrich’s monthly column, “Ingredient Insights.”


Novel, functional ingredients for pet treats and toppers

Novel proteins like insects and grains like sorghum, plus superfoods, are among new ingredient concepts for pet treats and toppers.
For new product ideas in fast-growing pet treats and toppers, pet food brands can look to superfoods and novel ingredients like insects and sorghum.
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Pet health drives functional pet food ingredient trends

From preventive health to condition-specific therapeutic options, pet food formulators turn to functional ingredients for success.
Functional ingredients are increasingly important in pet food formulations, as pet owners strive to use their pets' meals as a way to mitigate health conditions and extend life span.
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Unlabeled horse, other animals found in European pet food

In their conclusions, the researchers noted that producing uncontaminated pet foods is possible, since ten products did contain only the animals listed on the label.
Dog and cat foods on the European market may contain animals not listed on the ingredient panels, which could cause problems for pets with allergies.
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Slave fishing lawsuits against pet foods dismissed

Judges dismissed class action lawsuits against pet food companies over alleged use of fish caught by forced laborers.
The lawsuits against Nestle Purina, Mars Petcare and Big Heart Pet Brands (J.M. Smucker) arose after reports documented the lives of Southeast Asian men enslaved on Thai fishing vessels.
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#tbt: Slave fishing assessment for pet food ingredients

A database helps pet food companies assess the risk of specific fish species or products, such as fishmeal, being associated with forced labor.
Three years ago, the New York Times published the story of enslaved fishermen laboring on Thai fishing vessels that supplied both the human and pet food markets.
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Petfood Innovation Workshop and Pet Food Experience at KSU

On October 28-30, 2015, nearly 200 participants attended the fall edition of the Petfood Innovation Workshop (Focus on Treats) & K-State Pet Food Experience at K-State University in Manhattan, Kansas, USA. Major pet food manufacturing companies were represented along with entrepreneurs from smaller companies, leaders from trade associations and regulatory officials from various states.