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Pet Food Safety

Find the latest pet food safety and quality articles, research and analysis from the editors of Petfood Industry magazine to help pet food manufacturers produce safe and healthy wet and dry dog and cat food, understand how the latest pet food regulations affect your operation, and stay up to date on the latest US and international pet food recalls. Register for free to access premium content.

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DCM: 5 brands in 58% of FDA reports, dry dog food in 86%

Dry formulations made up the majority of dog foods involved in reports of DCM submitted the FDA.
Five pet food brands accounted for nearly 58% of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) cases reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration between January 1, 2014 and April 30, 2019.
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90% of 524 cases of dog heart disease involved grain-free

Between January 1, 2014 and April 30, 2019, the FDA received 524 reports of DCM, some involving multiple pets.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released that information and more in an update to their investigation into canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) cases correlated to certain grain-free dog foods.
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16 dog food brands correlated to DCM by FDA: Acana #1

The FDA update provided a graph naming 17 brands eaten by dogs involved in official reports of DCM.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an update on their investigation into canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) cases correlated to certain grain-free dog foods.
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Lab-grown meat may provide taurine for vegan dog, cat food

Most taurine supplemented into pet food comes from industrial laboratories, knocking it out of the running for clean label.
Taurine from lab-grown meat may allow pet food formulators to make vegan and vegetarian dog and cat foods, while avoiding dilated cardiomyopathy and adhering to the clean label trend.
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FDA drops pet food ingredient compliance policy guide

The FDA said the action will clarify for animal food manufacturers the agency’s regulatory policies and expectations for the use of materials from dead or downer animals.
The FDA reiterated that the use of rendered ingredients in many pet foods, including canned pet food, can provide a safe source of fat and protein.
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