Ingredient Usage Analysis

Learn more about popular wet and dry pet food ingredients, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins, additives and extracts found in U.S. cat and dog food ingredient decks. Register for free to access premium content.

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Genetic testing boosts pet food ingredient traceability

Genetic testing of pet foods may affirm marketing claims, while defending dog, cat and other pet food companies from lawsuits and scandals.
During the past few years, several lawsuits and other negative issues arose because of unwanted species being present or labeled ingredients being absent.
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‘Healthy grains’ dog foods appear in the wake of DCM

Dog food formulators reacted to the FDA announcement and resultant consumer fears in a variety of ways, despite the lack of proven causality between DCM and specific dog diets.
Dog food formulators have done that by bringing grains back, adding taurine and dropping legumes and potatoes from recipes
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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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5 usage rates of dog food ingredients in FDA DCM warning

Dog foods formulated with high percentages of these ingredients may correlate to increased risk of a certain heart disease.
FDA notified the public that some canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) cases correlated to dogs eating diets containing large amounts of potatoes and legume seeds.
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4 pet food ingredients domesticated in ancient China

Many dog and cat foods in the growing Chinese market contain ingredients that ancient farmers domesticated in what is now China.
Regardless of whether pet food consumers know their anthropological backstories, these ingredients can form parts of nutritious dog and cat foods.
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