Pet Food Ingredients: Nutritionist Talks Nutrition

by Mary Haight on September 4, 2011

pet food ingredientsPet food ingredients have long been a topic of passionate debate among a small section of the pet loving public.  Things changed after the 2007 melamine recall when thousands of pets died; finally a  majority looked to pet food companies asking: What is in my dog’s food, why, where does it come from, and is no one minding the store? There have been many posts and conversations here about pet food ingredients .  People have schooled themselves in the difference between crude protein percentages and usable proteins, and in recognizing a good grain like barley from a poor choice like brewers rice thanks to websites like Dog Food Advisor.  The thing I could not figure out was why pet food companies would not engage in open exchange beyond talking points. Well, not that I’m naive, but certainly there is room for communications improvement. Transparency is probably not a possibility, but in light of new offerings on the market, is the tide turning toward giving customers the pet food ingredients they want?

Pet Food Ingredients – Your Choice?

The US pet food industry has been branching out, looking at science studies to keep up with new news on breed specific diets and possibilities there,  and grain free diets are fairly recent.  Now Iams has introduced a new line of dog food without wheat, soy, corn, or meat by-products. This last ingredient is possibly the biggest point of contention given the policy of allowing the 4D’s (dead, diseased, downed, and dying and all the drugs in their systems) in pet and animal feeds.

Dr. Lorie Huston interviewed Iams/P&G Scientific Relations Manager Marcie Campion on pet food ingredients and quality control. Lorie Huston asked expressly about diseased and injection site parts use in pet food, and Campion dismissed this as “internet rumor”, which seems to be the fallback party line.  Some company is buying those barrels of “rejected for human consumption” parts, even if it isn’t Iams.  The 4D’s are a real part of this industry, not a rumor.

Campion related Iams has trace-back capabilities on each ingredient so they can find the source of any contamination quickly, and a 200 point pre-and-post production check list.  She also noted the trend in personal food philosophies, and the resulting growing interest the source of our food and our pets’ food.  That seems like a different kind of public statement for a major pet food company to make – at least lately.  Check out the podcast at Animal Cafe!

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