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Are Ingredient Definitions Allowing Loopholes to Quality?

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  1. Marc Gendron


    How about the dog food Acana made by Orijens? What do you think of them?
    Thank you,
    Marc Gendron

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      The only response I have is that Orijen (Champion Pet Food) has yet to provide pet food consumers with their Pledge to Quality and Origin. This was promised to us last summer by the company.

  2. Janeen

    I would like to tell you my experiance,at a sea food processor in crage alaska.I was hired to clean fish and i must have ask tons of Questions,one was what do you do with all this garbage left over,becouse it was going down this shoot to the basement? thay said it is to make dog-cat food.I was discusted becouse in my opinyon 85% of it was garbage,worms ,tons of even if thay cook it first coulde this be fed to animals?furtalizer ok,bt pet food,oooooow.thay tell me NESTLEY,is the co it goes to.Just thought I woulde share this.Read your page often.ty

  3. Betty Burkett

    Susan , I love and trust this site. I have learned so much. Did you notice the typo in the definition–
    meat -definition requires “souring” from slaughtered animals. Should be, of course ‘sourcing’.

  4. Peter

    Sure, my favorite phony AAFCO definition is “brewer’s rice.” For a consumer attempting to avoid corn and wheat ingredients, Brewer’s Rice (used as a common protein source) can sound appealing (even expensive), but is just a by-product: simply broken or chipped rice.

    Brewers rice and “second heads” are one of the many byproducts created by milling rice: second heads are milled rice kernels that are ½ – ¾ of the original kernel; while Brewers Rice is a milled rice kernel that is ¼ – ½ the size of a full kernel. Second heads, if of acceptable quality, are used to make rice flour; but if the quality of the second heads are poor, they will be sold for pet food or dairy feed, (now called “Brewer’s Rice”) as part of “least cost mix” protocols, because they have no value for any other use.

  5. […] Unfortunately it is random. When AAFCO has a food checked they only test one food from a food line if one passes they all do. Most food companies have many foods in a line of dog food. It is not a complete picture. Some in a line may contain meat meal, animal fat or animal digest which are all rendered product. It may not be dogs and cats but it does contain downed cows which means they are sick or animals found on the road dead. with all the loopholes it is better to avoid those ingredients. Are Ingredient Definitions Allowing Loopholes to Quality? […]

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