Petsumer Report Review of the Month
October 2012 Petsumer Report adds new reviews from Back to Basics, Rudy Greens, Nutrish, Enhance, VF Complete, Dads Pet foods.
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Dad’s Pet Food
Dad’s Pet Food is one of the Ainsworth Pet Nutrition Brands. Ainsworth Pet Nutrition is a privately held company; the company owns their manufacturing facility in Dumas, AR. Manufacturing plant is AIB inspected; last rating was Excellent. Meat meal ingredients (chicken meal) include muscle meat, bone, and internal organs. Fish meal is preserved with ethoxyquin by supplier. Dad’s Pet Food is not GMO free. For more information visit www.dadspetfoods.com
Gourmet Blend Natural Cat Food Dry
Petsumer Report Rating:
Ingredients: Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Whole Wheat, Ground Yellow Corn, Animal Fat (Preserved with BHA), Brewers Rice, Dried Brewers Yeast, Dried Whey, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Phosphoric Acid, Natural Flavor (Poultry, Seafood, and Liver), Taurine, Choline Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Artificial Color, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Cobalt Sulfate, Potassium Iodide.
Red Flag Ingredients: Chicken by-product meal, Animal Fat, BHA, Menadione Sodium Bisulfate Complex
US Only Ingredients: Yes excluding vitamins and minerals from Europe and China
Natural Preservatives: Yes
Shelf Life: 2 years
Crude Protein: 35% Crude Fat: 15% Crude Fiber: 2% Moisture: 10.5%
Calories: 362 Kcal/cup
Plus: The Dad’s Representative stated ingredients are pet quality/grade – quoting AAFCO regulations; stated ingredients are high quality.
Minus: Contains by-products. Contains Animal Fat – ingredient determined by the FDA to possibly contain euthanized animals. Contains BHA; chemical preservative linked to cancer and serious disease. This food does not include probiotics (friendly bacteria that benefits the intestinal system and in turn the immune system of the pet). Contains Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (source of Vitamin K activity) which is a controversial synthetic Vitamin K.
This company is correct that pet food ingredients are considered ‘pet grade’ by regulatory authorities. However, any pet food company can provide consumer assurance of quality of meat and vegetable ingredients by stating they are sourced from USDA inspected and approved foods. Because FDA Compliance Policies allow ‘pet grade’ meats and vegetables to be sourced from euthanized animals, diseased animals and other rejected for use in human food sources, the USDA inspected and approve guarantee is very important information. To learn more about FDA Compliance Policies Click Here
Sodium selenite is not noted in ‘Minus’ for cat foods; the FDA has not approved (yet) the use of selenium yeast for use in cat foods – only dog foods.
To explain the rating – only the first five ingredients – the majority of the food – are rated and listed in bold type. Grey Font ingredients imply ingredients providing pets little to no nutrition, and Red Font ingredients are Red Flag ingredients that are potentially dangerous to pets. Quality ingredients are listed in bold black font. Five quality ingredients gives the pet food a five Paw Print rating. Four quality ingredients gives the pet food a four Paw Print rating, and so forth. Four Paw Prints is the highest rating possible for a canned pet food. Do not rely on the paw print rating alone; read the Plus/Minus information and manufacturer information at the top of each page.
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