The new Petsumer Report has updated more than 400 pages this month. Many more to go until the update is complete (but wow am I proud of the new Petsumer!). This month Petsumer provides a review of Chef Michael dog food.
Chef Michael Dog Food
Chef Michael’s Dog Food is a product of Purina Pet Foods. Purina Pet Foods is owned by Nestle. All Purina products are manufactured in company owned facilities in the US (products sold or imported out of US). For more information visit http://www.chef-michaels.com/
Rotisserie Chicken Flavor in Sauce Dog Food Can
Pledge to Quality and Origin: No Pledge Provided
Ingredients: Water Sufficient For Processing, Chicken, Liver, Wheat Gluten, Meat By-Products, Carrots, Corn, Turkey, Corn Starch-Modified, Artificial And Natural Flavors, Soy Flour, Salt, Natural Rotisserie Chicken Flavor, Calcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Added Color, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Folic Acid, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Biotin, Sodium Selenite.
Crude Protein: 12% minimum Crude Fat: 2.5% minimum
Crude Fiber: 1% Moisture: 78%
Calories: no calorie information provided
Ingredient Quality: The Purina Pet Food Representative stated ingredients are human quality/grade. * *It must be noted that by-products, animal fat and animal digest by AAFCO definition are not considered human grade.
Country of Origin of Ingredients: Ingredients are sourced from US and some vitamins and minerals sourced from Europe and China.
Risk Ingredients: Contains by-products. Contains dyes. Contains sodium selenite.
Manufactured by: Manufactured at company owned facilities in the U.S.
Shelf Life: Manufacturer states shelf life is 12 months; this would mean the ‘Best by’ date on the packaging is 12 months past the date the food was made (method for the consumer to determine how fresh or old the food is).
- Company states ingredients are human grade – however animal fat, animal digest and by-product meal by AAFCO definition is not considered human grade.
- This pet food contains generic by-products; no guarantee for the consumer to what types of by-products are used.
- Contains food dyes linked to health risks.
- The mineral listings do not read to be chelated or proteinated (for better mineral absorption).
- Supplements can be/are sourced from China.
- Contains Sodium Selenite – potential risk form of selenium.
By-products – by definition – are not considered human grade. Many quality nutrients can be provided to a pet food with by-products such as kidney, liver, tripe. The problem, is the consumer is not provided with an exact description of which by-products are used in the pet food under this catch-all ingredient. The preference would be to see the ingredients ‘liver’ or ‘tripe’ listed and that these ingredients are sourced from USDA inspected and approved animal sources.
Many pet foods include sodium selenite in their recipes, this pet food has chosen this ingredient as well. High levels of sodium selenite (human error) can be deadly. Click Here to learn more about selenium.
Food dyes, such as those used in this pet food provide no benefit to the pet. They are used solely to entice (or mislead) the pet food consumers. Plus, food dyes comes with risks – especially when consumed day in and day out as in a pet food. Click Here to learn more about Food Dyes.
Chinese foods/ingredients have been linked to numerous recalls over many years. Not all foods/ingredients sourced from China are risk, however proper quality control remains a significant concern with Chinese imports.
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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