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Petsumer Report Review of the Month

We provide a review of Newman’s Own Pet Food this month…

Newman’s Own Pet Food

Meal meal ingredients (example chicken meal) are made with muscle meat only, no internal organs or bones; fish meal is preserved with Vitamin E.  Newman’s Own stated pet foods are GMO free.  For more information on Newman’s Own Organics Pet Food visit


Newman’s Own Organics Adult Dog Food Dry


Petsumer Report Rating: five paw print

Pledge to Quality and Origin: Xmark-e1366300177237No Pledge Provided


Chicken, Organic Barley, Organic Oats, Organic Peas, Chicken Meal, Organic Sorghum, Organic Soybean Meal, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Organic Brown Rice, Organic Millet, Organic Rice, Organic Flax Seed, Dicalcium Phosphate, Organic Carrots, Natural Flavors, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Dried Kelp, Parsley, Zinc Amino Acid Complex (Source of Chelated Zinc), Choline Chloride, Iron Amino Acid Complex (Source of Chelated Iron), Vitamin E Supplement, Rosemary Extract, Manganese Amino Acid Complex (Source of Chelated Manganese), Lecithin, Copper Amino Acid Complex (Source of Chelated Copper), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Source of Vitamin C), Ribof lavin, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamin Hydrochloride, Biotin, Cobalt Proteinate (Source of Chelated Cobalt), Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide (Source of Iodine), Sodium Selenite, Dehydrated Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dehydrated Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Product, Dehydrated Bifidobacterium Thermophilum Fermentation Product, Dehydrated Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product.

Crude Protein: 21% minimum Crude Fat: 12% minimum
Crude Fiber: 4.5% Moisture: 10%
Calories: 397  kcal/per cup


Ingredient Quality:

The Newman’s Own Customer Service representative stated ingredients are human grade, no confirmation provided if ingredients are USDA inspected and approved.

Country of Origin:

Company stated ingredients are sourced from the U.S.  No information provided to country of origin of supplements.

Risk Ingredients:

Contains Sodium Selenite.

Manufactured by:

No information provided to where foods are manufactured.

Shelf Life:

Manufacturer states shelf life is 2 years; this would mean the ‘Best by’ date on the packaging is 2 years past the date the food was made (method for the consumer to determine how fresh or old the food is).



  • The Newman’s Own Pet Food Representative stated ingredients are human quality/grade
  • The mineral listings read to be chelated or proteinated (for better mineral absorption).
  • Contains flaxseed, kelp – health promoting ingredients.


  • Contains Sodium Selenite – potential risk form of selenium.
  • This food does include probiotics (friendly bacteria that benefits the intestinal system and in turn the immune system of the pet), however they are not listed in the Guaranteed Analysis (no company guarantee bacteria is viable).

Learn More:

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.

This pet food contains a meat meal ingredients such as Chicken Meal.  This company includes uses muscle meat only in meat meal ingredients.  High level of bone in some meat meal ingredients is linked to high levels of fluoride; high levels of fluoride is linked to bone cancer. Click Here to learn more about meat meal ingredients.




Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

Susan Thixton
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
Association for Truth in Pet Food

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12 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Petsumer Report Review of the Month”

  1. lynn says:

    I noticed that many pet foods have sodium selenite in their pet foods a few do not a few. I wonder why I make my fur children’s food… maybe it’s we can not trust pet food companies at all. I do have a friend who uses orijin dog food and treat’s she swear’s by it.susan this one is for you.. I do not know. what do you think? as I home cook so I do not know .but know it’s not made in the u.s.a. it comes out of Canada .as for me I am at a point I trust no pet food company and wonder how safe the food we eat really is also. i buy all at a healthfood market.. and hope for the best.

  2. Teri says:

    I bought a couple of packages of Newmans own theats shaped like little hearts.
    My dog won’t touch them.

  3. Patric Lina says:

    I’ve always tried to feed my dogs the best. Have been careful about labels etc. but Newman’s Own Organic is by far my favorite. I am assuming this outward change reflects their general improvement in overall health. The dogs love it too.

  4. Katie says:

    Why does this food get 5 stars? It is low in meat content and high in grain/filler/vegetable-derived protein. Please explain your ranking system – is it only based upon the ingredients and source?

    • Susan Thixton says:

      Two of the first five ingredients are meat – so it is not low in meat content. It is not an all meat diet – it’s formulation is a typical commercial dog food kibble diet (meat and vegetables). The first five ingredients are nutrient providing ingredients – plus the vegetable ingredients are organic. You might not agree with barley or oats or peas being fed to a dog, but they do provide nutrition.

  5. Tammy Baugh says:

    It could be that although Newman’s Own Pet Food is supposed to contain Probiotics that once they add them in and the poor stuff goes through all of the processing and extreme tempratures as normal, any probiotics that were formerly present just got cooked out. In fact this might be why they aren’t listed in the guaranteed analisis. I once before saw where this is what happened to the probiotics in another pet food.

  6. PJ says:

    Contains soybean meal (albeit organic). Understood such is a poor ingredient for a dog, but it does take up space in the bag. As for the 1st 5 ingredients, the 1st one listed is before moisture removal. When moisture is ultimately removed, am sure it is no longer in the 1st 5. Then you have 4 fillers (in my opinion) & one meat not legitimately listed as the 1st ingredient. I would consider this formula chicken-flavored grains. Am shocked at 5 stars & personally would use a bag of this stuff as a door stop before feeding it to any living thing. Based on a 5 star rating for this swill, have to give a fish eye to other reviews & the criteria used as basis. Have long been a follower of TAPF but this definitely gives me pause. The 1st red flag for me a couple of years ago before seeing this review: saw it at Ralph’s.

  7. Judith says:

    I have a can of Newman’s Own dog food that I bought to try. Dog likes it, but it contains carrageenans — says so on the label. Your report did not mention that some of their products do.

  8. Ian says:

    I agree with Susan that Newman’s Own is a decent choice for kibble (if you are not home-cooking). I’ve learned not everyone lives near a well stocked pet specialty supply company, and sometimes you need something now and can’t order online and wait for delivery. What I like about Newman’s Own is that it is labeled Organic which means in part that the ingredients AND processing facility are inspected and monitored much more carefully than a regular processing facility. Also, I like that all Newman’s Own profits are donated to charity. There’s not such an incentive to cut corners. Newman’s Own may be the best pet food stocked at your local supermarket, and as such may be a much better alternative for pets than the other options on that supermarket shelf. The Organic label requires some pretty strict standards and in my book that beats a lot of other so-called super-premium but non-organic brands.

  9. Walter Jones says:

    Organic is a wonderful choice and I know Newman’s Own does a fantastic job with their puppy food. To me this is a no brainer.

  10. David says:

    I feed both the hard kibble and soft cans of Newman’s Own to my miniature poodle. He had soft stool issues with other brands, but this stuff seems to work for him. A bit expensive and limited on where you can buy it where i live, but overall i’m pleased. Decent variety of flavors and he seems to like it. Been on it a year with no problems.

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