Would you buy a dog food or cat food with “crickets” or “cricket meal” listed in the ingredient panel? A ground cricket treat for your cat or dog? Get ready…it’s coming.
The press release on the new company – Dockside Pet Products and Services – states “an innovative new pet food company serving North America with a mission to deliver the best in pet nutrition using rescued fresh food and environmentally sustainable ingredients to craft delicious treats, meal mixers, and meal toppers for dogs and cats.”
Dockside Pet Products plans to source “fresh seafood, vegetables, and fruits that don’t make it to retail market and are otherwise wasted for cosmetic or other reasons that don’t negatively impact their nutritional value.” And the company plans to source crickets…
“Dockside will also be among the first pet food companies in North America to use crickets in their recipes, offering a highly sustainable and easily digestible alternative to traditional proteins like beef, lamb, and chicken. As one of the next generation of alternative proteins gaining wider acceptance for human consumption, crickets are a complete source of all 10 essential amino acids for dogs and 11 essential amino acids for cats with three times the iron, five times more magnesium, and twice as much protein as ground beef. Cricket farming also produces 80% less methane than cattle farming and uses 1/14th the feed and 1/2000th the amount of water on a pound for pound basis compared to beef.”
“Sustainability is the key to our future and how we provide for the animals in our homes is part of that,” says Mark Warren, creator and thought-leader behind Dockside. “Our mission through Dockside is to give pet owners sustainable pet food options without sacrificing quality nutrition and we’re doing that by thinking outside the box with cricket protein and tackling the food waste crisis, specifically targeting fresh food wasted at source.”
What do you think? Are you willing to try crickets in your pet’s food?
My concern is though the nutrient numbers sound good for use of cricket meal in pet food (amino acids, magnesium, etc.) – I am not aware of any cat or dog food feeding trial proving such. Crickets or Cricket Meal is not an AAFCO approved pet food ingredient, and it is not considered GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) for use in pet food by FDA. (Cricket meal would be the ground dry version of crickets used in pet food.)
How can this pet food company even be promoting this product without going through the proper steps to use the ingredient?
Industry very often sells what it wants to sell to pet food consumers and worries about the ‘details’ later. The same thing happened with the pet food ingredient pea protein. Industry decided it wanted to sell bulk pea ingredients to pet food. Industry developed what we now know as pea protein, pea starch and/or pea flour. The pea ingredients were sold to and used in pet food for years before the ingredients were legally defined and approved by FDA and AAFCO. Not one regulatory authority stopped them; no one insisted the ingredient be legal before it went into the pet food marketplace.
I suspect the same will happen with crickets…very soon. Make sure you read the ingredients of pet food and treats carefully…the crickets are coming.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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