Purina is now offering a pet product made with “human grade ingredients”. Not a food or treat, but a “meal enhancement”. Here are the details.
If this product is accurately advertised on the Purina website (still waiting on a response from Purina), this is the first – to my knowledge – pet product made by any of the world’s largest manufacturers to be “made with real, human-grade ingredients”. This is good news. I applaud Purina for this step forward – small step it might be.
The ‘human grade ingredient’ products are termed meal enhancements – they are a topper to add to a pet food. Flavors available are Beef & Carrot, Berry Blend, Chicken & Pumpkin, and Oatmeal & Apple Puree for Dogs. There is no meal enhancement options for cats.
Ingredients in the Purina Savor meal enhancements are mostly simple food ingredients. Example the ingredients for Beef & Carrot Puree for Dogs is: Water, beef, carrots, apples, celery, brown rice, oatmeal, Vitamin E supplement, Vitamin A supplement.
The product doesn’t appear to be manufactured by Purina – the website states “Distributed by” for each of these products. So we do not know if the products are manufactured in the US using US ingredients or if they are manufactured outside the US from outside the US human grade ingredients. Questions sent to Purina have not been responded to yet.
Other pet products that have the ‘human grade’ claim are required to go through FDA Letter of No Objection process to make the claim on labels and advertising. I questioned the FDA if Purina had obtained their Letter of No Objection, FDA would not provide this answer stating a Freedom of Information Act request would need to be filed. Again, Purina has not responded.
With the horrible waste ingredients existing regulations allow into pet foods/animal feed, certified human edible ingredients is the only safe option. If you have any doubt to the quality of ingredients in your pet’s food – ask the manufacture to provide you proof. If their ingredients are truly certified human edible ingredients, they will be more than glad to provide you that proof.
Purina – this is a good first step (pending responses to questions). Can we expect a pet food from Purina made with “real, human grade ingredients”?
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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