Pet Food Ingredients to Question

Thanks to non-enforcement of federal food safety laws, pet food is provided the privilege to include…shall I say…less than optimal ingredients. Here is a list of those common ‘less than optimal’ pet food and pet treat ingredients, plus a few more questionable ingredients.

Pet Food Ingredients
Pet Food Ingredients

Animal Fat

(preserved with BHA/BHT) – is a fat produced through the rendering process; imagine a very large pot that cooks a variety of animal ingredients. The fat that rises to the top of the pot becomes Animal Fat.  FDA testing of pet food linked this ingredient to the discovery of the euthanizing drug pentobarbital (used to end the life of dogs, cats, and horses) in pet food.  Any animal including euthanized animals, road kill, diseased animals (per FDA associations) can be the source of this fat.

BHA/BHT

Are chemical preservatives linked to serious illness.

Canola Oil

Is a controversial ingredient not tested for safety with pets.

Carrageenan

Is a seaweed extract used as a thickener; linked to serious illness.

Chicken By-Product Meal

– per AAFCO – consists of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, and intestines. By-Products could be sourced from healthy internal organs of slaughtered animals OR the by-products could be sourced from diseased tissues rejected as human grade.   The concern for the petsumer is there is no way of knowing the quality.

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