What manufacturers/suppliers want companies to know about their pet food ingredients and packaging?

No pet food company must buy ingredients from suppliers without understanding what they are trying to sell. There are many things to read on the packaging and label which hold importance. But you are probably wondering why? Yes, it is true that most people will not read the packaging and labels unless they have some reason to. Same way pet food companies have a reason to read the packaging and labels. This way they can ensure the proper formulation and not mix up the wrong ingredients.

To know what you are actually adding to pet meals, you must interpret the list of dog food or cat food ingredients in each conceivable formula. This post will highlight what pet food ingredient suppliers want you to know about their ingredients and packaging.

Nutritional requirements and needs

The single most important factor to consider when choosing a pet food ingredient is that it must cover vital nutrients, such as:

  • The amino acids
  • Protein
  • Vitamins
  • The fatty acids
  • Minerals

All nutrients should be present in sufficient quantities and in acceptable ratios in the right pet food. That is, the pet food should contain enough calories to keep body weight stable at specific stages of life (e.g., adult maintenance, puppy/growth, geriatric, etc.)

What are the terms of pet food packages?

For example, pet meals are frequently labeled with catchy terms such as “all-natural,” “organic,” or “wholesome.” These phrases may sound identical, yet they might refer to quite different aspects of the product. The FDA and AAFCO regulate some of these phrases, while others do not. It is critical to understand the distinction and the meaning of these terms.

Organic

This phrase is controlled and is denoted by the USDA Organic Seal. The USDA Organic seal indicates that the pet food manufacturing and processing meet the guidelines specified by the USDA’s National Organic Program for human food regulation.

The use of synthetic fertilizers, irradiation, sewage sludge, and genetic modification is not permitted in certified organic pet meals.

Human grade

According to AAFCO, for pet foods to be classified as “human-grade,” every component must be “human edible” and “produced, packaged, and held in conformity with federal rules.”

Because very few pet foods fulfill these criteria, if you see “human-grade” on the label, you should contact the business to inquire about their manufacturing practices.

Natural

The term “natural” has a broad definition. Natural pet food ingredients must be derived from plants, animals, or minerals, which most are, and can go through any production process except a chemically synthesized technique.

Many minerals and vitamins, preservatives, and taste and/or color enhancers are chemically manufactured compounds.

“All-natural” or “100% natural” signifies that every ingredient used is natural, or the label can define specific elements as “natural” (e.g., “natural chicken flavor”).

Because most minerals and vitamins added to pet meals are synthetic, a product labeled “all-natural” or “100% natural” is unlikely to be complete and balanced. As a result, supplementation is likely to be required to match nutrient requirements.

Wholesome

The terms “holistic” and “wholesome” are used to indicate “whole-body wellness,” but they don’t tell you anything about the ingredients, how or where they were produced, or how the products were created or handled. This is something to consider when buying anything with wholesome written on it.

Raw

Because heat procedures are frequently employed to prevent bacterial growth, most produced retail pet foods are not completely raw.

If a food is labeled as raw and is not marketed, it is critical to use sanitary raw meat handling techniques to avoid bacterial cross-contamination.

Conclusion

There is always a reason for all these terms to be mentioned on the packaging and labels. If you did not know before now you do. Pet food companies can benefit from buying ingredients from suppliers if they knew about the terms written on them. This way they can only buy what they need and not regret it later.

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