AAFCO – What’s Wrong With This Picture???

If you haven’t heard of the AAFCO, it’s the governing
regulatory agency that provides guidelines for pet foods.
You might think this is a good thing, but think again!

Here is a breakdown of approved foods for 2008.  It
makes me wonder who’s funding this group because they
recommend rice flour as their #1 ingredient to dogs
that are well known as primarily meat eaters.

This article came from Yes Biscuit, a blog devoted to
pet care.

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Pet Food Ingredient Breakdown – #2

By YesBiscuit!

Today, I looked at a new, AAFCO approved food on the market for
dogs. It contains all the usual advertising tags which make me
suspicious: “100% complete and balanced”, “No fillers”, “High
quality proteins”, etc. Here are the first seven ingredients
leading up to the first source of fat:

1. Rice Flour – This is the main ingredient of the only food you
want me to feed my dog – rice flour? Isn’t that better used for
making gluten-free baked goods or something? Flour comes in a sack
and it’s all powdery. My dog doesn’t want that as the main
ingredient in his dinner! And I question the quality of any flour
sold for use in pet food. I assume that like many other pet food
ingredients, it’s of lower quality than the flour sold for human
consumption in my local grocery store. Exactly how much nutrition
is my dog supposed to get from this pet food grade sack of flour?
The “no fillers” claim isn’t sounding so truthful right about now.

2. Chicken By-Product Meal – This is a euphemism for things such as
chicken heads, feet, intestines, lungs, etc. If you don’t know (or
won’t say) what exactly you are putting in this food, don’t expect
me to feed it to my pets.

3. Meat Broth – What kind of “meat”? A hodgepodge of condemned
carcasses that were covered in charcoal to distinguish that they
are unfit for human consumption? Or is it something else, just as
disgusting? Again, if you either don’t know or won’t tell – I won’t
be feeding it.

4. Wheat Flour – See my powdery complaint above.

5. Glycerin – I was reading an article about how excited the pet
food industry is about using glycerin – a waste product of the
bio-fuel industry – in their products. Me, I was a little less
excited.

6. Corn Gluten Meal – Another waste product obtained from the
manufacture of corn syrup – not an ingredient I’m inclined to
sustain my pet’s life and health on.

7. Corn Flour – Enough with the sacks of powder already – my dog
wants some real food!

Overall product ingredients review: 4 paws down! Despite claims of
“premium nutrition”, there is not one ingredient appropriate for a
dog’s main meal among the first seven ingredients. And the product
itself is far more expensive than many on the market. What exactly
are we buying?

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I don’t know about you, but that turns my stomach and I
would never feed my dog that kind of junk.  It’s a recipe
for skin problems and poor health.

To find out more about dog food and get a recommended foods list
and report on The Miracle of Healing Your dog With Food,
go to My Best Dog Food
fyi, it’s $29 but well worth the investment in my opinion!

your bulldog pal,

Jan

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