Dog Food: Where’s the Beef? Why HFCS?

High fructose corn syrup and dog food

Where’s the beef?

I was taking care of a dog and his people brought over the dog food to feed him: Purina Moist & Meaty burger with cheddar cheese flavor. Mouth watering? The dog food is red and orange-ish short “sticks” of food in individual packets. Then I looked at the ingredients: Oh, Crap.

–Beef byproduct
–Soy flour
–Soy grits
–High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
–Water
–Wheat flour
–Corn syrup
–Beef – In this “meaty” dog food, beef is the eighth ingredient.

Plus–Phosphoric acid, calcium carbonate, animal fat preserved with mixed tocopherols, salt, sorbic acid (a preservative), cheese powder (source of cheddar cheese flavor), calcium propionate (a preservative), soybean oil, added color, Yellow 6, Red 40, Yellow 5*, Ethoxyquin (billed as a preservative, it’s also a pesticide, the latter omitted from description of ingredients), a bunch more multi-syllabic words that look modern chemistry, and some vitamins for good measure.

After a week, the dog’s brownish-yellow poop turned the color of mustard.

Dog food needs better regulation

Where’s the beef?

When I stopped feeding his dog food and instead provided my dogs’ grain and soy free kibble without added colors, no pesticide and less preservatives – his poops returned to a normal hue.

In this article, the writer contacted Purina to ask why was high fructose corn syrup in Moist and Meaty and was told …” the HFCS is used to maintain the product ‘texture.’ ”

Here is the scariest statement on the box:
“Purina Moist & Meaty Burger with Cheddar Cheese Flavor is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance of adult dogs. “

If the dog food industry regulator (AAFCO) thinks that it’s perfectly fine for dogs to consume soy, HFCS and more corn syrup, carcinogens and pesticide – the dog food industry needs an attitude adjustment and complete overall.

*Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 contain benzidene, a human and animal carcinogen permitted in low, presumably safe levels in dyes. What is “presumably safe?” In Europe artificial dyes must come with warning labels. A dog doesn’t know red from yellow, why the rainbow? Why put potentially harmful dyes in dog food?

On that note…

Pet food consumers do not have a right to know
AAFCO, the dog food regulating agency (an oxymoron) doesn’t think that consumers need to know what fabricated meat is. This is the stuff that makes up the majority of wet dog food. It looks like meat (but not the meat you eat) and it doesn’t smell like the meat you eat. So what it is? Mystery meat?

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