Is Change in Pet Food a Good Thing?

Is Change in Pet Food a Good Thing?

 

Do you know the changes that have been made to your pet food over the years? You might REALLY be surprised at some of the changes that have been made.

“The world hates change, yet it is the only thing that has brought progress.” Charles Kettering

Pet food has changed a lot over the years – from cost to choice of ingredients. But can all of the change in pet food be considered “progress“?

Champion Pet Food – makers of Orijen and Acana pet foods – have been in the news a lot of late. The company is facing two lawsuits (cat food and dog food) and has been linked to the investigation of Dilated Cardiomyopathy in dogs. How has Champion Pet Food changed over the years?

Below are the food ingredients (no supplements included) of Champion’s Orijen Six Fish Dog food in 2010 compared to 2018 ingredients:

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The 2010 Orijen 6 Fish Dog Food was majority Salmon; first two ingredients are Salmon. The 2018 Orijen 6 Fish Dog Food contains no salmon.

Below is the comparison of legume ingredients in the 2010 Orijen Dog Food to 2018 Orijen Dog Food:

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In 2010 Orijen 6 Fish Dog Food contained 2 potato ingredients and 2 legumes. In 2018, potatoes were removed, but legume ingredients increased from 2 to 8.

Comparing the Guaranteed Analysis of this dog food in 2010 and 2018:

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Protein and Fat remain the same between 2010 and 2018, Fiber and Moisture increase in 2018. The 2010 Guaranteed Analysis of Orijen 6 Fish Dog Food includes a carbohydrate disclosure and a guaranteed Taurine level. The 2018 Guaranteed Analysis provides neither of these disclosures.

Knowing how this particular pet food has changed, consumers can ask Champion Pet Food about the changes…

  • why include 8 legume ingredients?
  • what health benefit is provided by 8 legume ingredients?
  • why was Salmon removed?
  • why isn’t carbohydrate information provided?
  • why isn’t taurine guaranteed?

Orijen Cat Food.

Side by side comparison of food ingredients 2010 Orijen 6 Fish Cat Food to 2018 Orijen 6 Fish Cat Food:

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The 2010 Orijen 6 Fish Cat Food was majority Salmon; first two ingredients are Salmon. The 2018 Orijen 6 Fish Cat Food contains no salmon.

Comparison of Orijen 6 Fish Cat Food potato and legume ingredients 2010 to 2018:

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In 2010 Orijen 6 Fish Cat Food contained 2 potato ingredients and 2 legumes. In 2018, potatoes were removed, legume ingredients increased to 8.

Comparing the Guaranteed Analysis of this cat food in 2010 and 2018:

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Lots of changes in the Guaranteed Analysis. Protein decreased in 2018, Fat and Ash increased. Taurine levels in 2010 were minimum “0.5%” – in 2018 they decreased to minimum “0.3%”. The 2010 Orijen Six Dog Food included carbohydrate information, the cat food page in 2010 did not. And the 2010 Guaranteed Analysis provide “pH” information for cat food consumers, the 2018 webpage does not.

Similar questions can be asked of Champion pet food regarding the changes in Orijen 6 Fish Cat Food…

  • why include 8 legume ingredients?
  • what health benefit is provided by 8 legume ingredients?
  • why was Salmon removed?
  • why isn’t carbohydrate information provided?
  • why has taurine guarantee decreased to 0.3% (was 0.5% in 2010)?

In 2006 Iams Pet Food was owned by Proctor & Gamble (Mars Petcare purchased Iams and Eukanuba brands from P&G in 2014). In 2006 Iams Pet Food provided calorie disclosure (long before this information was required) and “Caloric Distribution” information on their website. Caloric Distribution is significantly important information to share with consumers, providing details of calories obtained through protein ingredients, fat ingredients, and carbohydrate ingredients.

Iams Active Maturity Dog Food 2006:

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Iams Hairball Care Cat Food 2006:

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Iams discontinued the Caloric Distribution information the following year in 2007.

How do the ingredients of the Iams pet foods compare from several years ago to current day?

Webpage 2007 Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Dog Food:

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Lamb dog food with Lamb Meal as the 1st ingredient. But in 2018, that first ingredient of the Iams Lamb Dog Food changed.

Webpage 2018 Iams Proactive Health Lamb & Rice Recipe Dog Food:

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In 2018, Iams Lamb Dog Food contains “Chicken” as the 1st ingredient.

Side by side comparison of food ingredients 2007 Iams Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Dog Food to 2018 Iams Proactive Health Lamb & Rice Recipe Dog Food:

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Besides the Lamb to Chicken change, the 2007 Iams Dog Food contained 5 grain ingredients – the 2018 Iams Dog Food contains 3 grain ingredients.

Consumer questions to Iams…

  • why does Iams no longer provide Caloric Distribution information about your pet foods?
  • why does a ‘Lamb’ dog food list Chicken as its first ingredient?

Iams Cat Food.

Side by side comparison of food ingredients 2006 Iams Hairball Care Cat Food to 2018 Iams Proactive Health Hairball Care Cat Food:

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In 2006, the Iams Hairball Cat Food contained 2 grain ingredients. In 2018, the cat food contained 3 grain ingredients.

Consumer questions to Iams…

  • why does Iams no longer provide Caloric Distribution information about your pet foods?
  • why did Iams increase grain ingredients in this cat food?

Taste of the Wild Dog Food.

Below is a comparison that highlights an issue recently discussed at AAFCO.

Side by side comparison of food ingredients 2010 Taste of the Wild High Prairie Canine Formula to 2018 Taste of the Wild High Prairie Canine Recipe.

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The 2010 High Prairie Dog Food lists “Bison” as the first ingredient, the 2018 High Prairie Dog Food lists “Buffalo“. During a recent AAFCO Ingredient Definitions meeting, attendees were informed of the differences between the ingredient Bison and Buffalo. Bison is specific, it is a different breed from the Buffalo even though it is commonly referenced as the American Buffalo. Buffalo includes many species, including the Water Buffalo. We were told nutritionally these ingredients vary as well.

The AAFCO meeting explained that some pet foods are utilizing Water Buffalo (we were told the Water Buffalo ingredient is “commonly sourced from India”) while displaying an image of the Bison on the product label (misleading the consumer). No brand names were mentioned during the AAFCO meeting, however this dog food is suspect. The 2018 Taste of the Wild High Prairie Dog Food displays Bison on the label and website, but lists “Buffalo” as the #1 ingredient.

The other changes in this dog food from 2010 to 2018 is the addition of potato protein and pea protein in the 2018 formula.

Consumer questions to Taste of the Wild…

  • is the “Buffalo” ingredient Water Buffalo or Bison?
  • if the “Buffalo” ingredient is Water Buffalo, what is the country of origin of that meat?
  • why did Taste of the Wild add potato protein and pea protein to the dog food?
  • what are the nutritional benefits of potato protein and pea protein?

Cost.

Cost is not something we can question, but it is an interesting to see the change in pet food cost.

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With almost the same ingredients in 2001 to 2018 – the price of Purina ProPlan Dog Food in 2001 was $0.80 per pound. The price increased to $1.88 per pound in 2018.

The Biggest Change in Pet Food…

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In 1958 – 60 years ago – Ken-L Ration Dog Food was the leading pet food in the US. It was made with “USDA inspected and certified horse meat”. AND – significantly different from today – in 1958 Ken-L Ration Dog Food abided by Federal Law.

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Federal law – in 1958 and in 2018 – requires all “food” (human and animal food) to be sourced ONLY from USDA inspected and certified/passed meat. But somewhere in the past 60 years, federal authorities decided that pet “food” would be provided an exception to Federal law. The FDA wrote Compliance Policies that tell the pet food industry federal law will NOT be enforced – allowing “diseased animals or animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter” to be processed into pet food – with NO DISCLOSURE to the consumer. In 1958 as well as in 2018 – pet foods that contain diseased or non-slaughtered animals are a direct violation of Federal Law. Unfortunately in 2018, regulatory authorities choose to ignore the law (known as “selective enforcement”).

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With this change we must question FDA…

  • why were pet foods in 1958 abiding by the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act using USDA inspected and certified meat, yet in 2018 FDA openly allows pet food to violate federal law?
  • under what authority can FDA selectively enforce law with pet food?
  • why are consumers not informed which pet foods utilize “material from diseased animals or animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter”?

Phone number FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM): 240-402-7002
Email: AskCVM@fda.hhs.gov

All of the above historical data was found on the WayBack Machine website. Not every pet food manufacturer is found on the website (some have paid WayBack Machine to remove their website history), but it is a GREAT resource for consumers to see the changes in pet food.

Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,

Susan Thixton
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author Buyer Beware, Co-Author Dinner PAWsible
TruthaboutPetFood.com
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