How safe is pet food? Likely safer than yours

It’s no secret, we love our pets.

More than three in five Americans have at least one pet in their household. According to a 2015 Harris poll, 95% of pet owners consider their pets to be a member of the family. And the American Pet Products Association estimates that in 2015, Americans spent over $23 […]

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Food Safety

U.S. bans import of Brazilian beef over safety concerns — CNN Money The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the immediate suspension of fresh beef imports from Brazil after inspections uncovered public […]

Neogen to present on meat speciation technology at PetFood Forum

With the current heightened concern over the content of pet food, Neogen will be presenting on the latest meat speciation testing technology at the PetFood Forum next week in Kansas City.

The forum will feature Neogen’s Dr. Susanne Hinkley’s poster presentation entitled, “Real time test methodology for the detection, identification and quantification of mammalian DNA […]

The perfect pea?

A group of scientists at the John Innes Centre in the U.K. have developed peas that will help animals absorb more protein from their diet. Published in PLOS ONE, this study is important because peas and other legume seeds contain several proteins that stop nutrients from being fully absorbed in the intestines of not only […]

FDA: First two FSMA rules finalized; aim to protect consumers

According to the FDA, the first two regulations of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) have been finalized and aim to help make food safer for consumers. While the remaining five additional rules have yet to be finalized, the FDA says they will be released before the end of the year.

So, what do these […]

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Agriculture

Report: Condition of North Carolina’s corn worst in nation – Triangle Business Journal North Carolina’s corn crop is suffering under the worst conditions in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of […]

Veterinarians warn of effects of xylitol on dogs

Veterinarians across the country are warning pet owners about xylitol, a sugar alcohol-derived sweetener used in an increasing number of foods, which can pose a serious and potentially fatal threat to dogs and other animals when ingested even in small amounts.

Most recently, xylitol has been used as an ingredient in high-protein peanut butter and […]

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Food Safety

Pet food trends reflect a growing market – Veterinary News Researchers expect industry to hit $33 billion by 2018 thanks in part to treat and ‘premium’ pet food sales.

Huge Advance […]

Are raw meat-based diets right for your cats and dogs?

In recent years raw meat-based diets (RMBD) for pets have increased in popularity due to nutritional and health benefit claims from some pet owners. While The American Animal Hospital Association and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association have recently adopted statements discouraging this type of diet, there previously has been very little published data that would […]

Study shows mold-related toxin in some oat cereals; pet food

Mycotoxins are making headlines once again, as high concentrations of the mold toxins have been found in certain types of pet and human foods.

A lawsuit filed earlier this month is alleging that thousand of dogs may have been poisoned by pet food containing mycotoxins, which can grow on grains and can cause poisoning when […]