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Description: Ingredients List:
Meat meal, brewers rice, brown rice, rolled oatmeal, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and vitamin E), poultry meal, menhaden fish meal, alfalfa, flax meal, dried egg product, natural flavors, tomato pomace, cheese meal, lecithin salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, Vitamin A supplement, D-activated animal sterol (source of Vitamin D3), Vitamin E supplement, copper proteintate, zinc proteintate, manganese proteintate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, zinc sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, cobalt carbonate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B1), pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), biotin, folic acid, sodium selenite, Vitamin B12 supplement.


Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude protein, not less than 22.0%
Crude fat, not less than 20% (12.0 % for lower fat blend)
Crude fiber, not more than 4.0%
Moisture, not more than 10.0%



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Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Thu January 10, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros:
Cons: Insufficient meat content, low quality ingredients, meat and fat of unidentifiable source

The first ingredient is meat meal, a low quality ingredient. "Meat" meal is not named by species and could be anything. It is defined by AAFCO as "the rendered product from mammal tissues, exclusive of blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents except in such amounts as may occur unavoidably in good processing practices." The same issues arise with "poultry" meal, the 6th ingredient. This is a concern as it makes it impossible to identify the source, quality or consistency of the ingredient. Ingredients of unidentifiable source are usually very low quality, cheap ingredients and are not found in higher quality products. The 7th ingredient is a named meat product (fish). We find no sign on the manufacturer's website of a guarantee that only ethoxyquin-free protein ingredients are used in this food (ethoxyquin is a chemical preservative, commonly added to fish ingredients, and that is banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that it is carcinogenic).


The grains in the food are plentiful (they comprise the majority of the product - a negative as dog foods should be based on meat rather than grain) and of mixed quality. The primary grain is brewers rice, which is a low quality grain and byproduct. Rice and oatmeal are decent quality. The fat content of the food is also low quality, and like the meat content, of unidentifiable species or source.


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