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Description: Ingredients;
Rice (min 26%), lamb meal (min 26%), sugar beet pulp, animal fats, digest, salt, with antioxidant EC additives.

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Nutritional Analysis
Protein 20%
Oil 11%
Ash 10%
Fibre 3.0%
Vitamin A 12000iu/kg
Vitamin D3 1800iu/kg
Vitamin E 70mg/kg
Copper 10mg/kg


Registered: October 2005
Posts: 3953
Review Date: Wed January 16, 2008 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: Not Indicated | Rating: 0 

Pros: Second ingredient is a named meat product
Cons: Insufficient meat content, fat of unidentifiable origin, controversial filler, undisclosed preservative

The first ingredient in the food is rice, at minimum 26%. Rice is a decent quality grain, but it is still a grain and dog food products should be based on meat rather than grain. The second ingredient is a named meat product, in meal form and also making up 26% of the food.

Beet pulp is filler, and a controversial ingredient. It is a by-product, being dried residue from sugar beets which has been cleaned and extracted in the process of manufacturing sugar. It is a controversial ingredient in dog food, claimed by some manufacturers to be a good source of fibre, and derided by others as an ingredient added to slow down the transition of rancid animal fats and causing stress to kidney and liver in the process. We note that beet pulp is an ingredient that commonly causes problems for dogs, including allergies and ear infections, and prefer not to see it used in dog food. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required.

Animal fat is an ingredient of unidentified origin for which it is impossible to determine species, source or quality. Unidentified ingredients are usually very low quality. AAFCO define this asobtained from the tissues of mammals and/or poultry in the commercial processes of rendering or extracting. It consists predominantly of glyceride esters of fatty acids and contains no additions of free fatty acids. If an antioxidant is used, the common name or names must be indicated, followed by the words "used as a preservative".

There is no information given about preservatives. "EEC permitted" may include chemicals such as ethoxyquin, BHT and BHA all of which are allowed in pet products but are banned or heavily regulated in human food due to the belief that they are carcinogenic.

With an overall meat content of 26%, this product has more meat content than is apparent in most products in this category. It is the presence of such low quality and unidentifiable origin ingredients as "animal" fats, and the lack of disclosure of preservatives that are the primary reason for the low rating accorded to this product.

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