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INGREDIENTS

BAL ANCED

benefits

Formulating with dietary fibers requires
an understanding of the nutritional
and functional impact on pets.

By Donna Berry | petfoodprocessing@sosland.com

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Pet food manufacturers have a plethora of fiber ingredient options, some more economical or functional than
others. It's all about achieving the right balance so the
cat or dog has consistent, slightly firm poops on a regular basis, and allows for maximum nutrient absorption
during digestion.
"Formulating for the correct balance of dietary fibers is arguably as important as including the proper
amounts of other key nutrients, such as amino acids and
vitamins," says Trevor Faber, companion animal nutritionist, Trouw Nutrition, Highland, Illinois.
The challenge is that a lot of beneficial dietary fiber
sources traditionally used in pet diets have come under
scrutiny by pet parents. That is changing through education and advancements in science, along with growing
interest in upcycling of food byproducts.
"Over the last decade, conversations around ingredient credibility have often focused on what an ingredient
is instead of what it offers nutritionally, causing some
safe and healthy ingredients to get a bad rap," says Kurt
Venator, chief veterinary officer, Nestlé Purina PetCare
Company, St. Louis. "It's important to remember that
good nutrition for pets is all about nutrients, so focusing

only on ingredients won't tell the whole story and can
become a distraction for well-meaning pet owners."
Gary Davenport, companion animal technical manager,
ADM, Chicago, says, "More than 25 years ago, marketing
campaigns cast fiber as a non-nutritive filler. These misleading campaigns attempted to create points of differentiation
by disparaging certain ingredients in competitive products.
As a result, corn, wheat, soy and animal byproduct meals
often have negative consumer perceptions despite being
nutritious, economical and appropriate for dogs and cats
when part of nutritionally complete foods."

Varied fiber types

The many options
for dietary fiber in
pet diets require
a balanced
approach and clear
understanding
of the role each
ingredient can play
in the overall health
and well-being
of pets.
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While dietary fiber may come from many varied sources,
it is quantified as one lump sum and reported as "crude
fiber" on pet food and treat product labels. The term
"crude" refers to the specific method of testing the product that measures the indigestible fractions of feedstuffs,
according to the Association of American Feed Control
Officials (AAFCO) - not to the quality of the nutrient.
"This method to classify dietary fibers is, as the name
suggests, crude," Faber says. "This methodology accounts for most of the cellulose but only a portion of the

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Contents
OFF THE LEASH - Dearth of data
TRENDS - Pets vs. planet
PLANT PROFILE - Recognized as Champions
FOOD SAFETY - Plan, test, improve, repeat
REGULATORY - Building on success
INGREDIENTS - Balanced benefits
FORMULATION - Understanding palatability
EQUIPMENT - Eye on dry
EQUIPMENT - Key to kibble control
OPERATIONS - 21st century pest control
PACKAGING - The singles scene
BEST IN SHOW
PATENTS TO PONDER
EVENTS
CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING
AD INDEX
SIT, STAY, READ
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PET Food Processing - March 2020 - Contents
PET Food Processing - March 2020 - OFF THE LEASH - Dearth of data
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PET Food Processing - March 2020 - 8
PET Food Processing - March 2020 - TRENDS - Pets vs. planet
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PET Food Processing - March 2020 - REGULATORY - Building on success
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PET Food Processing - March 2020 - INGREDIENTS - Balanced benefits
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PET Food Processing - March 2020 - FORMULATION - Understanding palatability
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PET Food Processing - March 2020 - EQUIPMENT - Eye on dry
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PET Food Processing - March 2020 - EQUIPMENT - Key to kibble control
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PET Food Processing - March 2020 - OPERATIONS - 21st century pest control
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PET Food Processing - March 2020 - PACKAGING - The singles scene
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PET Food Processing - March 2020 - CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING
PET Food Processing - March 2020 - AD INDEX
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