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SOSLAND PUBLISHING
years
FROM
FEED
TO
FOOD
A look at nearly a century of Nestlé Purina meeting the
nutritional needs of pets as the industry has evolved.
By Jennifer Semple | jsemple@sosland.com
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According to a few sources including the Pet Food
Institute and the European Pet Food Industry Federation
(FEDIAF), the first commercially prepared pet food was
a dog biscuit product introduced in England by businessman
James Spratt around 1860. Spratt's first formula
is reported to have included a mix of wheat meals, vegetables,
beetroot and beef blood.
As the Industrial Revolution helped the economy
grow and a middle class emerged in the late 1800s and
early 1900s, domesticated dogs and cats were elevated
from working animals to companion status and were
gradually welcomed into our homes.
Food for pets began being regulated in the United
States separately from animal feed when the Association
of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), an organization
of US state and federal regulatory officials,
first included language specifically for pet food in their
model bills in 1917.
AAFCO established a definition for " complete and
balanced " pet food 52 years later in 1969. This was probably
largely due to a better understanding of canine and
feline nutritional needs made possible by the research
conducted by early 20th century pet food companies
such as Purina.
In 1926, Purina established a research farm in Gray
Summit, Mo. to study animal nutrition. The farm included
the first-ever canine nutrition center. Purina
launched their first dog food, Purina Dog Chow, the
same year.
" Since its inception, Purina has been driven to use
science to better understand how to improve the health
and wellbeing of pets, " said Susan Anderson-Bauer,
Purina archivist, St. Louis, Mo. " Over the years, Purina
scientists, nutritionists and veterinarians have made
groundbreaking discoveries to help dogs and cats live
longer, healthier lives. "
Before commercial pet food was available, pets typically
ate table scraps or whatever they could forage on
their own. Many pets were malnourished, and both
disease and short life spans were common.
In recipes and marketing material dating back to the
early 1930s, the key ingredients highlighted in early
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Purina started
producing dog
food in 1926, but
the company had
been making
animal feed for
more than 30 years
before that.
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