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FORMULATION
sensory and shelf-life targets to consider.
" Limited-ingredient pet foods can be difficult
to formulate as it can be hard to reach
the nutrient requirements with limited ingredients,
and it can also be difficult to get
the right flavor profile when you are limited
in terms of animal origin ingredients, "
Kennedy said. " Many functional marketing
claims require the guarantees for certain nutrients
or in some cases ingredients, so the
marketing of a limited-ingredient pet food
may be challenging, as fewer marketing call
outs are possible. "
That is the " sell " of the limited-ingredient
foods. Front
For pets with
food sensitivities,
formulations
containing novel
proteins such as
alligator, lamb and
venison can be a
successful option.
Blue Buffalo and Mars Petcare
Victoria Carmella, director, veterinary services, Blue
Buffalo, a brand of General Mills Inc., Minneapolis.
" Skin issues may be correlated to food sensitivities in
both dogs and cats.
" The use of non-traditional or novel proteins is very
common in products intended to support animals with
food sensitivities, " Carmella said. " The most commonly
identified food allergens are typical protein sources,
such as beef, dairy, chicken and wheat in dogs, and beef,
fish, chicken and wheat in cats. Utilizing novel proteins
in limited-ingredient products provides a nutritional solution
to help manage animals with food sensitivities. "
Some dogs with chronic diarrhea may also have an
underlying food allergy. It is estimated that 10% to 15%
of dogs with a food allergy have gastrointestinal symptoms.
Eliminating that food manages the problem.
" Limited-ingredient diets are based on the premise of
what's not in the food, " said Dana Paris, chief marketing
officer, Canidae Pet Food, Stamford, Conn.
Canidae has grain-free and grain-inclusive limitedingredient
formulas. The grain-inclusive diets do not
include peas or potatoes.
" It's stressful for pet parents to handle dietary concerns,
especially with so many products on the shelf to
choose from, " Paris said. " We try to make the process
as simple for them as possible. We list out all key ingredients
right on the front of package for some products.
Just like with people, the food our pets eat every day has
a big impact on health and quality of life. "
How low can you go?
These things considered, limited ingredients come with
formulation challenges. There are economic, nutrition,
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descriptive statement. Often those ingredients
are flagged on front labels, sometimes
even quantified. That's what ACANA, a brand
of Champion Petfoods, Edmonton, Alberta,
Canada, does with its limited-ingredient pet
labels provide the percentage of
single-sourced animal protein in the product. The duck
and pear recipe, for example, flags that it contains 65%
free-run duck ingredients.
" Utilizing novel proteins
in limited-ingredient
products provides a
nutritional solution to
help manage animals
with food sensitivities. "
Victoria Carmella, Blue Buffalo
What formulators want to avoid is " multiple animal
proteins, multiple carbohydrate-based ingredients and
multiple fat sources, " according to Kennedy. " The key to
a limited ingredient diet is to provide only one or maybe
two sources of protein, fat and carbohydrates, and also
to avoid all the ingredients that are unnecessary from a
nutrient perspective, such as spices and herbs and other
functional ingredients.
" Ensure you always are meeting the nutrient requirements
for the pet's life stage, " she added. " Also, try to
avoid using ingredients that do not add anything but are
only added for marketing claims. "
Paris
suggested that when formulating a limitedingredient
food, start with the end product in mind. In
other words, determine which ingredients to avoid from
the start.
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