|Barked: Wed Jun 4, '08 10:58am PST |
I emailed TOW about USDA inspected meats, BHA/BHT/ethoxyquin free food, etc.
This was their response:
Where does all the bison, venison, quail and turkey come from?
- How about the fish?
- And the vegetables and fruits?
Most of the ingredients in Taste of the Wild originate in the United States. There are critical ingredients that are not available domestically in an adequate supply and with as much quality as our international supply. We do purchase some ingredients from foreign suppliers such as potato protein from Germany and dried chicory root from Belgium. We screen for all toxins with a test called ToxiScreen. This test screens for other toxins besides melamine and cyanuric acid but heavy metals, pesticide residue, aflatoxin, vomitoxin, rodenticide, and many others. Should any of these contaminants be resent in the sample, the ToxiScreen test will detect it.
- Are all ingredients 100% human grade approved?
No ingredient used by a pet food manufacturer can be honestly called “human grade”. By definition, once any ingredient enters a pet food facility, it by law becomes classified as “feed grade”. However, many of the ingredients used in the Taste of the Wild product line originate from food grade facilities.
- Are they hormone / antibiotic-free meats?
- Is your fish ethoxyquin-free?
Our suppliers use proprietary methods for preservation, applying minimal amounts for preservation during transport. The heat from our process destroys the inbound preservation systems. Our preservation system for finished product preservation is natural tocopherols.
- Does Diamond have any impending FDA warnings or violations that need to be resolved?
- Is the food tested for impurities? What tests do you do on your products?
Raw Ingredients Testing:
All whole grains and§ grain-related ingredients are tested for specific risk mycotoxins prior to receipt.
All fats and oils are sampled§ and tested for antioxidant levels and oxidative stability index (OSI) to assure rancidity does not occur
All loads of protein meal (e.g.§ fish, chicken) and are tested for peroxide value (rancidity).
All bulk ingredients are§ sampled and tested for moisture, protein, fat, ash, and other applicable tests such as particle size.
All ingredients are examined§ for visual and odor deviations. Retainer samples are kept for each load for a minimum of 18 months.
• General toxicity screening – detects harmful levels of any toxins present in the ingredient or finished product
Samples are collected with a robotic arm, eliminating human influence from the sampling process.
Finished Product Testing:
Samples of uncoated pet food§ are collected every 30 minutes during production and tested for moisture, protein, fat, ash, crude fiber, bulk density, and dimensions.
Samples of pet food are§ collected and tested for mycotoxin at the beginning and end of each production run.
Samples of finished product are§ collected on an hourly basis and tested for moisture, protein, fat, ash, crude fiber, and bulk density.
Packaged bags are tested for§ bag weight, bag fill, production code, best before date, and bag seal on an hourly basis.
Packaged bags of pet food are§ passed through a metal detector prior to palletization. Metal detectors are calibrated (checked) using set standards by the packaging operator on an hourly basis and by the QC technician once every two hours.
All products manufactured are§ sampled on an hourly basis and stored as retainers for 12-18 months.
VP of Marketing.
I would love to get your thoughts on this. I think that they evaded answering honestly about some of the key questions -
Does it contain BHA, BHT? My assumption: yes
Does the meat come from USDA human consumption facilities? My assumption: no
Is the fish processed with ethoxyquin before it gets to their facilities? My assumption: yes
The reason for my assumptions: If these were to their advantages they would advertise them!
My dog really likes TOW but I am not convinced that this is a quality food. It seems that it is more a marketing ploy with higher protein% and grain free.
I would love to get your opinions on it.
Edited by author Wed Jun 4, '08 11:00am PST
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