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January 13, 2009
Thank you for your e-mail sharing your concerns regarding onion extract in Pup-Peroni Dog Snacks. We're glad you took the time to contact us.
We do use very low levels of onion extract in some of our dog food and dog snack recipes. Onion extract is a GRAS ingredient (FDA 'Generally Recognized As Safe' ingredient list) for use in dog foods.
You're correct in that raw onions and dried onion powder contain a group of compounds called thiosulfates that have been associated with changes is red blood cells, which is the reason that onions are considered by some to be a risk to cats and dogs. However, we use onion extract rather than the onion powder. Onion extract does not contain these thiosulfate compounds. There is no risk from the low level of onion extract present in our products, including Pup-Peroni.
Thanks again for contacting us. We are vitally concerned with the health and well-being of pets. You can be assured your comments will be forwarded to the appropriate people in our company. As a way of thanking you, we're sending coupons in the postal mail. If we can be of any further assistance, please don't hesitate to call our toll-free number, 1-800-252-7022.
Adam, Del Monte Foods Consumer Affairs
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