Exactly what’s in your puppy’s chow might not be what’s listed on the label. A new study found nearly half the dog and cat foods analyzed to be mislabeled, according to petfoodindustry.com.
Researchers at Chapman University’s Food Science Program tested 52 products. Twenty of them were potentially mislabeled. Of the 20, 13 were dog food and seven were cat food. Sixteen of these products contained meat species that weren’t included on the product label, usually pork. It wasn’t clear whether the mislabeling was intentional or not. The report was published in the journal Food Control.
“Although regulations exist for pet foods, increases in international trade and globalization of the food supply have amplified the potential for food fraud to occur,” Rosalee Hellberg, PhD, co-author on the study, told petfoodindustry.com. “With the recent discovery of horsemeat in ground meat products sold for human consumption in several European countries, finding horsemeat in US consumer food and pet food products is a concern, which is one of the reasons we wanted to do this study.”
Horsemeat was not found in any of the pet foods tested for the study, though one “contained a non-specific meat ingredient that could not be verified,” according to the article.
Soylent green, anyone?