Posted by Pawsm on September 1, 2019
Dog Food Series: Part One
Sometimes going to the store can be downright daunting; seeing all those foods with all those labels and not really knowing what everything means.
In the EU/US dog food labels are separated into two parts:
the Principal Display Panel – EU/USA – contain manufacturers name, brand name, product name, quantity of content, nutritional claim (complete and balanced), designator or statement of intent (for dogs)
The Information Panel – USA (name and address of manufacturer, universal product code, nutritional adequacy statement, feeding guide, ingredients list, guaranteed or typical analysis)
Statutory statement – EU (name and address of company responsible, net weight, best before date, nutritional claim, feeding instructions, additives, ingredients list, typical analysis)
There are certain “trigger” words in the food name which can quickly tell us how much of what is in a certain food. In the USA, if the name contains the word:
In the EU situation is slightly different:
This explains which and whose needs a certain food fulfills. The standardized terms are:
Sometimes the food label also explains which stage of life the food is made for:
Usually contains information on the amount of food to be provided / body weight of the animal. Highly regulated in the EU, not so much in the USA.
Ingredients lists describe raw materials used and the amounts in which they are present in the dog food.
In the EU additives fall under their own category. They tend to be grouped in five types: vitamins, copper, preserves, antioxidants, coloring agents.
Typical analysis contains information on nutritional contents and amounts. It is the most important part of the label when dealing with dog food plans. While there are some variation in which information is listed the analysis typically states the amount of: crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber, moisture.
These terms commonly appear on the labels, but are not legally defined; so manufacturers are able to use the terms as defined by each company:
Notice that we didn’t go very deep into the the label part called guaranteed/typical analysis. The label guaranteed analysis (or typical analysis) is the focal point of good dog food plan and is so important that it deserves an article of its own.
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