More leftovers Encouraged to be Used in Your Pets Food!:eek:
The president of the Pet Food & Ingredient Technology, Inc. thinks its
time for left over ingredients from the processing of ethanol to be
utilized in pet food. Being more concerned with rising costs of grain
products instead of quality nutrition, Greg Aldrich, PhD feels its time
pet food manufacturers use spent-fermentation leftovers. He feels it will
be well received if its pitched to pet owners as a green ingredient.
Wonder if it will make pets feel green?
As if the pet food industry doesnt have enough problems, now the
president of Pet Food & Ingredient Technology, Inc., "which facilitates
innovations in foods and ingredients for companion animals" is encouraging
dog food and cat food manufacturers to consider using leftovers from
ethanol processing. Geez.
In an article on the Pet Food Industry website
(http://www.petfoodindustry.com/ViewArticle.aspx?id=22862) Dr. Aldrich
states: The production of ethanol has meant many things to the petfood
industry - much of which hasn't been pleasant because of the pressure it
has placed on grain supplies. But, maybe there is some redemption for
ethanol production that petfood companies have overlooked these last few
years. Redemption in the way of an ingredient - specifically the
protein-enriched, spent-fermentation co-product known as distillers dried
grains with solubles (DDGS).
Allow me to interpretThe production of ethanol has raised the cost
of otherwise cheap grains commonly used as protein in pet food. Ah, but I
discovered something that we might have overlookedand its even cheaper!
After they process grain for ethanol, the left over garbage still analyzes
as protein goodie for us! Jump on this gang, before the price goes up!
Dr. Aldrich reports on research of DDGS (left-overs from ethanol
production): To summarize this battery of studies, the inclusion of DDGS
at up to 30% of dog diets was reported to be acceptable; but,
digestibility, stool consistency and palatability were measurably
Interpretation: Using up to 30% of this cheap @#$% is fine, even
though it wont provide much nutrition and will probably give the pet the
runs (and big time gas!).
And Dr. Aldrich also reports on drawbacks: One drawback to DDGS
is the potential to concentrate mycotoxins, especially given that
fermentation and distilling do not destroy these mold metabolites. Nor is
the ethanol industry obligated to operate under the same restrictions as
the food and feed industries. In one extension report from South Dakota
State University, mycotoxin concentrations for 2000 through 2007 were
reported to be measurable in each testing year.
Interpretation: There is one problem, and its big DDGS
(left-overs from ethanol production) are extremely prone to a deadly mold
that is known to be a killer of pets. Extensive research has shown its
very risky. But remember, its cheap so its probably worth the risk.
As if the above isnt bad enoughDr. Aldrich feels petsumers will
welcome this change: Considering consumers generally have a favorable
view of "green" ethanol Well Dr. Aldrich, we might not all have a PhD
behind our name, but we certainly are not stupid! Green pet food is NOT
huge piles left in the backyard or litter box!
AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) currently
name these types of products Distillers Grains, Distillers Dried Grain
Solubles, Wet Grains, and more. We can only guess that if this becomes
a popular ingredient, AAFCO will graciously accommodate The Pet Food
Industry with a nice, safe sounding ingredient name. Something like
Protein-rich Solubles after allleft-over @#$% from the processing of
ethanol on a pet food label probably wont sell much pet food.
By the way, Dr. Aldrich reports there is no shortage of DDGS last
year there was over 3.5 million metric tons produced. Instead of pet
food, the perfect place for this left-over @#$% to go is to produce
BioFuel. Why not take the left over ingredients from producing ethanol
and turn it into even more energy? Perhaps that makes too much sense.
For more information on BioFuel:
Should you decide to call or email Dr. Aldrich, his contact
information is at the bottom of the article. Here is the link again:
Wishing you and your pet the best,
Truth About Pet Food
This came from my all breed dog rescue group…
WHAT ARE THEY THINKING???