Artificial Preservatives In Pet Food

Carbohydrates, Proteins and fats are the main energy sources in pet foods. These ingredients must be preserved against spoilage from bacteria and moulds.
Preservatives are added to pet foods to maintain its wholesomeness and quality. The type and the quantity of preservative required to achieve this depends on the formulation of the food – i.e. whether the pet food is dry, semi-moist or moist (can food)
Most preservatives used in pet food during the manufacturing process are either natural or synthetic (artificial). Synthetic preservatives like BHA, BHT, and ETHOXYQUIN tend to provide a longer ‘shelf life’ (expiry dates) but may have their side effects.
Ethoxyquin is a fat preservative found in many commercial foods and fiercely rejected by those who refuse to feed chemicals to their animals. Some reports suggest that it is implicated in cases of nervousness, hypersensitivity and cancer,
Both BHA and BHT have undergone the additive application and review process required by the US Food and Drug Administration. However, the same chemical properties which make BHA and BHT excellent preservatives may also be implicated in health effects like cancer/tumour. There is evidence that certain persons may have difficulty metabolizing BHA and BHT, resulting in health and behaviour changes.
Since Ethoxyquin was first added to dog foods, many breeders and pet owners have told stories of sterility and decreased fertility; deformed puppies; periodontal (teeth) disease; precancerous lesions of the liver, kidney and bladder; vaccine failure; and increased incidence of cataracts (eye). Ethoxyquin was originally approved by the FDA as a grain preservative intended for animals raised to be killed for food, and it was to be used no longer than 2 years. The safety of feeding it to dogs who live 10 to 12 years has never been proven, and the original studies run by the company who manufactured Ethoxyquin were seriously flawed.
To avoid them read the label. Because of the possibility that BHT and BHA might cause cancer, both should be phased out of our food supply. To play it safe, phase them out of your diet.
NutroPetPlan and our other pet foods are manufactured with best ethical practice. The quality and wholesomeness are maintained with natural preservatives like Rosemary Extracts, Tocopherols (vitamin E) and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). We pay special attention from raw material procurement through the production process. Every bag receives special attention.
As a reputable pet food manufacturer, we ensure that our suppliers use preservatives that are compatible with our product labelling claims.