Gluten-free pet food mislabeling creates concerns
Gluten is not an issue limited to the human population, and pets can also be allergic to this protein. A recent study from Chapman University has discovered problems with labels on common pet food brands, and previous research has indicated that gluten is sometimes present in products labeled as gluten-free. This has created new concerns for pet owners who worry about the food they are purchasing.
Chapman University’s Food Science Program researched dog and cat food labels by testing the products and looking for mislabeling. Although the most recent study focused on meat in pet food, other studies have looked at gluten. One of the main concerns is that finding one ingredient missing from the label can lead to more missing ingredients, so there may be multiple problems with the food including the presence of gluten.
Despite regulations, Chapman University’s Food Science Program discovered that 16 of the 52 pet food products tested by researchers had a meat ingredient that was not listed on the label. Most of the brands had pork included in the food, but it was not on the label. Researchers also found that some of the brands claimed to have beef, yet there was no beef included, and other types of meat replaced it. A previous study tested 21 pet food products and found five of them had gluten. Mislabeling continues to be a concern for pet owners who may be risking their beloved animals’ health by feeding them the wrong food.
Some experts blame contamination for the addition of allergens to pet food products, but it is not the only source of the problem. Sometimes products are mislabeled because the manufacturing process is not being monitored closely or a supplier has not revealed the truth about ingredients. If you are concerned about your pet’s food, then you may want to consult a veterinarian.
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