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These Commercial Dog Foods Source From China

These Commercial Dog Foods Source From China

Now listen to this.  China has cornered the market on producing vitamins, supplements and even many of the inert ingredients that our pharmaceuticals are made with.  Yes, I have issues with products that come from China, but it is Pills close upreally hard to avoid them.  The big issue here is that when pet food products have that long list of vitamins and supplements that are added to their products, they are added because the food is processed so much that its nutrients are processed out.  Basically, our pets are living off of those supplements only.  Our dogs need their nutrients to come from the food itself, NOT from all the synthetic garbage (and/or lab-created vitamins containing “natural” flavoring) that is added to over-processed products which are void of any nutritional value by itself.  Pets who are eating commercial diets (kibble and canned food) are getting their nourishment from those vitamins which are acting as an alternative to real food.  I am not opposed to supplements.  I add some supplements to my dogs’ food because I cannot provide fresh kill for their meals.  The best form of nutrition is raw which is most nutritious right after the kill before extended time, exposure to air and the natural elements affect the nutrients.

Being that manufacturers add so many additional nutrients, you would think that they would be careful to provide Kibble Dollar Signhigh quality supplements since they are providing inferior food product to make profits high.  After all, they care about our pets so why would any corporation or manufacturer do their best to take those profits and purchase ingredients from Germany, France, or Japan?  Yeah right…  The cost of supplements from those countries are exponentially higher.  These manufacturers have a conflict of interest.

To learn more about vitamin premix you can read my articles:  What’s REALLY in Dog Food? and Shocking Dog Food Research Study.  To learn more about raw feeding, I have many articles, but Dog Food – All About it covers quite a bit and I include information about what I have been feeing my girls.

I called several manufacturers and asked them if ANY of their pet food products contain any ingredients whatsoever that are sourced from China.  I listed the label names that the manufacturers produce.  I did not ask about each individual product.  I wanted to give my readers a general list of foods that manufacturers sneak Chinese ingredients into.  I feel that if a manufacturer is ok with putting Chinese ingredients into any of their products, it speaks volumes about the priorities of that manufacturer.  There are no ingredients that cannot be sourced outside of China.  It is purely a matter of making bigger profits at the expense of the health and wellbeing of our dogs.

I asked if there are any products that have ingredients sourced from China.  Getting clear definitive answers was like pulling teeth.  Here are some of their responses:

Pile of KibbleNo.  They continue by naming their meat sources and where it is imported from and that the food is all made in the USA.

I then asked if any of their vitamins were sourced from China.
The answers included:

Yes, we get all our supplements within the USA.

I asked if they get their vitamins from a third party supplier.
They often replied:
Yes, but they are in the USA

I then asked where those suppliers source their products.
Answers varied:

Some of the supplier’s products come from China.
I don’t know.
That information is proprietary.
The suppliers get their products “globally.”
Of course I couldn’t resist to mention that “global” encompasses China.  They reiterated, the products are sourced globally and that they don’t know where.

The suppliers get their products from Asia.
I reminded them that Asia is enormous.  Contained in Asia is Australia, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia, and (believe it or not) China.  They reiterated, the products are sourced in Asia and that they don’t know where.

We pay extra money to ensure that the products are NOT sourced from China.  Information about their suppliers is proprietary.  (Whether or not they were truthful, it is not possible for me to verify that information because it is proprietary).

Many manufacturers decided to interpret my question as they wished.  Those manufacturers required the third Made in China USA Flag DONEdegree from me in order to get a clear answer.  Even after the questioning, some of the answers were still not definitive in that they did not provide answers that could be verified.  Because they I don’t understand why those people had such difficulty understanding that supplements ARE ingredients and by not acknowledging that, they are lying to the public (let alone their lack of knowledge with regard to geography).

Again, my question was:  Are there ANY ingredients in any of their pet food products that contain any ingredients whatsoever that are sourced from China?  I did NOT ask about each individual label brand of the manufacturer.

There are manufacturers that produce food that has no sourcing from China, but having dogs consume empty food that has supplements to compensate for its lack of nutritional value is just not right.  Dogs are not meant to thrive on supplements as their only form of nourishment.

I just want people to be aware of how common it is for manufactures to provide inferior nutritional supplements.  We are trained to avoid products from China, but look at what I found.  Our pets are consuming nutrients that come from supplements which are sourced from China.  These supplements are often the sole source of nourishment.  Something can be MADE in the USA, but it doesn’t mean that the ingredients are from the USA.

 Manufacturer  Label Names Sourced from China
Artemis Company Artemis Yes
Petsmart Label Brand Authority Yes
Breeder’s Choice Pet Foods Inc APD Select Choice
Active Care
Trader Joe’s Brand
Proprietary Information
Del Monte Foods
AKA – Big Heart Pet Brands
Kibbles ‘n BitsNature’s RecipeNatural Balance
Milo’s Kitchen
Suppliers source globally – not sure
Diamond Pet Foods Inc Chicken Soup for the Doglover’s SoulCountry Value Diamond
Premium Edge Professional
Taste of the Wild
Suppliers source globally
Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods Inc Natural Balance Yes
Hill’s Pet Nutrition Inc Hills Science Diet
Hills Prescription Diet
Hills Ideal Balance
Hills Healthy Advantage
Costco’s Brand Kirkland Yes
Mars Petcare US Inc Butcher Selects California Naturals Cesar
Goodlife Recipe
Natura Pet
Royal Canin
Midwestern Pet Foods Inc Pro Pac    
They THINK their 3rd party suppliers source from Europe
Nestlé Purina Pro Plan Purina ONE Purina Veterinary Diets Yes
Triumph Pet Industries Inc Evolve Hi-Tor NeoTriumph Yes
Wellpet LLC Eagle Pack Holistic SelectWellness Yes

To read about what I feed my own dogs, check out my articles The BEST Dog Food.

To get a better idea about what raw diets are all about an article of interest (of many on the subject) raw diets check out Why a Raw Diet is Vital.

To read an article about why I stay away from the big commercial manufacturers a great article (of many on the subject) is called commercialarticles about biologically appropriate diets check out What’s REALLY in Dog Food.

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  1. kathy

    Please give me some advice.
    I feed my dog Fromm’s 4Star Nutritionals and am thinking about Nature’s Logic dog kibble.
    Even though I’ve been reading a lot about kibble I just found this site and wonder if those foods I feed are just as inferior as the other kibbles. I don’t trust myself to give my dog all he needs by cooking for him and I can’t afford Honest Kitchen, etc.
    I am older and set in my thinking and don’t really want to feed him raw. Can you give me some advice, please?
    Thanks you so much –

    1. Janie

      Hi Kathy-

      Thank you for visiting my website. STAY AWAY FROM KIBBLE. I am all for a biologically appropriate diet.
      The reasons for avoiding kibble are too many to name, but check out the following articles to find out about kibble:
      What’s REALLY in Dog Food?, Shocking Dog Food Research Study, and also Why a Raw Diet is Vital, and Dog Food – All About it.

      Going to a holistic vet who specializes in nutrition is critical because the greater majority of conventional vets do not have the additional education about the subject. Nutrition is a subject that is avoided in vet school because it is a conflict of interest. Most vet programs receive finding from corporations like Hill’s. Conventional vets who do not get this post vet school training are hurting our dogs as a result. If you read my article Problems with Conventional Veterinary Methods.

      To find a holistic vet, you may check out the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. Be sure to put a check mark into the nutrition option.

      Best of luck to you.

  2. Natural Mom

    Great info; thanks for sharing. We feed our cats and dogs an organic raw diet that we prepare. Have been doing this for years so it’s easy but when people ask me about what brands of commercial raw dog foods are best, I have no idea…other than never buy anything that has ingredients from China or another foreign country and any that use high pressure pasteurization. Do you have a list of raw foods that are good and bad? Thank you.

    1. Janie

      Hey Natural Mom!!!

      Thank you so much for visiting my website and for your comment. I recommend two brands that I have used for my own dogs. One is Barfworld and the other is Raw Paws. As a beginner I used Barfworld discussed in my article What I Have Fed My Own Dogs. When I became more advanced I chose Raw Paws in my article TThe BEST Dog Food for the Advanced.

      I ask you to please use the links I have in my sidebar or in the articles each time you or your friends order. Please let your friend know. Full disclosure – I receive a small commission for sales. This does NOT affect prices that you pay. There are tons of products out there, but I will only promote products that I feel are worthwhile for me to include on my website and to share with others. I work tirelessly to write informative articles to educate people about health for dogs.

      Thank you again for writing. Please spread the word about my website. Also, I feel that it is critical for my readers to read my article about vaccines. Are Vaccines Really Safe is a good one to start with.

      All the best

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