Decadent Doggie! Jerky complies with the federal regulations, enforced by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), for the standards applicable for animal feeds: proper identification of product, net quantity statement, manufacturer’s name and address, and proper listing of ingredients.
What does this really mean? First, it means that we label our products in accordance with the FDA guidelines for labeling. If a product doesn’t contain 95% of an ingredient, it can’t be used in the name of the product.
Since our products are 95% chicken or turkey, we can call them “Chicken Jerky Strips” or “Turkey Jerky Strips”. If they didn’t contain 95% chicken or turkey, they would have to be called “Jerky Strips – Chicken Flavored, or “Jerky Strips – Turkey Flavored”.
Look at some of the names of treats you have at home, we bet you’ll notice that many of them are labeled as “Chicken Flavored” or “Beef Flavored”. How much chicken or beef “flavoring” is actually in those products? The packages don’t tell you that, do they? Since chicken or turkey are the most expensive ingredients, we bet there’s going to be very little…
Second, we have had a “Guaranteed Analysis” performed on each of our products. We have sent each of our products to a lab, Silliker Food Safety & Quality Solution, to be tested. This test guarantees the minimum percentages of crude protein and crude fat, and the maximum percentages of crude fiber and moisture.
If you would like to learn more about FDA requirements for pet food labels, you can click here to go to Animal and Veterinary portion of the FDA’s site. While it is kind of boring to read, you will learn a LOT about how to read pet food labels and what the information really means.
The Guaranteed Analysis
As we’ve said, we have had a “Guaranteed Analysis” performed by Silliker Food Safety & Quality Solution on each of our products. This required test is useful when comparing our jerky to another, but is more often used when comparing canned dog food to dry dog food or one brand of dog food to another.
For instance, one dog food may be much cheaper, but looking at the guaranteed analysis may tell you that there’s significantly less protein (which is more expensive) and more “fillers”. The more expensive dog food may cost more, but you would have to give your dog less of it for them to have a nutritious meal.
Another reason the “Guaranteed Analysis” may be important is if your dog is on a low or high protein or fat diet. Decadent Doggie! Chicken Jerky is 70% protein and almost less than 4% fat. Decadent Doggie! Turkey Jerky is 68% protein and almost less than 4% fat. Either Decadent Doggie! Jerky, Chicken or Turkey, is a very healthy treat by dog or human standards!