Written by: McKay
Last update date: 2021-06-15 11:55
A group of "cat slaves" usually feed their beloved cats with canned cat food.
The Consumer Council today (15th) published a new issue of "Choice" monthly, including testing 22 canned or bagged wet food products mainly for cats, and found that 90% of the staple food canned products contained minerals, amino acids and vitamins. , Failed to meet the content level recommended by the International Pet Food Organization, and only two samples of staple food cans fully meet the relevant recommendations.
Among them, the mercury content of a non-staple food can is close to the EU upper limit.
The Consumer Council reminds that if pets are allowed to eat for a long time, there is a chance that pets will not take in enough or excessive amounts of certain nutrients. You "cat slaves" should choose carefully.
There are more and more "cat slaves" in Hong Kong, and the Consumer Council has tested 22 canned or bagged wet food products mainly for cats.
(Photo/Photo by Luo Guohui)
The Consumer Council tested 22 types of canned or bagged wet food mainly for cats, including 12 types of fully nutritious pet food (staple food cans) and 10 types of non-staple food cans.
The Consumer Council tested 22 canned or bagged wet food products mainly for cats and found that 90% of the canned staple food products did not meet the level of minerals, amino acids and vitamins recommended by the International Pet Food Organization.
(Picture of the Consumer Council)
It turns out that only Nature's Variety Instinct (#1) and Hill's (#9), the mineral content of the two cat cans, are in full compliance with pet food organizations, including AAFCO in the United States, FEDIAF in Europe, and the National Research Council (NRC). Relevant recommendations for the maintenance period diet for adult cats.
However, Nature's Variety Instinct (#1) is the only product that contains lead in all samples, but the content is only 0.36mg/kg (calculated at 12% water content), which does not exceed the standard.
Tuna is prone to excessive mercury and can cause difficulty walking
Among the 22 samples, 13 samples were found to contain mercury, and 9 of them were labeled as containing tuna, or with tuna as one of the important ingredients.
Among them, the mercury content detected by Applaws (#18) in the non-staple food tank is 0.296mg/kg (calculated with a water content of 12%), which is close to the upper limit set by EU regulations on cat and dog feed.
Natural Cat Food-Tuna Fillet with Prawn of "Applaws" has a mercury content of 0.296mg/kg, which is close to the upper limit set by EU regulations on cat and dog feed.
The Consumer Council pointed out that allowing cats to eat a diet high in mercury for a long time may cause damage to their nervous system, which may affect the coordination and balance of the body in the long run, and may even have difficulty walking.
The supplier of "Applaws" retorted that the samples are non-staple food cans, and the relevant US and European pet food nutrition guidelines do not apply to the tested models.
CANAGAN cat cans contain too high methionine content can cause severe hemolytic anemia
In addition, the ratio of calcium to phosphorus in Crispy Love (#12) and CANAGAN (#5) are 0.17 and 0.8, respectively.
Among them, the calcium content of Crispy Love is only 0.12%, which is lower than the recommendations of AAFCO in the United States and FEDIAF in Europe. A diet with a low calcium and phosphorus ratio is more likely to cause secondary hyperparathyroidism, bone loss and porosity.
The methionine content of these two staple food cans is also too high. The CANAGAN claimed to be edible by kittens accounted for 2.02%, and the crispy love accounted for 2.33%, which exceeded the American AAFCO and European FEDIAF standards.
At the same time, the iodine content of CANAGAN is 26.32mg/kg, which is far higher than the recommended maximum levels of 9mg/kg and 11mg/kg in cat diets of American AAFCO and European FEDIAF, respectively.
The Hong Kong Society of Pet Nutrition stated that excessive intake of methionine can lead to severe hemolytic anemia in cats, which affects the food intake and weight gain of kittens, and affects growth and development. Excessive iodine intake can cause cats to develop severe hemolytic anemia. Decrease in appetite, affect immunity, goiter, fever, weight gain, etc.
"CANAGAN" Fresh Chicken for Cats for kittens has a methionine content that exceeds the American AAFCO and European FEDIAF standards.
The CANAGAN agent said that the results of the Consumer Council's test were very different
The agent of CANAGAN believes that the test results of the Consumer Council are quite different from its internal test data. The test report of the related products of the relatively recent manufacturing batch has been submitted to prove it, and a third-party laboratory will conduct a review of the products currently available on the market. Detection.
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