Biomega Group has called for pet food manufacturers and suppliers to use natural alternatives in pet food and treats in a bid to phase out the nutritionally devoid ingredient, glycerine.
Serving as a humectant, glycerine is used to bind water in canned food and treats by lowering water activity and gives pet food and treats the necessary elasticity for a chewy texture.
According to the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) vegetable glycerine is classed as “functional and safe” when added in pet food as a preservative ingredient.
Glycerine however is generally considered by pet owners as “unhealthy” due to its artificially high sugar content. With increasing humanisation of the way pets are treated, owners are now much more likely to swap product choices for more natural, healthier and fresher pet treats.
Bjørn Liaset, director of R&D at Biomega, said: “Glycerine is seen as especially palatable to cats and dogs due to its sugar content and is a widely used ingredient in today’s petfood market due to its excellent water binding properties.
“Our latest research at Biomega has unveiled how our 100% pure Norwegian hydrolysed salmon peptides can substitute glycerine in semi-moist pet treats.”
A recent study carried out on behalf of Biomega by Passion4Feed AS, an independent Norwegian pet food research facility, has demonstrated that removing glycerine is possible from cat and dog snacks when using Biomega’s Salmigo Protect L60.
Milka Tesla, CEO at Passion4Feed, added: “With the combination of 100% natural pea starch and Salmigo Protect L60, we discovered that glycerine could be replaced in its entirety. This means petfood applications using this combination of ingredients can claim to be 100% natural and highly nutritional.”