Researchers at the University of Nottingham have released the results of tests on pet food. Of the 17 products they examined 14 were found to hold proteins from unspecified animal species. Or, in layman\u2019s terms, they featured meats that weren\u2019t explicitly named on the label. The details were published within the open access journal Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica.\r\n\r\nMajor UK newspapers have picked up on the story. The Daily Mail claimed the findings were evidence of a \u2018swindle\u2019. The Independent pointed out that pet food products could be marketed as \u2018beef\u2019 or \u2018chicken\u2019, for example, as long as the four percent is comprised of the named animal protein. \r\n\r\nThe researchers also tested for horse meat but found no evidence of horse within any of the 17 items. \r\n\r\nLead author Professor Kin-Chow Chang said \u2018It may be a surprise to shoppers to discover that prominently described contents such as \u2018beef\u2019 on a tin could, within the guidelines, be a minor ingredient, have no bovine skeletal muscle (meat) and contain a majority of unidentified animal proteins.\r\n\r\n\u2018There is a need for the pet food industry to show greater transparency to customers in the disclosure of the types of animal proteins in their products. Full disclosure of animal contents will allow more informed choices to be made on purchases which are particularly important for pets with food allergies, reduce the risk of product misinterpretation by shoppers, and avoid potential religious concerns.\u2019\r\n\r\nTo share your opinion on the findings contact Pet Gazette via twitter @petgazette or email us directly.