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From: Edward Lipinski
Date: 2001-03-25 07:16:00 UTC
Subject: Commercial Ferret Food - a great buy or what?

YO Christopher,

Yeah I too wonder what 'inorganic' chicken would be. Do they lay
'inorganic' eggs too?

By the way, did you notice that they list chicken twice, once as 'chicken
meal' and second as plain'chicken"?
Oh, yes,there's also listed 'chicken fat'. So there's chicken listed

You know, it sounds to me that they've taken the chicken all apart,
removed some 'stuff' and are giving us back bits and pieces. Why not
just put regular chicken in there? I do too wonder where went the
chicken 'stuff' they removed before giving us back bits and pieces. And
this 'organic' BS is a myth of the worst order. Betcha they sell more
with that statement on the bag than they would without it, eh whadaya

Yea, and another thing...what's the difference between 'crude' protein,
'crude' fat and the same stuff without the 'crude' there? You know,
anything that's 'crude' strikes me as less than 'good'. Are the two
(protein and fat) in their natural states and unaltered by cooking or

Note also at the very end of the ingredients they are adding essentially
yoghurt bacteria, except without the casein, the fat and the calcium
that's in yoghurt.

They seem to recognize the need for biotin as well as taurine, and I
guess that's good. Was the taurine added before or after this mix was
processed, cooked, preserved and dried? Cooking taurine just about
removes it; that's one AA that can't take much heat. Same question on
the bacteria added there on the end.

Who's this AAFCO nutrient profile? Anybody got an answer? Who are they?
Are they in the hip pocket of the pet food manufacturers or do they
represent you, the pet ferret owner? Who, I wonder, pays their bills?
You know the answer to that maybe?

Just some cogent questions - they need answers too.

Edward Lipinski @ F.E.R.R.E.T.S. NW Foundation

On Sun, 25 Mar 2001 09:57:08 -0000 "Christopher"
<christopher@b...> writes:
> --- In Ferret-Health-list@y..., Linda Iroff <ferret@m...> wrote:
> > If someone has a pack of Eagle Pack ferret food, can they post the
> > nutritional analysis and first several ingredients?
> From the bag of "Eagle Pack Super Premium Ferret Food">
> Crude protein min 34.5%
> crude fat min 21.0%
> fiber max 3.8%
> moisture max 10.0%
> taurine min 0.14%
> Omega 6 (linoleic acid) min 3.6%
> Omega 3 min 0.51% (not recognized as an essential
> nutrient by the AAFCO Nutrient Profile)
> chicken meal, ground brown rice, chicken fat (preserved with
> natuaral mixed tocopherols, citric acid and rosemary extract) ground
> corn, corn gluten meal, chicken, flax seed, brewers dried yeast,
> poultry liver digest, wheat germ meal, pork meal, dried egg product,
> fish meal, dried beet pulp, salt, potassium chloride, vitamin a
> acetate, d-activated animal sterol ( source of vitamin d-3), vitamin
> e supplement, vitamin b12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, niacin
> supplement, choline chloride, menadione dimethylpyrimidinol
> bisulfite, calcium pantothenate, folic acid, dl-methionine,
> pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, ascorbic
> acid, inositol, polysaccharide complexes (sequestered), zinc,
> manganese, iron, copper and cobalt, calcium iodate, taurine, sodium
> selenite, calcium carbonate, yucca shidigera extract, enterococcus
> faecium and lactobacillus acidophilus.
> It also says, "With certified organic chicken" on the bag. I shudder
>> to think what an inorganic chicken would be LOL
> Hugs
> Christopher
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