2023 Author: Alex Livingston | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 11:39
Unfortunately, the pet food sector is not subjected to the same controls and criteria used for that of human nutrition: a Report investigation conducted by Sabrina Giannini has shown how more and more companies that produce food for animals use harmful substances to keep food fresh and inviting while also containing costs. Among these substances are i preservatives they chemical antioxidants. Let's analyze them carefully, examining the risks which involve the health of the our cat.
Preservatives are used to keep food fresh as long as possible. However, this can be harmful to health, depending on the specific type of preservative used. In the course of several laboratory studies it has been widely demonstrated that some chemical preservatives are dangerous to health, and that the risk further increases if they are consumed on a regular basis over time.
Some of these, such as the Ethoxyquin (E324), have been legal for many years only to be removed from the list of authorized additives in many countries, as unsafe. Ethoxyquin in particular, even born as a herbicide, has been linked to the onset of tumors and DNA damage.
There are, however, other substances such as BHA and the BHT (butylhydroxyanisole and butylhydroxytoluene): these are additives with the function of antioxidants, which precisely prevent oxidation and degeneration of food over time. Despite having been declared potentially carcinogenic in 1987, they are still authorized in the European Union if used within certain safety limits.
Unfortunately, as already mentioned, controls move slowly and often ineffectively in the animal feed sector; sometimes only short-term health risks are considered at the expense of long-term ones. It is therefore up to us to keep ourselves informed e check the ingredients carefully of each product we choose for our cat.
If finding your way in this sector full of pitfalls and risks can be complicated, we would like to recommend the brand Firstmate: this is Canadian food produced using only high quality ingredients, free of chemical preservatives but 100% natural, which do not pose any health risk to our four-legged friends.
For any information about it you can consult this page.
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