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The TRUTH About Our Competition

Hidden ingredient sourcing from China is extremely common in the pet food industry. Every year there are multiple reports of unsafe synthetic additives, scary preservatives, and other potentially harmful garbage from China ending up in dog food in the United States. The reality of the dog food industry is that many brands that claim to be “premium” and state that they are "made in the U.S." are actually in no way safe from Chinese sourcing. If a company assembles a product or packages it within the U.S.A., even if every ingredient comes from a foreign country, they can legally label and distribute the product as Made in the U.S.A. We at Chestnut & Grace Gourmet Dog Food Company are angered and saddened by this practice. It is actually one of the main reasons we started this company! We use only the highest quality human-grade ingredients that are produced here in the United States. We focus on utilizing local and in season produce as much as possible. We believe in complete transparency. We want you to know exactly what is in the food you are feeding your dog, while our competitors are constantly trying to hide where they are sourcing their proteins, fillers, meat-meals, additives and preservatives. Equally as disturbing is the fact that many of these same brands actually do not perform any of the manufacturing of their own products, and while some tell the customers this up front, the majority do not. After a great deal of research we still have no idea where and by who some of these brands are manufactured. The following is a list of our findings about our competitors, organized by brand from A-Z. This is only our opinions based on the information we were able to ascertain.

Artemis: Is made by Diamond Foods, they are one of the most frequently recalled companies in the industry. The majority of their recipes have a first ingredient of some sort of ‘meat-meal’ and the second ingredient is corn. Corn is very difficult for a dog to metabolize and contains very little nutrition for dogs.

Azmira: The majority of their recipes contain menadione. Menadione is a synthetic form of vitamin K. In human studies, menadione has been shown to increase allergic reactions, weaken the immune system, induce hemolytic anemia (red blood cell toxicity), and cause toxic reactions in liver cells. Menadione has been shown to be toxic to human kidneys, lungs, liver and mucous membranes. If it is this dangerous for humans how can they possibly assume it is safe for dogs? They also refuse to reveal where and by whom they are manufactured.

Before Grain: Is manufactured by Merrick Foods. Merrick is connected to multiple recalls across a wide number of brand names they produce. 

BilJac: The primary ingredient in most of their products is some variety of meat by-products and they also use product meal.

Blue Buffalo: Blue Buffalo is plagued by frequent recalls and is currently at the center of a major Truth in Labeling lawsuit.

California Natural: Is produced by Natura foods. The Natura brand has been sold to Proctor & Gamble and recently lost a class action suit over the fact that they were labeling their products as containing human grade ingredients when in fact the ingredients were NOT human grade and the company was well aware of this.

Canidae: This is another label that is manufactured by Diamond Foods. Diamond Foods is tied to multiple recalls across many brands including Canidae and they are known to use sub-par ingredients.

Castor and Pollux: This brand has been sold to Merrick and is now being produced by them. Merrick is connected to multiple recalls across a wide number of brand names they produce. 

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul: This entire line is manufactured by Diamond Foods. Diamond Foods is tied to multiple recalls across many brands.

Dogswell Treats: These ‘treats’ are manufactured in China, they have been recalled multiple times.

Eagle Pack: Their formulas contain a very high amount of grain, which is not a healthy diet for most dogs. Also, they are owned by Wellness. Wellness is an umbrella brand for many other labels, but at the same time all of these brands are manufactured by Diamond Foods. Diamond Foods is tied to multiple recalls across many brands.

Eukanuba: Eukanuba has experienced multiple recalls. The majority of their recipes have a first ingredient of some sort of ‘meat-meal’ and the second ingredient is corn. Corn is very difficult for a dog to metabolize and contains very little nutrition for dogs.

Evangers: This is probably the worst brand we have come across. The FDA actually had to prevent them from shipping across state lines in 2009. Their food has been tested to NOT contain the protein that is labeled on the package.  The owners of the company are again in court, this time for embezzlement and stealing from a utility.

Evo: This brand is manufactured by Natura Foods. The Natura brand has been sold to Proctor & Gamble and recently lost a class action suit over the fact that they were labeling their products as containing human grade ingredients when in fact the ingredients were NOT human grade and the company was well aware of this. 

Halo: Halo is co-owned by Ellen DeGeneres, who we love, however, the Halo company has been very deceptive in their response to questions about their operations. They have repeatedly refused to disclose who manufactures Halo. At one point they claimed it was Fromm. However, Fromm does not manufacture or pack for anyone. Fromm has completely denied that they produce Halo.

Hill’s Prescription Diets: This brand has been faced with multiple recalls. Their formulas contain multiple sub-par ingredients, too much corn and other fillers, very low quality proteins, almost all by-products, overall it is a low quality food that many dogs simply refuse to eat.

Holistic Select: This is another brand manufactured by Wellness. Wellness is another brand under the Diamond umbrella.  Diamond Foods is tied to multiple recalls across many brands including Holistic Select.

Iams: Iams sells an enormous variety of different dog products, all have experienced multiple recalls. Their products contain a wide variety of by-products. Not to mention that their food knowingly contains multiple ingredients from China.

Innova: This is yet another brand that has sold out to Procter & Gamble.  They are manufactured by Natura and recently lost a class action suit over the fact that they were labeling their products as containing human grade ingredients when in fact the ingredients were NOT human grade and the company was well aware of this.

Karma: Is just another label released by the Natura company, they are now owned by Procter & Gamble and recently lost a class action law suit because they were labeling their products as containing human grade ingredients when in fact the ingredients were NOT human grade and the company was well aware of this. 

Merrick: Merrick manufactures a number of different brand names and has been involved in multiple recalls.

Natura Foods: This brand manufactures many other brands including: Evo, California Natural, Innova and many others. They are now owned by Procter & Gamble. They recently lost a class action suit because they were labeling their products as containing human grade ingredients when in fact the ingredients were NOT human grade and the company was well aware of this. 

Natural Balance: Is another brand manufactured by Diamond Foods. Diamond Foods is tied to multiple recalls across many brands including Natural Balance. 

Nature’s Recipe: Their food contains animal digest and menadione. Animal Digest is a material which “results from chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed animal tissue. The animal tissues used shall be exclusive of hair, horns, teeth, hooves and feathers, except in such trace amounts as might occur unavoidably in good factory practice and shall be suitable for animal feed. If it bears a name descriptive of its kind or flavor(s), it must correspond thereto.” When it comes to these animal digests and the ‘broths’ made from said trash meats, the animals used “can be obtained from any source, so there is no control over quality or contamination. Any kind of animal can be included: 4-D animals (dead, diseased, disabled, or dying prior to slaughter), goats, pigs, horses, rats, misc. roadkill, animals euthanized at shelters, restaurant and supermarket refuse and so on.” This is legal and common practice. Nature’s Recipe also uses menadione. Menadione is a synthetic form of vitamin K. In human studies, menadione has been shown to increase allergic reactions, weaken the immune system, induce hemolytic anemia (red blood cell toxicity), and cause toxic reactions in liver cells. Menadione has been shown to be toxic to human kidneys, lungs, liver and mucous membranes.

Nature's Variety: This brand has had multiple recalls over the past five years for a variety of different reasons.

Nutro: Is known to contain menadione. Menadione is a synthetic form of vitamin K. In human studies, menadione has been shown to increase allergic reactions, weaken the immune system, induce hemolytic anemia (red blood cell toxicity), and cause toxic reactions in liver cells. Menadione has been shown to be toxic to human kidneys, lungs, liver and mucous membranes.

Royal Canin: Is known to contain low quality proteins and a LOT of fillers

Science Diet: This brand has been faced with multiple recalls. Their formulas contain multiple sub-par ingredients, too much corn and other fillers, very low quality proteins, almost all by-products, overall it is a low quality food that many dogs simply refuse to eat.

Solid Gold: Is yet another brand that is manufactured by Diamond Foods. Diamond Foods is tied to multiple recalls across many brands including the Solid Gold Label.

Taste of the Wild: This brand was in fact involved in the Diamond Pet food recall of 2012. The company has claimed that Taste of the Wild is produced in a different ‘facility’ than other Diamond products. But somehow the two brands are manufactured in the same plant.

Wellness:  Wellness is yet another brand under the Diamond umbrella.  Diamond Foods is tied to multiple recalls across many brands.  The Wellness brand was included in the 2012 Diamond recall.

Whole Paws Dog Food at Whole Foods: Whole Foods refuses to reveal where their ingredients are sourced or who manufactures/sources their food.

 Zukes: Unfortunately in January of 2014 Zukes was purchased by Nestle Purina.