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Offline Tamara

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Food Grading System
« on: January 16, 2005, 03:45:35 PM »
This food grading system was devised by one of the members of a great dane forum that I belong to.  She spent quite a bit of time on this and this is actually now a revised edition.  I think she did a really good job on this and with the recent discussion of what dog food is being fed I thought some of you may appreciate this as another way to evaluate dog foods and understand what ingredients are good and which are bad.  Here goes:

Start with a grade of 100:

For every listing of "by-product", subtract 15 points

For every non-specific animal source ("meat" or "poultry", meat, meal or fat) reference, subtract 10 points

If there are no specific meats or meat meals, subtract 15 points

For every grain "mill run" or non-specific grain source, or grain "middlings", subtract 10 points

If the food contains BHA, BHT or ethoxyquin, subtract 15 points

If the same grain ingredients is used 2 or more times in the first 5 ingredients (ie. "ground brown rice", "brewer's rice", "rice flour" are all the same grain), subtract 5 points for each occurence

If protein sources are not (specific) meat meal and there are less than 2 meats in the top 3 ingredients, subtract 3 points

If it contain any artificial colorants, subtract 5 points

If it contains ground corn or whole grain corn, subtract 3 points (subtract 5 if corn is listed in the top 5 ingredients)

If the food contains any animal fat other than fish oil, subtract 3 points

If lamb is the only protein source (unless your dog is allergic to other protein sources), subtract 2 points

If it contains soy or soybeans, subtract 5 points

If it contains wheat (unless you know that your dog is not allergic to wheat), subtract 2 points

If it contains beef (unless you know that your dog is not allergic to beef), subtract 1 point

If it contains salt, subtract 3 points

If it contains corn syrup, molasses or other added sweetener, subtract 10 points

Extra credit:

For every different specific animal protein source other than the first one (count "chicken" and "chicken meal" as only one protein source, but "chicken" and "turkey" as 2 different sources - do not count egg, cheese or other similar ingredients) add 1 point

If the food contains 3 or less different mentions of grains (or other high-carb, plant-based foods like potatoes) add 5 points

If any of the meat sources are organic, add 5 points (if the #1 ingredients is organic meat, add 10 points)

If animal sources are hormone free and antibiotic free, add 3 points

If the food is baked not extruded, add 5 points

If food contains probiotics, add 3 points

If the food contains fruits or vegetables (NOT corn or other grains) add 3 points

If vegetables have been tested for pesticides and are pesticide free, add 1 point

If food contains barley, oats or oatmeal, add 1 point

If food contains sunflower, hemp, flaxseed or other polyunsaturated vegetable oils, add 3 points (add 5 if it is the #1 fat)

If the vitamin and mineral sources are chelated, add 5 points

94 - 100+ = A
86 - 93 = B
78 - 85 = C
70 - 77 = D
< 70 = F