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Nom Nom Now Sells to Mars Petcare – Reality about Pet Meals

The surprising announcement was printed in Bloomberg Information: “Mars to Purchase Pet-Meals Model Nom Nom in $1 Billion Deal.” A Mars Petcare consultant acknowledged “Nom Nom might be an autonomous model inside Mars’s Royal Canin division.”

$1 Billion?

The Bloomberg story acknowledged Mars is buying Nom Nom for $1 billion {dollars}. Nom Nom is a tiny firm – in comparison with Mars manufacturers. Nom Nom has ONLY 5 completely different pet meals merchandise, 4 pet food merchandise and one cat meals product.

A $1 billion greenback price ticket for less than 5 completely different varieties? Or is there extra to the acquisition?

Is the value tag Human Grade associated?

The Nom Nom Now web site statesWe solely use complete meals substances, processed within the USA and suitable for eating.” However…the Nom Nom web site doesn’t make clear if dietary supplements are human grade, or if manufacturing requirements meet human meals security necessities.

As a result of Nom Nom Now doesn’t make the Human Grade declare on their label, we will solely assume that the pet meals doesn’t absolutely meet the authorized necessities of a Human Grade pet meals. To be clear, for a pet meals to make the Human Grade declare on its label (or in advertising and marketing), rules require: 100% human edible substances, 100% human edible dietary supplements, and manufactured in a licensed human meals facility (below fixed USDA inspection). With pet meals rules, the Human Grade label declare is ‘all or nothing’. A pet meals should meet all the authorized necessities or they can’t declare Human Grade on their label.

Sadly for pet homeowners, the ONLY assure we’ve to high quality of substances in any pet meals is the complete requirement of Human Grade pet meals. When a pet meals is manufactured below fixed USDA inspection, we’re assured each ingredient and complement is human edible. The USDA inspector doesn’t enable any inedible ingredient on manufacturing premises.

When a pet meals is manufactured in a pet meals facility, there isn’t any authorized requirement for a USDA inspector to supervise the manufacturing course of or present us assurances all substances are Human Grade. The truth is, the FDA brazenly permits non-Human Grade pet meals to make the most of very inferior substances together with unlawful animal waste (diseased animals and/or animals which have died apart from by slaughter). Producers declare human grade substances on their web site or in correspondence to pet homeowners, however no regulatory authority validates these claims – they might be deceptive.

Equivalent to…Mars Petcare claims Cesar pet meals is a “gourmand moist pet food. Nevertheless, an inspection of a Mars Cesar manufacturing facility discovered the plant ‘failed’ to “decrease deterioration” of pet meals uncooked substances and paperwork confirmed the pet meals plant was infested with roaches within the meals manufacturing space. Is tens of millions of roaches and deterioration of substances truly ‘gourmand’?

Will Mars Petcare and their foyer group Pet Meals Institute affect adjustments within the present authorized requirements of Human Grade pet meals?

The authorized requirements of Human Grade pet meals have been in dialogue at AAFCO for the final couple of years. Extra dialogue is deliberate for the subsequent assembly occurring subsequent week in Cellular, AL. As the biggest producer of pet meals on this planet, Mars Petcare actually has affect with commerce associations and in flip affect with the regulatory authorities of AAFCO. We’ll proceed to observe what AAFCO does for Human Grade pet meals necessities, particularly now.

Will it matter to Pet House owners that Mars will personal Nom Nom?

Again in 2010, the Procter & Gamble firm bought Natura Pet Meals – on the time some of the revered pet meals within the US. Shoppers and retailers that trusted the Natura model because it started have been horrified and refused to buy or with retailers carry the product after the P&G buy. 4 years later, P&G offered Natura to Mars (in 2014) and at the moment the model doesn’t even exist.

Solely time will inform if pet homeowners will belief Nom Nom after the Mars buy or if historical past will repeat itself and the sale will destroy the model.

What do you assume?

In case you are a buyer of Nom Nom Now – will you proceed to buy the pet meals after the Mars buy of the corporate?

How a lot can Mars Petcare personal?

Per the Mars web site, the corporate owns (this isn’t an entire record):

  • Banfield Pet Hospitals
  • VCA Pet Hospitals
  • Blue Pearl Pet Hospitals
  • AniCura Pet Hospitals
  • Linneaus Pet Hospitals
  • VSH Pet Hospitals
  • Pedigree pet meals
  • Royal Canin pet meals
  • Whiskas pet meals
  • Iams pet meals
  • Nutro pet meals
  • Dreamies cat treats
  • Sheba cat meals
  • Cesar pet food
  • Temptations cat treats
  • Eukanuba pet meals
  • Greenies canine treats
  • Aquarian fish meals
  • API fish merchandise
  • Buckeye horse feed
  • Spillers horse feed
  • Winergy horse feed
  • WISDOM PANEL® Canine DNA Checks
  • WHISTLE pet monitoring system
  • Leap Enterprise Studio
  • Companion Fund
  • Kinship
  • WALTHAM Petcare Science Institute

When will we attain a degree of Mars Petcare proudly owning an excessive amount of of pet associated companies? Or have we handed that time?

Are pets put in jeopardy with one privately held firm proudly owning veterinary hospitals, veterinary labs, and a number of pet meals manufacturers?

Wishing you and your pet the perfect –

Susan Thixton
Pet Meals Security Advocate
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