Pet Food Project Summary

Scope

Clean Label Project™ completed a study of 1,084 pet food products from 80 brands. Products were screened for over 130 toxins including heavy metals, BPA, pesticides and other contaminants with links to cancer and other health conditions in both humans and animals.

Products

Clean Label Project had the top selling dog and cat food products tested—both wet and dry—and dog and cat treats, as reported by Nielsen for 2016. In September 2017, the Clean Label Project expanded the study to include leading private label brands and additional brands based on consumer requests.

Results

Every product tested is displayed in the product ratings with a rating of one, three or five stars so you can look up the products you purchase—and make informed future purchasing decisions based on science rather than marketing terms and manufacturer supplied data. Every brand is then rated so you can know the overall brand quality based on the products tested compared to other brands.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO

  1. Demand better! Sign our petition to demand transparency in labeling from the FDA
  2. Be a Conscious Consumer! Research the products you buy on cleanlabelproject.org and share our “shopping lists” with friends and family. And look for a Clean Label Project certification emblem on products you purchase.
  3. Sign up! Join Clean Label Project’s email list to be the first to receive new product ratings and other valuable information—which will help you choose clean products.
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  5. Support Our Work! Make a tax-deductible donation that will allow us to continue our fight for cleaner products and transparency in labeling.
  6. Speak to your veterinarian! If you are concerned about your pets exposure to toxins and contaminants, your veterinarian may run a complete blood count and chemistry panel to assess overall organ function and blood counts.

TOP 5 & BOTTOM 5 PRODUCTS

Dry Dog Food

Printable PDF Shopping List

Top Five: Out of 299 dry dog foods tested, the top five, on average, contain the least amount of harmful environmental and industrial contaminants and toxins.

1. TruDog Feed Me Crunch Munchy Gourmet Gobbler

2. Great Life Grain & Potato Free Chicken

3. Canidae Grain Free Under the Sun Adult With Chicken  

4. Eagle Pack Large and Giant Breeds Natural

5. Purina Puppy Chow Tender & Crunchy

Bottom Five: Out of 299 dry dog foods tested, the bottom five, on average, contain the highest amount of harmful environmental and industrial contaminants and toxins.

1. Holistic Select Grain Free Adult & Puppy Health Salmon and Anchovy and Sardine Meal Recipe

2. Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Ocean Fusion

3. TimberWolf Grain Free Legends Lamb and Herring with Apples and Herbs

4. Simple Nourish Limited Ingredient Diet Sweet Potato & Salmon Recipe

5. TimberWolf Grain Free Legends Black Forest Venison and Lamb with Herbs and Berries

Wet Dog Food

Printable PDF Shopping List

Top Five: Out of 135 wet dog foods tested, the top five, on average, contain the least amount of harmful environmental and industrial contaminants and toxins.

1. Stella & Chewy’s  Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Patties

2. Whole Paws Grain Free Turkey & Sweet Potato Stew

3. Simply Nourish Grain Free Beef Pot Roast Dinner

4. Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Grain Free, Limited Ingredient Diet Chicken and Sweet Potato Formula in Broth Shreds

5. Simply Nourish Grain Free Turkey & Duck Stew

 

 

Bottom Five: Out of 135 wet dog foods tested, the bottom five, on average, contain the highest amount of harmful environmental and industrial contaminants and toxins.

 

1. Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Grain Free, Limited Ingredient Diet Sweet Potato and Fish Formula

2. Solid Gold Hund-N-Flocken Lamb, Brown Rice & Barley Recipe

3. Wellness Grain Free, Limited Ingredient Diet Simple Whitefish and Potato Formula


4. Sojos Wild Free Range Venison Recipe

5. Wellness Whitefish and Sweet Potato

Dog Treats

Printable PDF Shopping List

Top Five: Out of 220 dog treats tested, the top five, on average, contain the least amount of harmful environmental and industrial contaminants and toxins.

1. Dogswell Nutrisca Solos Chicken Breast

2.The Honest Kitchen Instant Goats Milk

3. Trader Joe’s Smoked Chicken Tender

4. The Honest Kitchen Joyful Jerky Filets Chicken

 5. Full Moon Chicken Strips

Bottom Five: Out of 220 dog treats tested, the bottom five, on average, contain the highest amount of harmful environmental and industrial contaminants and toxins.

1. Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Treats Sweet Potato and Fish Formula

2. Hi Tek Rations Naturals Peanut Butter Flavor

3. Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Treats Small Breed Brown Rice and Lamb Meal Formula

4. Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Treats Sweet Potato and Chicken Formula

5. Iams Proactive Health Small Biscuits with Natural Chicken Flavor

Dry Cat Food

Printable PDF Shopping List

Top Five: Out of 120 dry cat foods tested, the top five, on average, contain the least amount of harmful environmental and industrial contaminants and toxins.

1. Purina Beyond Simply White Meat Chicken and Whole Oat Recipe

2. Canidae Grain Free Under the Sun Indoor With Chicken

3. Meow Mix Tender Centers Salmon and White Meat Chicken

4. Purina Grain Free Beyond White Meat Chicken and Egg Recipe

5. 9 Lives Daily Essentials Chicken, Beef, and Salmon

Bottom Five: Out of 120 dry cat foods tested, the bottom five, on average, contain the highest amount of harmful environmental and industrial contaminants and toxins.

1. Taste of the Wild Grain Free Canyon River Feline Formula Trout and Smoked Salmon

2. Nature’s Logic Feline Sardine Meal Feast

3. Wellness Complete Health Indoor Health Salmon & Whitefish Meal Recipe

4. Wellness Grain Free Core Original Formula

5. Orijen Regional Red Angus Beef, Wild Boar, Goat, Lamb, Pork, Mackerel

Wet Cat Food

Printable PDF Shopping List

Top Five: Out of 131 wet cat foods tested, the top five, on average, contain the least amount of harmful environmental and industrial contaminants and toxins.

1. Whole Paws Grain Free Turkey, Chicken & Giblets Dinner

2. Purina Friskies Savory Shreds Turkey and Cheese Dinner in Gravy

3. Whole Paws Grain Free Beef & Chicken Dinner

4. Purina Friskies Indoor Homestyle Turkey Dinner with Garden Greens

5. Whiskas Purrfectly Chicken

 

Bottom Five: Out of 120 wet cat foods tested, the top five, on average, contain the highest amount of harmful environmental and industrial contaminants and toxins.

1. Purina Fancy Feast Flaked Tuna Feast

 

2. Purina Fancy Feast Delights Grilled Tuna and Cheddar Cheese Feast

3. Blue Buffalo Pate Healthy Gourmet Ocean Fish & Tuna Recipe 

4. Hill’s Science Diet Adult 1-6 Tender Tuna Dinner

5. B.F.F. Valentine Tuna & Pumpkin Recipe in Gravy

Cat Treats

Printable PDF Shopping List

Top Five: Out of 47 cat treats tested, the top five, on average, contain the least amount of harmful environmental and industrial contaminants and toxins.

1. Three Dog Bakery We Pity the Kitties Premium Chicken

2. Pet Pride Growth & Maintenance Chicken Dinner in Gravy

3. Pet Pride Growth & Maintenance Turkey & Gravy Giblets in Gravy

4. Orijen Wild Boar Natural Wild Boar

5. Pet Pride Growth & Maintenance Beef in Gravy

 

Bottom Five: Out of 47 cat treats tested, the bottom five, on average, contain the highest amount of harmful environmental and industrial contaminants and toxins.

 

1. Feline Greenies Savory Salmon Flavor

2. Meow Mix Irresistibles Crunch Salmon and Ocean Whitefish Flavor

3. Purina Friskies Party Mix Original Chicken, Liver and Turkey Flavors

4. Purina Friskies Party Mix Treasure Island Salmon, Shrimp and Tuna Flavors

5. Purina Friskies Party Mix Beachside Shrimp, Crab & Tuna Flavors

All Dog & Cat Food Brands Tested

9 Lives, Acana, American Journey, Artemis, Authority, AvoDerm, B.F.F., Bil-Jac, Blue Buffalo, Buckley, Canidae, Canine Carry Outs, Castor & Pollux, Cesar, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance, Dog for Dog, Dogswell, Eagle Pack, Earthborn Holistic, Freshpet, Fromm, Full Moon, Great Life, Greenies, Halo, Hill’s Science Diet, Hi-Tek Rations, Holistic Select, I and Love and You, Iams, Kibbles ‘n Bits, Kirkland, Lotus, Meow Mix, Merrick, Milk-Bone, Milo’s Kitchen, Natural Planet, Nature’s Logic, Nature’s Variety, Nudges, Nulo, Nunn-Better, NutriSource, Nutro, Ol’ Roy, Old Mother Hubbard, Only Natural Pet, Open Farm, Orijen, Pet Pride, Petcurean, Premium Edge, Primal Pet Foods, Pup-Peroni, Purina, Rachael Ray Nutrish, Royal Canin, Simply Nourish, SmallBatch Pets, SmartBones, Snausages, Sojos, Solid Gold, Special Kitty, Stella & Chewy’s, Taste of the Wild, The Honest Kitchen, Three Dog Bakery, TimberWolf, Trader Joe’s, TruDog, Wellness, Wet Noses, Whiskas, Whole Paws

*Top 5 & Bottom 5 updated 9/14/2017

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