Pet Food Project Summary

Scope

Clean Label Project™ completed a study of over 900 pet food products from 71 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. The analysis also includes a review of protein, fiber, fat, and ingredient label transparency.

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.

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.

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 10 & BOTTOM 10 PRODUCTS

Dry Dog Food

Printable PDF Shopping List

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

  1. SmallBatch Pets Frozen Turkey Batch Sliders Dry Dog Food
  2. Sojos Raw Made Easy Complete Turkey Recipe
  3.       Sojos Wild Wild Boar Recipe Dry Dog Food
  4. Stella & Chewy’s Freeze Dried Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Patties
  5. SmallBatch Pets Freeze Dried Raw Duck Batch Dry Dog Food
  6. The Honest Kitchen Grain Free Preference Base Mix Dry Dog Food
  7. Sojos Raw Made Easy Pre-Mix Original Recipe Dry Dog Food
  8.     Eagle Pack Lage and Giant Breeds Natural Dry Dog Food
  9. Stella & Chewy’s Freeze Dried Dandy Lamb Dinner Patties Dry Dog Food
  10. Stella & Chewy’s Freeze Dried Simply Venison Dinner Patties

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

  1. The Honest Kitchen Grain Free Zeal Fish Recipe Dry Dog Food
  2. Diamond Grain Free Care Sensitive Stomach Formula Dry Dog Food
  3.       Acana Regionals Wild Atlantic New England Fish and Fresh Greens Dry Dog Food
  4. Orijen Six Fish With New England Mackerel, Herring, Flounder, Redfish, Monkfish, Silver Hake Dry Dog Food
  5. Orijen Six Fish Wild-Caught Regional Saltwater and Freshwater Fish Dry Dog Food
  6. Orijen Tundra Goat, Venison, Mutton, Bison, Arctic Char, Rabbit Dry Dog Food
  7. Earthborn Holistic Grain Free Ocean Fusion Dry Dog Food
  8.       Acana Singles Mackerel and Greens Formula Dry Dog Food
  9. TimberWolf Grain Free Legends Dakota Bison and Buffalo Meal with Herbs and Berries Dry Dog Food
  10. Holistic Select Grain Free Adult & Puppy Health Salmon and Anchovy and Sardine Meal Recipe Dry Dog Food
Wet Dog Food

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

  1.        Stella & Chewy’s Frozen Chewy’s Chicken Dinner Patties Wet Dog Food
  2.       SmallBatch Pets Frozen Chicken Batch Sliders Wet Dog Food
  3. SmallBatch Pets Frozen Duck Batch Sliders Wet Dog Food
  4.        Wellness Grain Free Ninety-Five Percent Beef Wet Dog Food
  5. Dog for Dog Grain Free Duck-a-Luck Duck and Vegetable Recipe Wet Dog Food
  6. Stella & Chewy’s Frozen Duck Duck Goose Dinner Patties Wet Dog Food
  7.           Stella & Chewy’s Frozen Tantalizing Turkey Dinner Patties Wet Dog Food
  8. Wellness Grain Free Chicken Stew with Peas and Carrots Wet Dog Food
  9. Nutro Puppy Tender Chicken & Rice Recipe Large Breed Wet Dog Food
  10. I and Love and You Cluckin’ Good Stew Chicken Morsels in a Savory Veggie Stew Wet Dog Food

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

  1. Wellness Grain Free, Limited Ingredient Diet Simple Whitefish and Potato Formula Wet Dog Food
  2. Wellness Whitefish and Sweet Potato Formula Wet Dog Food
  3. Nature’s Logic Grain Free Canine Duck and Salmon Dinner Fare Wet Dog Food
  4. Nature’s Logic Grain Free Canine Venison Dinner Fare Wet Dog Food
  5. Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Grain Free, Limited Ingredient Diet Duck and Potato Formula Wet Dog Food
  6. Wellness Grain Free Core Whitefish, Salmon, and Herring Formula Wet Dog Food
  7. Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Vegetarian Formula with Brown Rice, Cracked Barley, Oatmeal, and Fresh Carrots Wet Dog Food
  8. Nature’s Logic Grain Free Canine Lamb Dinner Fare Wet Dog Food
  9. Dog for Dog Grain Free Salmon-Bo-Bammin Salmon & Vegetables Recipe Wet Dog Food
  10. Nulo Grain Free Medal Series Salmon and Chickpea Recipe Wet Dog Food
Dog Treats

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

  1. The Honest Kitchen Joyful Jerky Filets Chicken Dog Treats
  2. Full Moon Chicken Jerky Dog Treats
  3. Full Moon Chicken Strips
  4. The Honest Kitchen Joyful Jerky Bites Beef Dog Treats
  5. SmallBatch Pets Beef Hearts Dog Treats
  6. Smart Bones Vegetable & Chicken Chews Mini Dental
  7. Dogswell Nutrisca Solos Chicken Breast Dog Treats
  8. Dogswell Vitality Chicken Breast Jerky Dog Treats
  9. SmallBatch Pets Lamb Hearts Dog Treats
  10.       Sojos Simply Lamb Dog Treats

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

  1. The Honest Kitchen Nice Mussels Blue and Green Mussels Dog Treats
  2. The Honest Kitchen Perfect Form Herbal Supplement
  3. The Honest Kitchen Quickies Icelandic Haddock Treat Dog Treats
  4.       Open Farm Cod Skins Dog Treats
  5. Henne Pet Food Grain Free Lakse Kronch 100% Fresh Salmon Dog Treats
  6. Fromm Grain Free Chicken and Peas and Carrots Recipe Dog Treats
  7. TruDog Treat Me Savory Salmon Diced Delight Dog Treats
  8.         Old Mother Hubbard Bac’N’Cheez Mini with Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, Apples, and Carrots Dog Treats
  9. TruDog Treat Me Surf and Turf Diced Delight Dog Treats
  10.  Purina Alpo Variety Snaps Little Bits Dog Treats
Dry Cat Food

Printable PDF Shopping List

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

  1. The Honest Kitchen Grace Turkey Recipe Dry Cat Food
  2. Canidae Life Stages Chicken Meal and Rice Formula Dry Cat Food
  3. Wellness Trufood Indoor Chicken, Chickpeas & Chicken Liver Recipe Dry Cat Food
  4. Solid Gold Grain Free Indigo Moon Chicken and Egg Dry Cat Food
  5. Fromm Gold Kitten Dry Cat Food
  6. Fromm Gold Adult Dry Cat Food
  7. Premium Edge Kitten Chicken, Salmon Meal, and Vegetable Formula Dry Cat Food
  8. Eagle Pack Original Dry Cat Food
  9. The Honest Kitchen Prowl Chicken Recipe Dry Cat Food
  10. Canidae Grain Free Under the Sun Adult With Turkey Dry Cat Food

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

  1. Purina Fancy Feast With Ocean Fish and Salmon and Accents of Garden Greens Dry Cat Food
  2. Orijen Six Fish New England Mackerel, Herring, Flounder, Redfish, Monkfish, Silver Hake Dry Cat Food
  3. Acana Regionals Wild Atlantic New England Fish and Fresh Greens Dry Cat Food
  4. OpenFarm Grain Free Whitefish Recipe Dry Cat Food
  5. Nature’s Logic Feline Sardine Meal Feast
  6.      Acana Regionals Pacifica with Herring, Pilchard, Flounder, Hake & Rockfish Dry Cat Food
  7. Wellness Grain Free Core Kitten Formula Dry Cat Food
  8. Fromm Salmon a la Veg Dry Cat Food
  9. Wellness Grain Free Core Original Formula Dry Cat Food
  10. Wellness Complete Health Indoor Health Salmon & Whitefish Meal Recipe Dry Cat Food
Wet Cat Food

Printable PDF Shopping List

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

  1. Wellness Grain Free Minced Turkey Entree Wet Cat Food
  2. Wellness Grain Free Morsels Chicken and Turkey in Savory Sauce Wet Cat Food
  3. Wellness Grain Free Signature Selects Chunky Turkey and Boneless Chicken Entree Wet Cat Food
  4. Wellness Grain Free Chicken Formula Wet Cat Food
  5. Wellness Grain Free Signature Selects Shredded Boneless Chicken and Turkey Entree Wet Cat Food
  6. Wellness Grain Free Core Hearty Cuts Indoor Shredded Chicken and Turkey Recipe Wet Cat Food
  7. Wellness Grain Free Beef and Chicken Formula Wet Cat Food
  8. Nulo Grain Free Chicken and Herring Recipe Wet Cat Food
  9. Chicken Soup for the Soul Chicken Stew with Sweet Potatoes and Spinach Wet Cat Food
  10. Nutro Grain Free Soft Loaf Chicken Recipe Wet Cat Food

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

  1. Wellness Grain Free Divine Duos With Chicken Pate and Diced Turkey Wet Cat Food
  2. Solid Gold Blended Tuna Recipe in Gravy Wet Cat Food
  3. Blue Buffalo Pate Healthy Gourmet Ocean Fish & Tuna Recipe Wet Cat Food
  4. Solid Gold Mackerel and Tuna Recipe in Gravy Wet Cat Food
  5. Purina Fancy Feast Flaked Fish and Shrimp Feast Wet Cat Food
  6. Wellness Grain Free Signature Selects Flaked Skipjack Tuna with Shrimp Entree Wet Cat Food
  7. Solid Gold Sea Bream and Tuna Recipe in Gravy Wet Cat Food
  8. Purina Fancy Feast Classic Cod, Sole, Shrimp Feast Wet Cat Food
  9. Nutro Grain Free Soft Loaf Cod and Catfish Recipe Wet Cat Food
  10. Hill’s Science Diet Adult 1-6 Tender Tuna Dinner Wet Cat Food
Cat Treats

Printable PDF Shopping List

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

  1. Three Dog Bakery We Pity the Kitties Premium Chicken Cat Treats
  2. Orijen Wild Boar Natural Wild Boar Cat Treats
  3. Pounce Seafood Medley Cat Treats
  4. Purina Whisker Lickin’s Chicken Flavor Cat Treats
  5. Purina Whisker Lickin’s Salmon Flavor Cat Treats
  6.      Whiskas Temptations Blissful Catnip Flavor Cat Treats
  7. Purina Friskies Party Mix California Dreamin’ Chicken, Turkey and Bacon Flavors Cat Treats
  8.       Orijen Alberta Lamb Natural Lamb Cat Treats
  9.     Halo Mix’n-Mores For Cats Cage-Free Chicken Recipe Cat Treats
  10. Orijen Original With Cage-Free Chicken, Turkey, Wild-Caught Flounder Cat Treats

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

  1. Three Dog Bakery We Pity the Kitties Alaskan Salmon Cat Treats
  2. Meow Mix Irresistibles Crunch Salmon and Ocean Whitefish Flavor
  3. Meow Mix Irresistibles Crunchy Chicken Flavor Cat Treats
  4. Feline Greenies Smartbites Hairball Control Chicken Flavor Cat Treats
  5. Purina Friskies Party Mix Beachside Shrimp, Crab & Tuna Flavors
  6. Meow Mix Irresistibles Soft Salmon
  7. Purina Friskies Party Mix Treasure Island Salmon, Shrimp and Tuna Flavors
  8. Purina Friskies Party Mix Original Chicken, Liver and Turkey Flavors
  9. Feline Greenies Savory Salmon Flavor Cat Treats
  10.     Purina Friskies Party Mix Cheezy Craze Crunch Cheddar, Swiss and Monterey Jack Flavors Cat Treats
All Dog & Cat Food Brands Tested

9 Lives, Acana, American Farms, Artemis, Authority, Bil-Jac, Blue Dog Bakery, Canidae, Canine Carry Outs, Catswell, Cesar, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Country Value, Diamond, Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance, Dingo, Dogswell, Eagle Pack, Earthborn Holistic, Feline Holistic Select, Freshpet, Fromm, Full Moon, Goodlife, Gravy Train, Greenies, Halo, Henne Pet Food, Hill’s Science Diet, Hi-Tek Rations, Holistic Select, I and Love and You, Iams, Kibbles ‘n Bits, Lotus, Meaty Bone, Meow Mix, Milk-Bone, Milo’s Kitchen, Nature’s Logic, Nature’s Variety, Newman’s Own, Nudges, Nulo, Nunn-Better, NutriSource, Nutro, Old Mother Hubbard, Open Farm, Orijen, Pedigree, Petcurean, Pounce, Premium Edge, Primal Pet Foods, Professional +, Pup-Peroni, Purina, Rachael Ray Nutrish, SmallBatch Pets, SmartBones, Snausages, Sojos, Solid Gold, Stella & Chewy’s, The Honest Kitchen, Three Dog Bakery, TimberWolf, TruDog, Wellness, Whiskas

*Top 10 & Bottom 10 updated 4/24/2017

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