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ALPO Prime Cuts with Chicken & Wholesome Veggie Accents in Gravy

by Purina
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March 7, 2019
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ALPO Prime Cuts with Chicken is a lower quality dog food at a low price. This product has 3 controversial ingredients, which includes an artificial color. It has well-balanced amounts of protein, fat and carbs with meats and fats that are of mixed quality. Nestlé Purina, which owns the ALPO brand, has more than the average number of recalls. But on a good note, they were overall pretty transparent when answering our questions.

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TYPE
Wet Dog Food
PRICE
$
BREED SIZE
Small, Medium, Large Breeds
AGE
Adult
FEATURES
-
PACKAGE
13.2 oz, 9.9 lbs
MADE IN
United States
COMPANY
Nestle Purina PetCare

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Nutrition

Nutrition

This food has well-balanced amounts of protein, fat, and carbs. Diets that are high in protein and fat, with moderate to low carbs, are ideal for most dogs.

To evaluate dog foods, we first calculate out the moisture. This is called the “dry matter basis” and shows you only the solid ingredients in the food. These estimated “dry matter” numbers are different from the food label, but a better way to understand the real nutritional value of the food. We also calculate the carbs. Find out more

Label Claim

Dry Matter

Min. Protein 50.00%

Min. Fat 15.00%

Min. Carbs 25.00%

Max. Fiber 7.50%

Max. Ash 10.00%

Max. Moisture 0.00%

Label Claim

Food Label

Min. Protein: 10.0%

Min Fat: 3.0%

Min Carbs: N/A

Max Fiber: 1.5%

Max Ash: N/A

Max. Moisture: 80%

Calories

Calories

348 Calories per Can

This product has a slightly above average amount of calories for wet food. It’s important to understand how many calories you are feeding to prevent under or overfeeding. Based on your dog's current weight and activity level you may want to feed more or less than the recommended amount.

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Ingredients

Ingredients

Score
29%
33
Total Ingredients
3
Controversial Ingredients

Water sufficient for processing, chicken, turkey, liver, meat by-products, wheat gluten, soy flour, carrots, corn starch-modified, potatoes, green beans, Salt, tricalcium phosphate, MINERALS [potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide, Sodium Selenite], added color, choline chloride, VITAMINS [Vitamin E supplement, niacin (Vitamin B-3), thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), calcium pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 supplement, riboflavin supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin A supplement, folic acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 supplement, biotin (Vitamin B-7)].

The average dog food we reviewed has 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. This product has 3 total controversial ingredients and 2 of them are found in the first five ingredients. This is concerning because the first 5 ingredients make up most of the product.


Top 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients are listed in descending order of weight. So when looking at dog food label, take a close look at the first 5 ingredients. They typically make up about 80% of the total weight.


  • Water sufficient for processing
    This is just another name for water, which doesn't add nutrients to the food but is routinely used in dog food manufacturing (especially for canned foods). It's a standard dog food ingredient.
  • Chicken
    Chicken is a nutritious meat that provides protein, fat and other nutrients to dogs. Raw meat contains about 75% water which is cooked off during the making of dog food. This leaves only a fraction of the protein content in the final product's weight. We recommend looking for dog foods that also include meat meals in the first five ingredients (pre-cooked meat powder that contains four times the amount of protein). However, chicken is generally a healthy dog food ingredient.
  • Turkey
    Raw meat contains about 75% water which is cooked off during the making of dog food. This leaves only a fraction of the protein content in the final product's weight. We recommend looking for dog foods that also include meat meals in the first five ingredients (pre-cooked meat powder that contains four times the amount of protein). Turkey is generally a healthy dog food ingredient.

  • Liver
    While the liver is generally nutritious, this ingredient doesn't identify the species it comes from making it questionable and intransparent. This includes the potential that rancid, dead, dying, disabled or diseased meat sources could have been used. For that reason we do not consider this a high-quality ingredient.

  • Meat by-products
    Meat by-products are animal parts other than meat that are left over at the slaughterhouse. This can include the lung, spleen, brain, liver, blood, bone, beaks, kidneys, fatty tissue, and intestines. Because there is a wide variety of animal parts companies can use, and because details don't need to be disclosed, it's tough to compare the quality of different by-products. Generally speaking, by-products can provide important nutrients for dogs but can be of lower quality than meats and meat meals. Additionally, this ingredient doesn't identify the species it comes from making it questionable and intransparent. This includes the potential that rancid, dead, dying, disabled or diseased meat sources could have been used. For these reasons, we do not consider this a high-quality ingredient.

Controversial Ingredients

  1. Liver
  2. The liver is an organ that's rich in iron, copper, and vitamin A and B. Generally, the liver is a nutritious and healthy ingredient, but this ingredient doesn't identify the species it comes from making it questionable and intransparent. This includes the potential that rancid, dead, dying, disabled or diseased meat sources could have been used. For these reasons, it's controversial.
  1. Meat By-Products
  2. Meat by-products are animal parts other than meat that are left over at the slaughterhouse. This can include the lung, spleen, brain, liver, blood, bone, beaks, kidneys, fatty tissue, and intestines. Because there is a wide variety of animal parts companies can use, and because details don't need to be disclosed, it's tough to compare the quality of different by-products. Generally speaking, by-products can provide important nutrients for dogs but can be of lower quality than meats and meat meals. For these reasons, we do not consider this a high-quality ingredient.
  1. Added Color
  2. Added generically refers to synthetic dyes used to change the color of food, cosmetics and medications. In humans added colors can cause reactions that include headaches, asthma attacks, itching or hives, insomnia, and hyperactivity. What's most concerning is these ingredients are completely unnecessary, dogs simply don't care about the color of their food.

Country of Origin

ALPO Prime Cuts with Chicken is U.S. made. This is great, because the United states has high quality standards for dog food companies.


Meat & Fat Quality

ALPO Prime Cuts includes chicken and turkey, both of which clearly show us the species they come from. However, the food also has liver and  meat by-products - two much more intransparent ingredients, which don’t identify their animal source. Because there are no added oils in this product, the fat comes from the meat ingredients. Since the meat ingredients vary in quality, the fat likely does, too.


Artificial Preservatives

No controversial preservatives are used in this product, that’s excellent. It’s good to know that not all artificial preservatives are bad. That’s because they serve an important purpose, which is to prevent food from spoiling. However, we consider 11 artificial preservatives controversial because of their potential link to cancer and other serious health conditions. Again, none of these are in this food.


Artificial Colors

While it shines for skipping preservatives, ALPO Prime Cuts does have an artificial color on the ingredients list called “Added Color.”


Artificial Flavors

No artificial flavors are used in this dog food, that’s fantastic.

Recalls

Recalls

Score
65%
3
Brand Recalls

Purina has an above average number of recalls. Let’s take a look at its recent recall history:

Date:
3/9/2016
Recalled Products:
Beneful Prepared Meals Roasted Chicken Recipe canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with US UPC 17800-10764 and Canada UPC 55800 10554. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Beneful Prepared Meals Beef Stew canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with Canada UPC 55800 11651. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Beneful Chopped Blends 6-count variety pack containing wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs: 2 tubs lamb, 2 tubs chicken, and 2 tubs beef with UPC 17800 - 16627. Product is shipped in cases of 6 packs. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Beneful Chopped Blends Chicken and Liver canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with US UPC 17800-16960. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Beneful Prepared Meals 12-count variety pack containing wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs: 4 tubs savory rice and lamb stew, 4 tubs chicken stew, and 4 tubs beef stew with UPC 17800 - 16814. Product is shipped in cases of 12 packs. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. less... Beneful Chopped Blends Lamb canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with US UPC 17800-15498 and Canada UPC 55800-21238. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Beneful Prepared Meals 6-count variety pack containing wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs: 2 tubs savory rice and lamb stew, 2 tubs chicken stew, and 2 tubs beef stew with UPC 17800 - 15030. Product is shipped in cases of 6 packs. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. less... Beneful Prepared Meals Beef Stew canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with US UPC 17800-10965. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Beneful Chopped Blends Salmon canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with US UPC 17800-16962. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Beneful Prepared Meals Simmered Beef canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with Canada UPC 55800 11649. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Beneful Prepared Meals Simmered Beef Entree' canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with UPC 17800-10963. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Beneful Prepared Meals Roasted Turkey Medley canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with US UPC 17800-10968 and Canada UPC 55800-11562. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Beneful Chopped Blends Chicken canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with US UPC 17800-15496 and Canada UPC 55800-21254. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Beneful Prepared Meals Beef and Chicken Recipe canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with US UPC 17800-12859. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Beneful Chopped Blends Beef canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with US UPC 17800-15494. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Beneful Chopped Blends Turkey canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with US UPC 17800-16966. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Beneful Prepared Meals Chicken Stew canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with US UPC 17800-12861 and Canada UPC 55800-11564. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Beneful Prepared Meals Savory Rice and Lamb Stew canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with US UPC 17800-10967 and Canada UPC 55800 10556. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Beneful Prepared Meals Simmered Chicken Medley canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with US UPC 17800-10964 and Canada UPC 55800-10549. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Pro Plan Savory Meals braised beef canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with UPC 38100-16143. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Pro Plan Savory Meals grilled salmon canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with UPC 38100-16155. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Pro Plan Savory Meals braised pork canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with UPC 38100-16151. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Pro Plan Savory Meals braised turkey canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with UPC 38100-16147. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164. Pro Plan Savory Meals braised chicken canned wet dog food packaged in 10 oz. plastic tubs with UPC 38100-16148. Product is shipped 8 tubs per case. Manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164.
Cause:
Product may contain less vitamins and minerals than label purports.
Class:
II
FDA recalls use classes from I (most serious) to III (least serious).
Type:
Voluntary
Quantity:
945,493 total cases
Source
Date:
3/30/2007
Recalled Products:
Canned dog food with Best By date of Feb. 2009 in the following varieties and sizes: Alpo Prime Cuts Chicken & Rice, 22 oz cans, Alpo Lean Prime Cuts, 13.2 oz cans, Alpo Prime Cuts Beef, 13.2 oz cans; 22 oz cans and 4.95 lb can, Alpo Prime Cuts Beef & Liver, 13.2 oz cans and 22 oz cans, Alpo Prime Cuts Chicken, 13.2 oz cans and 22 oz cans, Alpo Prime Cuts Turkey Bacon, 13.2 oz cans, Alpo Prime Cuts Beef Stew, 13.2 oz cans and 22 oz cans, Alpo Prime Cuts Gourmet Dinner, 13.2 oz cans and 22 oz cans, Alpo Prime Cuts Beef Bacon Cheese, 13.2 oz cans, Alpo Prime Cuts London Grill, 13.2 oz cans and 22 oz cans, Alpo Prime Cuts Senior Beef & Rice, 13.2 oz cans, Alpo Prime Cuts/Entree Chicken Vegetable, 13.2 oz cans, Alpo Prime Cuts Beef & Rice, 13.2 oz cans and 22 oz cans, Alpo Prime Cuts Lamb & Rice, 13.2 oz cans and 22 oz cans, Alpo Prime Cuts Beef Vegetable, 13.2 oz cans, Alpo Prime Cuts Variety Pack, 12 count, 13.2 oz cans, Alpo Prime Cuts Variety Pack, 8 count, 22 oz cans, Alpo Prime Cuts Variety Pack, 24 count, 13.2 oz cans.
Cause:
Wheat gluten containing melamine.
Class:
I
FDA recalls use classes from I (most serious) to III (least serious).
Type:
N/A
Quantity:
N/A
Source
Date:
3/16/2007
Recalled Products:
5.3 oz. Mighty Dog pouch products (including multi-pack pouch products) manufactured from Dec. 3, 2006 through March 14, 2007, with a Product Code #6337 through #7073 and Plant Code #1798.
Cause:
Melamine.
Class:
I
FDA recalls use classes from I (most serious) to III (least serious).
Type:
N/A
Quantity:
N/A
Source
Transparency

Transparency

Score
72%

We love dog food brands that are committed to transparent business practices. If you make quality dog food you should be willing to openly talk about how it’s sourced and produced. That’s why we reached out to pet food companies, asking questions about all their brands and products. Each company had three weeks to reply to our messages.

How Easy Was it to Reach the Company?

ALPO is owned by the multinational company Nestlé Purina. It required two emails over two weeks to get the answers below. Like most large companies, many of the customer service answers will read like well crafted marketing messages.    

Does ALPO (Nestlé Purina) have a veterinary nutritionist on staff? If so, who are they?

At Nestlé Purina, we have over 500 nutritionists, veterinarians and scientists who work daily to formulate and make quality changes to our products. We also staff quality control specialists at all of our manufacturing plants that run over 100 quality and safety checks during the manufacturing of our formulas.

This lengthy answer did not answer the specific question that was asked. In addition, the names of the professionals could not be provided.  

Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?

(see the previous answers)

Do you test your products using AAFCO feeding trials? Why, or why not?

All of our products are manufactured following stringent guidelines approved by the USDA and AAFCO, and our Purina® Pro Plan® brand Pet Food products have undergone the AAFCO feeding studies for quality, safety, digestibility and palatability.

Since this representative is responding on behalf of a family of brands, they have referenced a few of the other brands that do the feeding trials, but was not explicitly clear on the specific ALPO brand.  

What country are your products manufactured?

The vast majority of our products are manufactured in the US, at Nestlé Purina owned facilities, with ingredients sourced from the US as well.

Vast majority does not mean “all” which is less clear than it could have been.  

Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?

Unfortunately, we do not offer public access to our manufacturing plants at this time, and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

What quality measures do you use to assure consistency and quality?

We also staff quality control specialists at all of our manufacturing plants that run over 100 quality and safety checks during the manufacturing of our formulas.

This is good, but not as not as clear as it could be.  

Does ALPO (Nestlé Purina) own its manufacturing facility? If it is another company, what company is it?

Yes.


Do any parts of your product come from China?

A very small number of ingredients are sourced from China, however, these are mainly vitamins and minerals, such as taurine and Vitamin B12, that are not readily available in the US in the quantities we need.

Sourcing quality ingredients at scale is a significant challenge that many large companies will cite. This means that companies like Nestlé who are supplying massive distribution channels will often use a variety of sourcing options, including China.

ALPO Prime Cuts with Chicken & Wholesome Veggie Accents in Gravy

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