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Eukanuba Premium Performance 30/20 Adult Dry Dog Food

by Eukanuba
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March 7, 2019
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Eukanuba Premium Performance 30/20 Adult is a low-priced dry dog food with overall lower quality. This product has 5 controversial ingredients, including an artificial flavor. The food has a relatively well-balanced amounts of protein, fat and carbs but mixed meat and fat quality. Eukanuba has an above-average number of recalls. However, the company was very open when answering our transparency questions.

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TYPE
Dry Dog Food
PRICE
$
BREED SIZE
Small, Medium, Large Breeds
AGE
Adult
FEATURES
-
PACKAGE
29 lbs
MADE IN
United States
COMPANY
Mars, Inc.

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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 33.33%

Min. Fat 22.22%

Min. Carbs 36.67%

Max. Fiber 4.44%

Max. Ash 7.78%

Max. Moisture 0.00%

Label Claim

Food Label

Min. Protein: 30.0%

Min Fat: 20.0%

Min Carbs: N/A

Max Fiber: 4.0%

Max Ash: N/A

Max. Moisture: 10.0%

Calories

Calories

380 Calories per Cup

This product has an average amount of calories. It’s important to understand how many calories you are feeding to prevent under or overfeeding. Average calorie foods like this are typically best for fairly active dogs who need a moderate amount of daily calories. Based on your dog's current weight and activity level you may want to feed more or less than the recommended amount. It's helpful to know that weight loss foods often have fewer than 340 calories per cup, weight maintenance foods typically range from 340-380 calories, and high-activity dog foods are usually over 400 calories.

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Ingredients

Ingredients

Score
39%
44
Total Ingredients
5
Controversial Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken By-Product Meal (Natural Source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine), Corn Meal, Brewers Rice, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a Source of Vitamin E), Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Flavor, Fish Meal, Dried Egg Product, Fish Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a Source of Vitamin E), Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Salt, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Calcium Carbonate, Vitamins (Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of Vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (Source of Vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Dl-Methionine, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Carnitine, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

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


Top 5 Ingredients

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


  • 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.
  • Chicken By-Product Meal (Natural Source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine)
    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. Chondroitin sulfate is a chemical that's naturally found in the cartilage around the joints of animals. Glucosamine is a combination of glutamine (an amino acid) and glucose (a sugar) that's present in chicken.
  • Corn Meal
    Corn meal is a lower cost ingredient that does provide energy, but dogs can be sensitive to it. As a kernel it is not digestible, so it must be processed, but that processing leads to a higher glycemic index. Corn meal is not generally considered a controversial ingredient, but is controversial if it is used in the top five ingredients (which make up about 80% of the food's weight) where a named meat or lean protein would be more nutritious.

  • Brewers Rice
    Brewer's rice is the small, broken fragments of white rice that are left over when rice is milled. It's used in dog food since it's not considered aesthetically pleasing enough for human food. It's a cheaper alternative to whole rice or other grains, providing calories but only modest nutritional value. It is missing many of the nutrients contained in whole ground rice and brown rice. For these reasons, we do not consider this a high-quality dog food ingredient.

  • Ground Whole Grain Sorghum
    Sorghum (also known as milo) is a starchy cereal grain plant. It offers similar nutrition to corn, is gluten-free and provides nutrients like calcium, iron and magnesium. We consider it a generally healthy dog food ingredient.

Controversial Ingredients

  1. Corn Meal
  2. Corn meal is a lower cost ingredient that does provide energy, but dogs can be sensitive to it. As a kernel it is not digestible, so it must be processed, but that processing leads to a higher glycemic index. Corn meal is not generally considered a controversial ingredient, but is controversial if it is used in the top five ingredients (which make up about 80% of the food's weight) where a named meat or lean protein would be more nutritious.
  1. Brewers Rice
  2. Brewer’s Rice is considered controversial if it is in the first 5 ingredients. It is basically white rice that has been broken into smaller pieces. It's a waste product of the milling process and considered a low quality ingredient because it's missing many of the nutrients contained in whole ground rice and brown rice.
  1. Chicken Flavor
  2. Artificial flavors are added to increase the chance your dog will want to eat the food. The generic term artificial flavor is used to represent a large number of possible additives, some which could be harmful. These flavors may include but not list controversial ingredients such as propylene glycol, BHA and more.
  1. Fish Oil
  2. Fish oil in general is very nutritious, supplying healthy Omega fatty acids and other nutrients to your dog. However, this ingredient doesn't show which animal(s) it's actually made from, making it less transparent and potentially low-quality. Because of that, we consider it a controversial ingredient.
  1. Fish Meal
  2. Fish meals are made by cooking fish. Water is removed from meats to create a protein-rich meal powder. Meat meals contain about four times the protein meats do, so generally, they're a good source of nutrients. While fish 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.



Country of Origin

Manufactured in the US.


Meat & Fat Quality

The meat quality of this product is mixed. Chicken and Dried Egg Product is clear on the source and what is being used. Chicken By-Product Meal could be a number of organs and parts so it’s unclear and not considered high quality. The ingredient Fish Meal does not tell us the species of fish, and further down you will see Fish Oil - both lead to the same concern.  On a better note, Eukanuba does list Chicken Fat as a named fat source.


Artificial Preservatives

This product does not contain controversial preservatives. 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.


Artificial Colors

No artificial colors.


Artificial Flavors

This product does use an artificial flavor. Its listed on the label as “Chicken Flavor”.

Recalls

Recalls

Score
60%
3
Brand Recalls

Eukanuba has a above-average number of recalls.

Date:
8/13/2013
Recalled Products:
Eukanuba Dog Food Base Maintenance Mature Adult, 30 lb bag, UPC: 19014149308. Eukanuba Dog Food Breed Specific Chihuahua Adult, 4 lb bags, UPC: 19014607037. Eukanuba Dog Food Base Small Breed Adult, 4 lb (UPC: 19014039722) and 16 lb (UPC: 19014010516) bags. Eukanuba Dog Food Base Maintenance Puppy, 5 lb. (UPC 19014039852), 16.5 lb. (UPC 19014042234), and 33 lb. (UPC 19014609468) bags. Eukanuba Dog Food Breed Specific Labrador Retriever Adult, 36 lb bags, UPC: 19014019564. Eukanuba Dog Food Base Large Breed Mature Adult, 15 lb. (UPC: 19014270156), and 30 lb. (UPC: 19014270309) bags. Eukanuba Dog Food Professional Feeding Bag Small. Breed Puppy, 44 lb bags, UPC: 19014113194. Eukanuba Dog Food Premium Performance 30/20 Adult, 33 lb bags, UPC: 19014609475. Eukanuba Dog Food Weight Control Large Breed Adult, 30 lb bags, UPC: 19014269303. Eukanuba Dog Food Breed Specific Boxer Adult, 36 lb. bags (UPC 19014019588). Eukanuba Dog Food Base Small Breed Puppy, 4 lb. (UPC 19014039678), 16 lb. (UPC 19014010509), and 40 lb. (UPC 19014011070) bags
Cause:
Product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Class:
I
FDA recalls use classes from I (most serious) to III (least serious).
Type:
Voluntary
Quantity:
N/A
Source
Date:
7/10/2010
Recalled Products:
Eukanuba dry dog foods in the following sizes, varieties and date codes: Eukanuba Naturally Wild, all dry sizes and varieties, “Best by” dates from July 1, 2010 to Dec. 1, 2011, Eukanuba Pure, all dry sizes and varieties, “Best by” dates from July 1, 2010 to Dec. 1, 2011, Eukanuba Custom Care Sensitive Skin, all dry sizes, “Best by” dates from July 1, 2010 to Dec. 1, 2011.
Cause:
Potential for salmonella.
Class:
I
FDA recalls use classes from I (most serious) to III (least serious).
Type:
N/A
Quantity:
N/A
Source
Date:
March 2007
Recalled Products:
Various Eukanuba wet pouch and canned pet food products under specific lot numbers.
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
76%

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?

Eukanuba is part of the Mars family of brands and was pretty responsive. It only required one email, and they responded in 4 days. Not lightning fast, but compared to the average it was good response time.

Does Eukanuba have a veterinary nutritionist on staff? If so, who are they?  

We have two nutritionists on staff for better checks and balances.  One is full time and has done 7 years post graduate work in nutrition, his work has been published in peer reviewed Veterinary and Nutrition journals for over 30 years. His work is also cited in the NRC Nutrient Requirements for Dogs and Cats.  The other is a Board Certified Veterinary Nutritionist (DVM, PhD, DACVN, DACVSMR) who has an office in our headquarters but is considered part time so he can continue his work in academia.

The detail here is great, but they were unable to share the specific names of the professionals.

Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?

Developing pet foods involves teams of Associates with expertise in many different fields including nutrition, food science, animal science and veterinary sciences. Mars Petcare has been developing pet foods for over 80 years and the nutritional knowledge and expertise of our associates goes into every diet we produce.

This response felt more like a marketing response, and dodges the actual question. They were unable to provide any names of the professionals involved in the formulation of the product.  

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

This depends on the diet.  Both ways of ensuring nutritional adequacy are acceptable methods and the method employed on a particular diet is listed on the diet itself within the nutritional adequacy statement.  For those products that are formulated to meet nutrient profiles, we utilize our extensive database of the nutrient content of our ingredients and well as analytical values of key nutrients in order to ensure the delivery of the nutrient profiles of our diets.  

Every dog food label will list of the AAFCO Statement, which tells you if a feeding trial has been done. There is much debate on the effectiveness of these trials, but we feel it is insightful to hear how a manufacturer views them as part of their product development.

What country are your products manufactured?

This question was not explicitly answered for the Eukanuba line.

Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?

No, they cannot be visited by the public.

We found that most large multinational companies like Mars have manufacturing facilities that are not open to the public.  

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

Quality is the cornerstone of every aspect of our business and the number one responsibility of all our employees, suppliers and distributors. At Mars Petcare, we have a vision for making A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS®. The health and wellbeing of pets is our absolute priority. Our products are manufactured in strict compliance with the stringent guidelines set down by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), as well as each state's feed regulations and in many cases our own guidelines far exceed them. Under the Mars Supplier Quality Assurance Program, all of the raw materials that we and our suppliers use must meet our strict global internal quality and safety requirements, in addition to local laws and regulation.  Our robust global standards, which apply at every stage of the supply chain, allow us to ensure that all of our products are safe, nutritious and enjoyable, meaning owners can feel confident that their pets will thrive on our products.  


Does Eukanuba own its manufacturing facility? If it is another company, what company is it?

In the U.S. we employ 25,000 Associates across 6 segments: Mars Food, Mars Drinks, Mars Petcare, Mars Chocolate, Mars Symbioscience and Wrigley.  We employ more than 75,000 Associates worldwide. We have 37 manufacturing plants in the U.S. and 43 U.S. states have Mars operations. For more than 100 years, Mars has been committed to making our products in the markets where we sell them.  By growing our footprint in the U.S., we are better able to introduce new products to meet consumer demand for greater choice and variety.  

In short, they own the facilities.  

Do any parts of your product come from China?

We source our ingredients for our North American plants as close to our facilities as possible. We do not purchase meat-based ingredients from China. Our vitamins and minerals often come from China, as that is often one of the only locations to source these ingredients globally, similar to human foods. Mars has an extensive Supplier Quality Assurance program, which includes audits and visits from our own associates to these suppliers.

We learned from speaking to many companies that sourcing quality ingredients at scale is a significant challenge. This reality means that companies like Mars who are supplying massive distribution channels will often use a variety of sourcing options, including China.

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