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IAMS ProActive Health Adult MiniChunks Dry Dog Food

by IAMS
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March 7, 2019
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IAMS ProActive Health Adult MiniChunks is a low-priced dry dog food with below-average quality. This product has 2 controversial ingredients, including an artificial color. The food also has a high amount of carbs, compared to its protein and fat, but excellent meat and fat quality. IAMS has an above-average number of dog food recalls. Positively, the company was overall quite transparent when answering our food quality questions.

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TYPE
Dry Dog Food
PRICE
$
BREED SIZE
Small, Toy Breeds
AGE
Adult
FEATURES
-
PACKAGE
7, 15, 30, 40 lbs
MADE IN
United States
COMPANY
Mars, Inc.

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Nutrition

Nutrition

The food has high carbs and somewhat low protein and fats, making it less nutritionally balanced compared to other dog foods we evaluated. Carbohydrates are cheap so they keep the food’s cost low and they are nutritionally useful to dogs in the right amounts. However, high amounts of carbs can reduce the much-needed meat-based protein and fat content.

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 27.78%

Min. Fat 15.56%

Min. Carbs 48.89%

Max. Fiber 4.44%

Max. Ash 7.78%

Max. Moisture 0.00%

Label Claim

Food Label

Min. Protein: 25.0%

Min Fat: 14.0%

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
67%
46
Total Ingredients
2
Controversial Ingredients

Chicken, Ground Whole Grain Corn, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken By-Product Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Dried Egg Product, Potassium Chloride, Flaxseed, Caramel Color, Salt, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Choline Chloride, Carrots, Tomatoes,Calcium Carbonate, Fructooligosaccharides, Spinach, Green Peas, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Sulfate, Copper sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, 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), Dried Brewers Yeast, DL-Methionine, Dried Apple Pomace, L-Carnitine, Dried Blueberry Pomace, Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract.

The average dog food we reviewed has 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. This product has 2 total controversial ingredients and 1 is 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 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.
  • Ground Whole Grain Corn
    Corn (also known as maize) is a cereal grain that provides carbs, protein, fat, vitamin B and other nutrients. Ground corn in dog food is an inexpensive (and often feed-grade quality) ingredient that we do not consider a high-quality dog food ingredient. However, ground whole grain corn is a higher-quality ingredient as it often contains more protein and nutrients.
  • 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.

  • Chicken By-Product Meal
    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.

  • Dried Beet Pulp
    Beet pulp is a by-product from the processing of sugar beet. It's a somewhat controversial ingredient that some claim is a high-sugar ingredient that could potentially lead to hyperactivity and allergies - while others claim positive effects on blood sugar and intestinal health. More studies need to be conducted but a moderate amount of dried beet pulp is likely acceptable.

Controversial Ingredients

  1. Ground Whole Grain Corn
  2. Ground whole grain corn 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. Yellow corn 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. Caramel Color
  2. A concentrated form of caramel used in pet food to change the color of the food. It contains 4-methylimidazole (4-MIE), which has been shown to potentially produce cancer in animals.


Country of Origin
IAMS ProActive Health is made in the USA.

Meat & Fat Quality

Let’s take a closer look at the added meats and fats: Chicken, Chicken By-Product Meal, and Chicken Fat. All three of them clearly show which animal they are made of, that’s excellent.


Artificial Preservatives

This product contains no controversial preservatives, perfect. Here’s the deal: Not 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

Caramel Color (see above) is used in this dry dog food.


Artificial Flavors

No artificial flavors are used in this dog food, wonderful.

Recalls

Recalls

Score
70%
3
Brand Recalls

IAMS has an above-average number of recalls, compared to other dog food brands.

Date:
8/13/2013
Recalled Products:
Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Large Breed Mature Adult, 30 lb. bags (UPC 19014611331). Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Large Breed Senior Plus, 13.3 lb (UPC: 19014612000) and 26.2 lb bags (UPC: 19014700615). Iams Dog Food Premium Protection Chicken Adult, 12.1 lb bags, UPC: 19014611362. Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Large Chunks Adult, 15 lb bags, UPC: 19014610815. Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Small Breed Adult, 3.1 lb (UPC: 19014700110), 13.3 lb (UPC: 19014610990) and 5 lb bags (UPC: 19014612055). Iams Dog Food Healthy Naturals Weight Control Adult, 13.3 lb bags, UPC: 19014612024. Iams Dog Food ProActive Health Small Breed Puppy, 5 lb bags UPC: 19014700943. Iams Dog Food Healthy Naturals Chicken Adult, 2.9 lb (UPC: 19014700165), 5 lb (UPC: 19014612635), 13.3 lb (UPC: 19014612017) and 25.7 lb bags (UPC: 19014700646)
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:
3/11/2013
Recalled Products:
Iams Shakeables Un-baa-lievable With Lamb for Dogs, 6 oz canister, DISTRIBUTED BY: THE IAMS COMPANY, SUBSIDIARY OF THE PROCTER & GAMBLE CINCINNATI, OHIO, 45202. Iams Shakeables Gobble em Up With Turkey for Dogs, 6 oz canister, DISTRIBUTED BY: THE IAMS COMPANY, SUBSIDIARY OF THE PROCTER & GAMBLE CINCINNATI, OHIO, 45202.
Cause:
The firm was notified via consumer complaints that the product contains mold.
Class:
III
FDA recalls use classes from I (most serious) to III (least serious).
Type:
Voluntary
Quantity:
Approx. 50.822 cases total
Source
Date:
12/06/2011
Recalled Products:
Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy dry dog food with “Best by” dates of February 5 or February 6, 2013, in the following sizes and lot codes: 7 lb. bag, Lot Code #12784177I6, 8 lb. bag, Lot Codes #12794177D2/D3, 17.5 lb. bag, Lot Codes #12794177K1/K2.
Cause:
Aflatoxin.
Class:
I
FDA recalls use classes from I (most serious) to III (least serious).
Type:
N/A
Quantity:
N/A
Source
Transparency

Transparency

Score
75%

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?

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

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

Mars Petcare US employs Associates with expertise in many different fields including nutrition, food science, animal science and veterinary sciences to name a few.

Did not answer the question directly. In a follow-up email, no names for these professionals could be provided.  

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.  

The names of these professionals could not be provided.  

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

Our diets are tested either using AAFCO feeding trials or by analysis of the finished product to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles. It 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.  

What country are your products manufactured?

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.  

Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?

At this time we do not offer public tours of our manufacturing facilities.  

Common answer for large companies like Mars.  

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 IAMS (Mars) own its manufacturing facility? If it is another company, what company is it?

Yes.


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 huge amounts of food to the entire world will often use a variety of sourcing options, including China.

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