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Moist & Meaty Steak Flavor is a low-priced dog food that is overall a lower quality. This product has 9 controversial ingredients, which include artificial preservatives and colors. The food has a high amount of carbs, compared to its protein and fat content with mixed qualities of meat and fat. Nestlé Purina, which owns the Moist & Meaty brand, has more than the average number of recalls. But on a good note, they were overall pretty transparent when answering our questions.Read the Full Review Below
This food is high in carbs, which is lowering the protein and fat content somewhat and making it less nutritionally balanced compared to other dog foods we evaluated. Carbohydrates are cheap so they keep the food’s cost low. They are nutritionally useful to dogs in the right amounts, however, very 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
Min. Protein 26.87%
Min. Fat 10.45%
Min. Carbs 52.24%
Max. Fiber 4.48%
Max. Ash 10.45%
Max. Moisture 0.00%
Min. Protein: 18.0%
Min Fat: 7.0%
Min Carbs: N/A
Max Fiber: 3.0%
Max Ash: N/A
Max. Moisture: 33%
312 Calories per Cup
This product has a relatively low amount of calories. It’s important to understand how many calories you are feeding to prevent under or overfeeding. Low-calorie foods like this can be for weight loss or less active dogs who require fewer 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.
Grain-Free Dog Foods
This is a grain-free dog food. The FDA is investigating a potential connection between grain-free diets and canine heart disease. There is not enough evidence yet to affect our ratings but we've created an article for you explaining the topic.Learn More
Beef By-Product, Soy Flour, Soy Grits, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Wheat Flour, Corn Syrup, Beef, Phosphoric Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Animal Fat Preserved with Mixed-Tocopherols, Salt, Sorbic Acid (a Preservative), Calcium Propionate (a Preservative), Natural Steak Flavor, Dl-Methionine, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Ethoxyquin (a Preservative), Red 40, Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Biotin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Sodium Selenite.
The average dog food we reviewed has 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. This product has 9 total controversial ingredients and 3 of them are in the first five ingredients. This is an issue 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 make up about 80% of the total weight.
Country of Origin
Moist & Meaty Steak Flavor is produced in the USA. We like foods made in the United States, because they have to follow stricter manufacturing guidelines for quality and other important things.
Meat & Fat Quality
The meat quality of this food varies. Some proteins are clearly labelled, for example Beef and Beef By-Product. Others hide the species they come from, like for example Animal Fat. This is not a sign of quality as it makes the source of the fat questionable. The fat in this food comes from the meats and the added Animal Fat. Since the species of that animal fat is unclear, it makes the fat source in transparent which is not good.
This product contains 2 controversial preservatives called Ethoxyquin and Calcium Propionate - we described why they’re a concern in more detail above, in the controversial ingredients list. To be clear, not all artificial preservatives are necessarily bad for your dog. That’s because they have an important purpose, which is to prevent the dog food from going bad. However, we consider 11 artificial preservatives controversial because of their potential link to cancer and other serious health conditions. Ethoxyquin and Calcium Propionate are, unfortunately, among them.
Red 40 can be found on the ingredients list, and that’s an artificial color. We prefer food that skips these ingredients for two reasons: One, your dog doesn’t mind foods with different colors. Two, they are a health concern; see our summary of what Red 40 is all about above.
While we did find artificial preservatives and colors, Moist & Meaty Steak Flavor doesn’t include any artificial flavors. That’s great!
Purina, the brand that owns Moist & Meaty, has an above average number of recalls.
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?
Moist & Meaty is owned by the multinational company Nestlé Purina. It required two emails over 2 weeks to get the answers below. Like most large companies, many of the customer service answers will read like well crafted marketing messages.
Does Moist and Meaty (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. Moist and Meaty is part of Purina, but from checking the packaging it shows they have not done the feeding trials.
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 Moist & Meaty (Nestlé Purina) own its manufacturing facility? If it is another company, what company is it?
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.
Linda P Case, MS; Daniel P Carey, DVM; and Diane A Hirakawa, PhD, Canine and Feline Nutrition A Resource for Companion Animal Professionals, Mosby-Year Book, Inc.