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Newman's Own Organics Grain-Free 95% Chicken & Liver Dinner Canned Food

by Newman's Own
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March 7, 2019
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Newman's Own Organics Grain-Free 95% Chicken & Liver Dinner is a mid-priced dog food with good quality. This product has 1 controversial ingredient but 0 artificial preservatives, colors and flavors. The food has well-balanced amounts of protein, fat and carbs with excellent meat and fat quality. Newman’s Own also has no recalls. The company was overall pretty transparent when answering our questions. Watchdog Labs recommends this product.

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TYPE
Wet Dog Food
PRICE
$$
BREED SIZE
Small, Medium, Large Breeds
AGE
Adult
FEATURES
Sensitive Digestion, Organic, Grain-Free
PACKAGE
5.5 oz
MADE IN
United States
COMPANY
Newman’s Own, 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 45.45%

Min. Fat 31.82%

Min. Carbs 13.64%

Max. Fiber 4.55%

Max. Ash 9.09%

Max. Moisture 0.00%

Label Claim

Food Label

Min. Protein: 10.0%

Min Fat: 5.5%

Min Carbs: N/A

Max Fiber: 1.0%

Max Ash: N/A

Max. Moisture: 78.0%

Calories

Calories

437 Calories per Can

This product has an 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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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.

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Ingredients

Ingredients

Score
88%
31
Total Ingredients
1
Controversial Ingredients

Organic Chicken, Organic Chicken Broth, Organic Chicken Liver, Organic Pea Flour, Dicalcium Phosphate, Organic Alfalfa, Calcium Carbonate, Organic Locust Bean Gum, Potassium Chloride, Organic Guar Gum, Salt, Carrageenan, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Calcium Carbonate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate.

The average dog food we reviewed has 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. This product has 1 controversial ingredient shown on the food label, which we explain in more detail below.


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.

  • Organic Chicken
    Organic chicken is generally a healthy dog food ingredient. It provides nutrients like protein, fat, B vitamins, selenium and choline. Organic dog food ingredients are free of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, pesticides, chemical fertilizers and artificial preservatives. They are also not allowed to be genetically modified.
  • Organic Chicken Broth
    Organic chicken broth is generally a healthy dog food ingredient. Broth is often used as a healthy natural flavor or instead of water when making dog food. It makes dogs more likely to eat the food and adds moisture but doesn't provide a lot of nutritional value. Organic dog food ingredients are free of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, pesticides, chemical fertilizers and artificial preservatives. They are also not allowed to be genetically modified.
  • Organic Chicken Liver
    Chicken liver is an organ that contains healthy nutrients like calories, protein, vitamins and minerals. Specifically, it's rich in iron, copper, vitamin A and B. We consider it a high-quality dog food ingredient. Organic dog food ingredients are free of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, pesticides, chemical fertilizers and artificial preservatives. They are also not allowed to be genetically modified.

  • Organic Pea Flour
    Pea flour is produced by heating or roasting peas. This allows for greater nutritional value because it gives greater biological access to protein and starch. Peas are a good source of carbs, fiber and protein. Peas are starchy but high in vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc. We consider this a healthy dog food ingredient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that there is a potential link between peas and canine heart disease. It is still too early to draw conclusions so we cannot yet say if peas are a generally high-quality dog food ingredient or should be avoided. Organic dog food ingredients are free of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, pesticides, chemical fertilizers and artificial preservatives. They are also not allowed to be genetically modified.

  • Dicalcium Phosphate
    Dicalcium Phosphate is a food additive that's used as a calcium supplement and to add extra texture to food (making it harder). The ingredient could potentially lead to kidney stones and other health issues (though more studies need to be conducted). Because of that, we do not consider this a high-quality dog food ingredient.

Controversial Ingredients

  1. Carrageenan
  1. Carrageenan is derived from red algae or seaweed and is used as a gelling or thickening ingredient to bind food together. Evidence has been found that it is potentially inflammatory and toxic to the digestive tract, and may be responsible for colitis, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, and colon cancer.


Country of Origin

Newman's Own Organics Grain-Free 95% Chicken & Liver Dinner is made in the USA. This means the food manufacturer has to follow high quality and food safety laws, so it’s a good thing.


Meat & Fat Quality

The meat in this food comes from Organic Chicken and Organic Chicken Liver, both clearly named meat sources, excellent. No added oils mean that the fat in this dog food comes from the animal and plant ingredients.


Artificial Preservatives

This product contains 0 controversial artificial preservatives - really great! Here’s a quick primer on this topic: 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, either. That’s how it should be, nice.


Artificial Flavors

Last but not least, we didn’t find artificial flavors in this dog food. No controversial artificial preservatives, colors or flavors - we love when do food brands skip all of them. Well done!

Recalls

Recalls

Score
100%
0
Brand Recalls

Newman's Own has a below-average number of recalls for their dog food.

Transparency

Transparency

Score
74%

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?

Newman’s Own did not respond to our first email but did respond to the second. This longer response time was likely due to having their corporate veterinarian respond. All but one question was fully answered.

Does Newman’s Own have a veterinary nutritionist on staff? If so, who are they?

We have a team of consulting animal and veterinary nutritionists, including a board certified veterinary nutritionist, that develops our formulations.


(Follow-up email response)

Again, because of confidentiality agreements with suppliers and consultants, I can't provide specific names. Pet nutritionists generally choose to remain anonymous as they often consult for several companies.

Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?

See previous answer.


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

We do not do animal testing, but all  formulas are developed in accordance with the nutritional profiles established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials and based on NRC requirements.

What country are your products manufactured?

Our pet foods are manufactured in pet specialty cGMP facilities in the United States and Uruguay. The treats are made in the US, Canada and New Zealand.  All facilities were inspected by our vice president of technical services, and the ingredients are validated by Oregon Tilth, an independent third-party organic certifying agency accredited by the USDA..

Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?

No.

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

All products are manufactured to comply with standards for good manufacturing procedures, and macro and micronutrients are routinely analyzed for determined levels. Oregon Tilth validates the integrity of ingredients for incorporation into made with organic formulas.

Does Newman’s Own own its manufacturing facility? If it is another company, what company is it?

Our products are manufactured in pet specially facilities as described above. We do not identify these facilities for reasons of confidentiality.

Do any parts of your product come from China?

No.

Newman's Own Organics Grain-Free 95% Chicken & Liver Dinner Canned Food

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