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Whole Earth Farms Grain-Free Hearty Beef Stew Canned Dog Food

by Whole Earth Farms
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March 7, 2019
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Whole Earth Farms Grain-Free Hearty Beef Stew is a mid-priced dog food with great quality. This product has 1 controversial ingredient, which is an artificial color. It has well-balanced amounts of protein, fat and carbs and the meat and fat quality in the food is excellent. Whole Earth Farms has a below-average number of dog food recalls and was extremely 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
Grain-Free, No Corn Wheat or Soy
PACKAGE
12.7 oz
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 42.11%

Min. Fat 15.79%

Min. Carbs 31.58%

Max. Fiber 7.37%

Max. Ash 10.53%

Max. Moisture 0.00%

Label Claim

Food Label

Min. Protein: 9%

Min Fat: 3%

Min Carbs: N/A

Max Fiber: 1.40%

Max Ash: N/A

Max. Moisture: 81%

Calories

Calories

321 Calories per Can

This product has an below 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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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%
48
Total Ingredients
1
Controversial Ingredients

Beef, Beef Broth, Turkey Broth, Beef Liver, Peas, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Natural Flavor, Pea Protein, Dried Egg Product, Potato Starch, Calcium Carbonate, Apples, Sodium Phosphate, Cassia Gum, Salt, Sunflower Oil, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Salmon Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Guar Gum, Gelatin, Caramel Color, Xanthan Gum, Cinnamon, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodate, Cobalt Glucoheptonate, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate), Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Yucca Schidigera Extract.

The average dog food we reviewed has 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. This product has 1  controversial ingredient, Caramel Color. Find out more about this ingredient below in the controversial ingredient section.


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.

  • Beef
    Beef is the culinary name for cuts of meat from cattle, particularly skeletal muscle. In dog food, beef can also include muscle tissues from the tongue, heart, diaphragm or esophagus. Beef is rich in protein and nutrients like niacin, vitamin B12, creatine, iron and zinc. Beef is generally a healthy dog food ingredient. Whole 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. We recommend looking for dog foods that also include meat meals (pre-cooked meat powder that contains four times the amount of protein).
  • Beef Broth
    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. Beef Broth is generally a healthy dog food ingredient.
  • Turkey Broth
    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. Turkey Broth is generally a healthy dog food ingredient.

  • Beef Liver
    Beef liver is an organ that's rich in iron, copper, and vitamin A and B. Generally, the liver is a nutritious and healthy ingredient that provides nutrients and flavor that makes your dog want to eat the food.

  • Peas
    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.

Controversial Ingredients

  1. Caramel Color
  2. A more 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

This dog food is made in the United States. That’s good, because the U.S. has strong quality and food safety laws in place.


Meat & Fat Quality

Beef and Beef Liver are the meats in this product, both of which specify clearly name the animal they originate from. The food also contains Sunflower Oil as an added fat. Again, the plant species is clearly labelled - great.


Artificial Preservatives

Whole Earth Farms Grain-Free Hearty Beef Stew contains no 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

As mentioned in the controversial ingredients above, this dog food contains Caramel Color, an artificial color.


Artificial Flavors

While it does have added colors, this food doesn’t have artificial flavors. They’re unnecessary (dogs like many food flavors) and a potential health concern.

Recalls

Recalls

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Brand Recalls

Whole Earth Farms has a below average number of food recalls in our research.

Transparency

Transparency

Score
95%

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?
Whole Earth Farms responded within 1 day with complete answers. Unfortunately, they have an aggressive disclaimer in their email that prohibits us from sharing the answers they provided.


Does Whole Earth Farms have a veterinary nutritionist on staff? If so, who are they?

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

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

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.


What country are your products manufactured?

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

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

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

Does Whole Earth Farms own its manufacturing facility? If it is another company, what company is it?

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

Do any parts of your product come from China?

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

Whole Earth Farms Grain-Free Hearty Beef Stew Canned Dog Food

by Whole Earth Farms
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