GMO pet food may be safe, but is rejected by owners
July 20, 2017

Genetically modified organisms (GMO) don’t hurt pets when GMO ingredients are included in dog and cat food, said Richard Butterwick, global nutrition advisor at the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, during Petfood Forum 2017. However, pet owners increasingly view GMO ingredients in both pet and human food as untrustworthy.

“We know from science that that there’s no specific benefit to pets from having GMO-free cereals,” said Butterwick.

Omitting GMO ingredients doesn’t cause any harm, though, he noted. Since some consumers reject GMOs outright, while others are skeptical, formulators may find marketing benefits from using non-GMO pet food ingredients.

“We can formulate foods that are GMO-free…and are also addressing consumer wants,” he said.


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