Review: Milo’s Kitchen Dog Treats

August 1, 2014

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In a recent publicity release, Milo’s Kitchen announced the launch of a pet food treat truck that will be touring the country, stopping in major cities to spread the word about their products. The truck will offer an opportunity for pets to taste their treats, take photos in a professional canine-ready photo booth,socialize with other dogs in their backyard-style lapdog lounge, play with toys and take home a bag of treats. (www.petfoodindustry.com/52975.html)

Reading this release got me thinking…Is this type of marketing enough to turn the company’s rough history with Chinese-made and possibly tainted pet treats into something American pet lovers will want to feed their dogs? I logged on to their website to investigate.

Milo’s Kitchen does have a history with those possibly tainted, Chinese made jerky treats. But their website says, “All major ingredients, protein, grains and vegetables come from the USA. Although we source a limited amount of minor ingredients, such as preservatives, from other countries due to limited availability in the U.S. or to U.S. suppliers, we’ve listened to our consumers and made a decision not to source even minor ingredients from China, as of April, 2014.”

Certainly, this is good news for pet lovers, so I was expecting good things from their products.

Milo’s Kitchen refers to this product on their website as “a mouthwatering wholesome snack without artificial flavors. The second and fourth ingredients are soy in some form. Dogs don’t digest soy well. Why would they add sugar to any treat? This contributes to weight gain and diabetes.

Sodium tripolyphosphate (STPP) is generally thought of as safe. It’s a chemical used to preserve food and enhance the flavor, but it has other uses. The chemical characteristics of STPP are used in paint to evenly disperse the pigments. It is an oil-resistant agent when coating paper in paper mills. (www.wisegeek.org/what-is-sodium-tripolyphosphate.htm)  High quantities of STPP can be toxic if ingested. It has been “listed by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health as a possible neurotoxin and is widely recognized as a mild skin irritant. (www.allaboutdogfood.co.uk/dog-food-ingredient-search.php?ingid=103)

Now, who in the world would want this ingredient in their dog’s food in any amount?

Next on the ingredients list, we see salt. Dog treats don’t need the addition of salt. Natural smoke flavor is a possible source of MSG, if that concerns you.  The one glaring problem to me is the use of BHA as a preservative. BHA is a suspected carcinogen.

Let’s look at the Milo’s Kitchen Chicken Grillers Recipe.

It begins with chicken and then adds rice flour and glycerin. Glycerin is used as a binder and sweetener in pet foods. Vegetable glycerin is generally considered safe for use in pet foods because of the small amount used. However, in these treats, glycerin holds the #3 position on the ingredients list, making it appear to be more than a small amount. The package does not say if the glycerin is food quality. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) found that some processing plants in China were using industrial grade glycerin in the jerky treats they were making. Further investigation had the Chinese official at the plant insisting it was food grade but was mislabeled. Maybe…

According to Anthony Bennie, co-founder and Chief Nutrition Officer of Clear Conscience Pet® LLC, glycerins are not naturally found in any food. They are chemically altered manufactured compounds. “’Vegetable glycerin,’ as designated on pet treat ingredient lists, is most often a by-product of saponification, the manufacturing of soaps and detergents from vegetable oils. Glycerin can also be made from by-products of the distillation of ethanol fuel from corn. In my opinion, these are not natural food ingredients, yet they are the predominantly used stabilizers in so-called ‘natural’ moist/tender dog and cat treats.” (www.clearconsciencepet.com/founders-articles/why-clear-conscience-pet-won’t-use-glycerin-in-our-products-a-ccp-white-paper/)

This food also includes soy protein concentrate, sugar, salt, sodium tripolyphosphate, natural smoke flavor, and BHA.

Basically, Milo’s Kitchen may have eliminated the China connection as a production facility, but the ingredients in the treats haven’t improved. This is junk food that I would never feed to my pets!
www.clearconsciencepet.com/founders-articles/why-clear-conscience-pet-won’t-use-glycerin-in-our-products-a-ccp-white-paper/
www.askavetquestion.com/chicken-jerky-glycerin/
www.petfoodindustry.com/52975.html

 

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Gary January 5, 2015 at 11:26 am

Thanks for the great info.

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Cathy Darling May 11, 2017 at 2:11 pm

My dog loves them

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Roger August 22, 2017 at 6:35 pm

Where do the ingredients for beef grilers come the beef part

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Carol North August 22, 2017 at 7:59 pm

Roger, I have no idea. Suggest you telephone the manufacturer and ask them. Be specific. Ask if any part of the process – the beef, the processing, etc, is done in China. They can give you complete info. Most likely, the beef is purchased by them from a supplier. Ask them if the beef is human grade, feed grade or what.
Good luck!

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