Krogers, the dog food company that makes Evo, has been touting its Zignatures product as a premium dog food that contains zero cholesterol.
“Our dog food contains no cholesterol,” a company spokesman told BuzzFeed News in a statement to BuzzFeed News.
“Zignatures is formulated to meet or exceed USDA-approved nutritional standards for the diet for dogs.”
Evo also offers Zignats, which contain no cholesterol, but are high in sugar, fat, and sodium, according to the company.
Krogs Zignatos are sold in grocery stores, but Kroger sells them at pet stores and online, and they’re also available in bulk at Kroger PetCo stores, which is a competitor of Kroger.
The company has also made Evo a line of dog food called Evo Plus, which claims to contain a whopping 25 grams of protein per serving.
Evo Dog Food is marketed as a high-protein dog food for those with a limited protein intake.
But BuzzFeed News tested the product for calories and fat, as well as other nutritional profiles.
The Krogz Zignatas that were available online did not come with labels that specifically listed the number of calories, fat or protein.
The Evo Zignato product labels also did not list the number and the percent of protein.
BuzzFeed News asked Kroger about the number.
A Kroger spokesperson told BuzzFeed: “The Krog Zignatin is not a caloric or fat-containing food.
It is a high protein dog food designed for dogs with a specific protein need.”
Kroger did not respond to a request for comment.
The Zignito Dog Food also does not come in a container with a label saying the total calories per serving are 25 grams.
BuzzFeed’s request for a full nutrition report on the Evo and Krog zignatanas were not returned.
“Kroger’s product description does not specifically list any protein in the KrogZignat, which was created to meet the dietary needs of our customers,” a Kroger representative told BuzzFeed.
The representative did not give a specific amount of protein in a KrogKrogzZignitas.
Kroger’s dog food labels do not list a percent of total protein, but do state the amount of calories per Zignata serving.
“The Kroger Dog Food has not yet been tested by the FDA for protein content,” a representative for the company told BuzzFeed in an email.
Krogers spokesperson Michael Wertsch told BuzzFeed that Kroger does not track any specific protein levels in its dog food.
“We do track protein levels when we test our dog food products for compliance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s requirements for meat-based foods,” he wrote.
But Krog’s spokesperson Michael Jankowski said the company does track protein in its KrogDog and KrogerDog brands.
“Based on our extensive research, it is clear that the KegzZzZagz is a very high-quality protein-rich food,” he told BuzzFeed, adding that Krogers Dog Food will be available in grocery and pet stores as well.
“In terms of the specific protein content, we do track it on our products, and we will provide a full Nutrition Report for those customers,” he said.
BuzzFeed sent Kroger a sample of its KegZzKogzZigz and KegRZZRzogzDog dog food samples.
The sample also contained a label with the following nutritional profile: Total Carbs: 1.4 g Protein: 2 g Fat: 0 g Saturated Fat: 20 mg Monounsaturated Fat 0 mg Trans Fat 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 0mg Calcium: 0% Iron: 0%.
The representative also provided a chart that showed the protein content of the product as well: Protein % (g) Total Carbohydrates: 0.9 g Fiber: 0g Net Carbs (g): 0.7 g Net Carbases: 0 Protein %: 1g Carbs per 100g Total Carbylates: 0 (0%) Cholesterol per 100mg Magnesium: 0 Vitamin A: 0* Vitamin C: 0 Zinc: 0** Vitamin E: 0 Iron: 1 Copper: 0 Potassium: 0 Phosphorus: 0 Calcium-12: 0 Manganese-16: 0 *Percent of Daily Values (DV) based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
**Percent of daily values (Dv) based the USDA’s guidelines for a typical adult male.
**Protein content based on the USDA Nutrient Database.
*Percentages based on USDA Food and Nutrition Database.
A spokesperson for Kroger also told BuzzFeed the company tests its food for compliance to the USDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s food safety standards.
The spokesperson also said Kroger