There are some pet food products that may contain dog meat, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that some pet foods, including dog food and dog biscuits, contain more than 1% dog meat and more than 2% chicken, pork and fish.
The findings, published online March 26 in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology, are based on a study that used a pet food testing kit from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The FDA is the only regulatory body in the world that conducts tests for dog food ingredients.
It’s not known if the dog meat in some of the dog food samples actually came from the dog.
That’s why the study was so important, says study author Elizabeth Loeffler, a research assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
“If the results of this study are validated, it could be that dog food products containing dog meat have been inappropriately labeled as containing chicken, fish or pork,” Loeaffler said in a statement.
She adds that it’s possible that other ingredients that aren’t found in the animal products are added.
Loeaffer says she was able to find a handful of pet food companies that have voluntarily agreed to test for ingredients in dog foods.
The results from the study were not publicly released.
“It’s important to recognize that we’re only at the very beginning of this,” Loeser said.
“This is an area that needs more study, and we have a lot more work to do.”
The study authors say they expect to publish more results in the future, but for now, they want to make sure people know what they’re eating.
“For people who don’t have dogs, it’s important that they know the ingredients in their dog food,” Liesner said.
Loeser says people can check their dog’s food by asking their veterinarian.
She recommends that people test for chicken, chicken products, chicken broth and pork products.
People who test positive should consult their veterinarian before using any food or product.