THE IMPORTANCE OF USING ONLY NATURAL PRESERVATIVES
All Farmina Vet Life and Natural & Delicious products are preserved using only natural antioxidants (tocopherol rich extracts). Preservatives and antioxidants, in particular, are compounds that have the ability to delay, prevent, reduce or eliminate oxidative damage in food. Dietary antioxidants can also provide beneficial health effects by reducing damages caused by free radicals and by creating Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) that counteract cellular aging. ROS can minimize the onset of chronic and degenerative diseases resulting from oxidative stress.
We understand that some of the nutrients found in our food can quickly become oxidized especially lipids. In general, lipids have a greater tendency to lose electrons and self-oxidize which results in an alteration of color, flavor, texture, quality, genuineness, and safety of the food. For example, oxidation alters Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) or fat-soluble vitamins causing significant changes in the food through the formation of volatile odoriferous compounds and hydroxy acids that affect aroma and flavor.
To accomplish our goal of creating all-natural products, we never substitute natural antioxidants for artificial ones.
Some synthetic antioxidants such as TBHQ, BHA, and BHT that are used mainly in food have controversial health effects. Several studies show a correlation between the intake of such compounds and changes to the animals organs, especially when consumed in high dosages. Literature reports some of the side effects of artificial antioxidants are:
WHY GO GMO-FREE?
A Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques including the addition, deletion, or modification of gene elements. The European Union uses a precautionary principle approach in regards to GMOs stating that it's difficult at the current time to determine if they cause any dangerous effects on humans, animals, or the environment. All GMO products in the European Union undergo specific regulations and restrictions.
Although the European Union allows the use of GMOs, Farmina goes beyond their precautionary principle by using only 100% Certified GMO-Free raw materials in our Vet Life and Natural & Delicious foods. We avoid using corn which is a commonly used ingredient in pet food and instead use ancestral cereals typical of traditional Italian foods such as spelt and oats. We also use tubers such as potatoes to help bind the ingredients together.
We chose not to use GMO ingredients to safeguard the health of every pet.
It's hypothesized that foods containing GMOs could potentially introduce new toxins or allergens in previously safe and healthy food, transmit antibiotic resistance, and in the long run reduce the nutritional value of food. Some studies revealed that animals fed genetically modified crops had: