Why is Propylene Glycol in Dog Food

Glycerin and propylene glycol are ingredients that are also commonly used in food and pet foods. The main function of these ingredients is to maintain food safety when the product has to be very moist. Their use is regulated by law to guarantee their absolute safety.

Pet owners want innovative products in terms of texture and taste that are popular with their animals. Glycerin and propylene glycol are used to give the product the desired consistency.

European laws allow the use of glycerin (a substance that maintains moisture in the product) as a humectant in pet food. Glycerine is used to bind water in food so that it does not dry out and the consistency remains the same.
Glycerin is z. B. Used in PURINA Felix Crunchy & Soft cat food or Beneful dog food to create a barrier around the pieces to keep them soft (the softness changing over time). Glycerine also prevents the ambient humidity from affecting the pellets so that they do not lose their crispness and do not go moldy.

Propylene Glycol: & lt
Propylene glycol is an organic component with humectant properties and is commonly used in the foods we eat every day, such as: B. in frozen desserts, spices and baking mixes.

It must not be confused with the highly toxic ethylene glycol (used as an antifreeze). Propylene glycol has a different molecular structure and therefore a different effect on human and animal health.

Current European legislation allows propylene glycol to be used in dog food. It can be found e.g. B. in PURINA® PRO PLAN® Duo Delice, in which it creates a barrier around the soft bits to keep them soft. (The same applies here: the softness changes over time.)

At PURINA we adhere to the legally permitted maximum values ​​to ensure that our products are completely safe for all animals.