Sorry, that was a typo on my end. I meant to say I never heard or PRUNAR, but wondered if maybe they meant Purina.
You're right, Kendalle, big chain pet stores you do not carry the good foods.
That Diamond food is okay, but it's just okay. It contains grains(dog food shouldn't contain grains), and it contains white rice, (brown rice is MUCH better than white rice - white rice contains too much starch). That food also contains oatmeal and "egg product". Egg is fine in pet food, but it should be named, for example, "Whole Egg" not just egg product - the part of the egg used should be named.
AAFCO: Feeding oat meal is obtained in the manufacture of rolled oat groats or rolled oats and consists of broken oat groats, oat groat chips, and floury portions of the oat groats, with only such quantity of finely ground oat hulls as is unavoidable in the usual process of commericial milling.
A food-grade fractionated grain, byproduct from human food processing, that is not as nutritionally valuable as the product obtained from whole oats.
Here, this link will help.
Here's the summary of some of the bad ingredients Diamond foods uses and why they're bad:
AAFCO: The clean, rendered, dried ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish or fish cuttings, either or both, with or without the extraction of part of the oil.
Like with all other animal sources, if a type isn't specified, you never know what type or quality of fish is used.
According to US Coast Guard regulations, all fish meal not destined for human consumption must be conserved with Ethoxyquin (unless the manufacturer has a special permit). This preservative is banned from use in foods for human consumption except for the use of very small quantities as a color preservative for spices. So unless the manufacturer either presents a permit or states "human grade" fish or fish meal is used, you can be pretty sure Ethoxyquin is present in the food even if it is not listed.
Why Ethoxyquin is bad:
6-ethoxy-1,2-dihydro-2,2,4-trimethylquinoline. Antioxidant; also a post-harvest dip to prevent scald on apples and pears.
Originally developed by Monsanto as a stabilizer for rubber, Ethoxyquin has also been used as a pesticide for fruit and a color preservative for spices, and later for animal feed. The original FDA permit for use as stabilizer in animal feed limited use to two years and did not include pet food, but it falls under the same legal category. It has never been proven to be safe for the lifespan of a companion animal.It has been linked to thyroid, kidney, reproductive and immune related illnesses as well as cancer, but so far no conclusive, reliable research results either for the safety of this product or against it have not been obtained. Monsanto conducted research years ago, but results were so inconclusive due to unprofessional conduct and documentation that the FDA demanded another study. There are currently several studies underway to determine whether Ethoxyquin is safe or not, and until those studies are completed, pet food suppliers may continue to use Ethoxyquin. This is how things stand after about 6 years, and no new details have emerged so far.
It's better than most brands like Iams, Purina, Eukanuba, Fancy Feast, Dad's Meow Mix, Science Diet... but it does have a concerning ingredient - mainly the Fish Meal, as fish meal contains ethoxyquin, and ethoxyquin is too dangerous a preservative, in my opinion, to risk letting our pets consume.
Again, in my opinion, the best dog/cat foods on the market are:
An okay dog brand, I think, would be this one:
But because Diamond contains grains, and beyond that, doesn't contain enough meat ingredients(dog and cat food should be comprised of WAY more meat ingredients that vegetables, or grains, or anything else). Diamond foods seem to have their meat ingredients and grain ingredients right on par with each other, 50/50, and to me, who's done the research, that just doesn't make it a good brand of food for dogs or cats. :/
EDIT: There is also this concern over Diamond pet foods:
"COLUMBIA, S.C. - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reports that at least 76 dogs nationwide are believed to have died as a result of eating contaminated Diamond Pet Foods."
Honestly? At all costs, I would stay away from a food who previously had its products recalled - I don't care how much they may have "changed" - I'm not willing to put my pets' health at risk...