Medium quality ingredient - nutritionally adequate and unlikely to cause any problems e.g. fillers etc

Agar-agar in dog food

Agar-agar (E406) is a gelling agent derived from seaweed. In pet food, it is primarily used to help create the characteristic firm consistency of paté and loaf type wet foods.

Agar-agar is becoming popular as an alternative to its controversial cousin, carrageenan.

As with any ingredient, it is possible for a dog to develop an allergic reaction to agar-agar, but so far at least, it certainly looks like a safer option than some of the alternatives [1].

  1. Re-evaluation of agar (E 406) as a food additive. European Food Safety Authority. 2016

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