Building confidence in kangaroo meat for pet nutrition


The data gathered throughout the series of studies undertaken in 201112 ( PRJ007258, 008154, 008402, 008460) provides an empirical base for development of a review of this series of industryfunded research and key findings along with recommendations based on these studies regarding the measured resultant levels of thiamine in kangaroo meat during the trial period in the presence of variable amounts of sulphites inclusion of sulphites and exogenous thiamine supplementation in fresh, ground kangaroo meat for pet consumption. This project will consolidate the trial data to provide a single reference document for the industry. Following development of this consolidated review, a series of materails, based upon this review will be developed and presented to a range of stakeholders associated with the kangaroo, pet care and pet meat industries.



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Objective Summary

Widespread awareness throughout the kangaroo industry about the importance of adequate dietary thiamine in pet meat being fed to dogs and cats to support pet wellbeing. Awareness across the industry of recognized nutritional guidelines for the (minimum) levels of thiamine in dog and cat foods (AAFCO nutritent guidelines), and the importance of thiamine as a key nutrient consideration for cats and dogs. Enhanced pet health status, through reduced incidence of clinical thiamine deficiency in pets fed kangaroo meat as industry members include levels of thiamine supplementation and sulphite inclusion that have been shown in studies to result in levels that meet AAFCO nutrient guideline recommendation for inclusion of thiamine in foods for dogs and cats throughout the expected shelf life of chilled pet food products. Presentation of the KIAA (and RIRDC) as a proactive industry organisation, attuned to consumer concerns and interest in regards to the issue of thiamine sufficiency and pet health when feeding uncooked kangaroo meat to companion animals. Provide empirical, researchbased data regarding thiamine and sulphites inclusion in kangaroo meat to key influencers including: veterinarians, pet owners, organisations within the kangaroo industry supply chain and regulators to enable more informed discussion and agreement regarding appropriate meat processing to achieve adequate thiamine levels in kangaroo meat for pet nutrition for the duration of the shelf life of kangaroo meat products. Enhanced confidence in the thiamine status of (thiamine supplemented) uncooked kangaroo meat as pet food.

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Project Start Date

Monday, October 29, 2012

Project Completion Date

Thursday, December 20, 2012

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National Priority

Frontier technologies for building and transforming Australian industries

National Priority

Adoption of R&D

National Priority

KAN-Enhance industry success through targeted industry-specific RD&E


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Building Confidence in Kangaroo Meat for Pet Nutrition