- Alpo (pet food)
Alpo is a
USname brand of dog foodmarketed and manufactured by the Ralston Purina Companysubsidiary of Nestlé. The brand is offered as a canned or packaged soft food, as well as in dry kibbles. Alpo, an abbreviation of Allentown Products, was founded in 1936 by Robert F. Hunsicker in Allentown, PA.
For many years, the brand's main television commercial spokesman was
Lorne Greene, who created the concept of eating one's own dog foodby claiming that Alpo is so good he feeds it to his own dogs. Ed McMahonalso had a long association with the product on television, and Garfieldwas a "spokescat" for the brand in the 1990s.
Alpo uses ground yellow corn,
beef and bone meal, corn germ meal, soybean meal, animal fat(preserved with BHA), digest of chicken by-products (carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs), pork and bone meal, poultry by-product meal(glandular meal obtained from the livers and other glands of various, unspecified animals). [ [http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients Dog Food Project - Ingredients to avoid] ] [ [http://drydogfood.bravehost.com/ The Best Dry Dog Food - An encyclopedia of dry dog food ingredients] ]
On March 30, 2007, the brand's "Prime Cuts & Gravy" wet variety of dog food was recalled after
glutensupplied to Purina was linked to being the same variety and from the same supplier as the brands affected by the Menu Foods Pet Food Recall.
* [http://www.purina.com/Company/Press/2007/MightyDog.aspx Press Release on recall from Purina.com]
* [http://www.alpo.com/ Alpo Brand Dog Food]
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