Thiamine Facts


Thiamine (B1) and Preservatives.

An Issue all pet food manufacturers face is the depletion of Thiamine (B1) in all processed pet foods, whether or not they use preservatives. Thiamine (B1) is a naturally occurring vitamin in meat and grains and it essential in a pet’s diet. Thiamine (B1) is particularly vulnerable to degradation by both thermal processing (canning and drying) and by the use of preservatives. Pet food manufacturers whether they manufacture canned, dried, or Fresh pet food must off set the impact of these processes by thiamine (B1) supplementation. This is an accepted industry practice

Sulphites are safe and stable food approved additives that are included in many processed human grade meat, food and beverage preparations as well as pet food to ensure shelf life objectives are met. While we are continually researching viable alternatives to sulphites as yet none trialed to date have given us the same level of assurance in product wholesomeness as the current based preservatives

An independently funded study undertaken with RIRDC and the KIAA has found that providing sulphur dioxide levels are maintained at prescribed levels and the formulation has thiamine (B1) added to redress the action of preservatives .sufficient thiamine (B1) will be resident in the formulation to meet the nutritional requirements for cats and dogs as stipulated in AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) official guidelines.:

VIP continually monitors the levels of thiamine (B1) in all our products to ensure they exceed the minimums required for good nutrition

Thiamine (B1) Levels

The International Pet food standards (AAFCO) define the minimum residual thiamine (B1) level required to maintain nutritional adequacy as (DMB dry matter basis) Cats 5mg per kg Dogs 1mg per kg.

The formulations used in products manufactured by VIP Pet foods include the addition of thiamine (B1), where necessary, at levels that reflect both the ingredient profile and the impact of any process or additive used including preservatives.

Preservative Levels

The formulations profiles developed by VIP reflects raw material combinations and seasonality of ingredients, the addition levels of preservatives (where necessary) are balanced with the supplementation rates of thiamine (B1) to ensure that at all times international nutritional standards for residual thiamine (B1) levels are met or exceeded.

VIP Pet foods wishes to reassure pet owners that we are committed to the highest standard of pet nutrition and quality.

We are a company owned and operated by pet lovers and the well-being of pets will always at the forefront of everything we do.