Nom Nom: Gently Cooked Dog Food

Nom Nom Dog Food Review

Nom Nom is a relatively new pet food company founded in 2015, and since then they have carved out a space as one of the most popular fresh food options. Nom Nom has a passion for seeking to provide the best nutrition for dogs by combining restaurant grade ingredients and partnering with board certified veterinary nutritionist. Each recipes comes pre-portioned for accuracy and convenience for dog parents everywhere.

Overall Nom Nom offers four different recipes that are complete and balanced for both puppies and adult dogs. Each recipe is a single protein (beef, chicken, pork, and turkey) with a combination of carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables. Three of the recipes are grain-free, and one is grain-inclusive (turkey). All recipes are higher in protein, higher in fat, and moderate to low in carbohydrates (27-31% protein, 35-49% fat, and 22-34% carbohydrates on a caloric basis).

OVERVIEW:

Company Responded to Questions Asked via Email: Yes, the company was contacted and the following answers we received on May 5th 2021.

Who exactly formulated the Nom Nom Dog Food Recipes? Did you work with a particular consulting group, or a particular individual to formulate your recipes – if so could you provide the name of the person/group that did.

Our board-certified veterinary nutritionist and Chief Nutrition Officer, Dr. Justin Shmalberg, formulates all of our recipes.

Where do you source your ingredients from? What do you require from suppliers as far as paperwork so ensure ingredient consistency? What testing do you do on ingredients coming into the facility? In particular do you test for: pathogens (salmonella, listeria, e.coli, campylobacter), mycotoxins, and heavy metals? If you do not do testing yourselves what type of certificates of analysis or third-party testing do you require on ingredients coming into the facility?

We source only restaurant-quality ingredients which meet our exacting quality and nutrient standards.

Where are the Nom Nom diets manufactured? Do you own your own manufacturing facilities? Are any other pet foods or human foods manufactured at the same facility, if so which ones? How is the equipment cleaned between batches? If you use a co-packing facility or a facility that also manufactures other food items how do they prevent cross-contamination between batches?

Our fresh, human-grade recipes are made in our state-of-the-art kitchens (located in San Francisco Bay Area and Nashville, Tennessee), which are 100% owned and controlled by Nom Nom. The kitchens are inspected and approved for the preparation of food for human consumption.

What post-manufacturing testing is performed on products? Do you test for: pathogens, mycotoxins, metal fragments, guaranteed analysis, thyroid hormone, the full nutrient profile of amino acids, and essential fatty acids? Do your products undergo a “test and hold” procedure where the food is held for several days to wait for all quality control testing to come back prior to shipping it out to the customer?

Our food is made by the Nom Nom kitchen team (all of whom are direct employees of Nom Nom). Every one of our kitchen team members has a State of California issued Food Safety Certificate and is educated in food safety and quality control. From receipt of ingredients through cooking through packing through handoff to our delivery partner, our Nom Nom kitchen team adheres to strict quality control procedures. We do not use co-packers, as we insist on being fully involved in every step of the process to ensure our product is of the highest quality possible.

Is Nom Nom considered “human edible” by AAFCO standards or “human grade”? Yes!

Have your products undergone AAFCO feeding trials? If not, do you have plans to do so?

Nom Nom diets have not yet been through feeding trials, though our recipes have been formulated by our board-certified veterinary nutritionist, Dr. Justin Shmalberg, DVM, to meet (and exceed) AAFCO standards for all life stages. AAFCO feeding trials require that animals receive nothing but the diet, and this is only often practical in research settings. AAFCO trials only rely on minimal parameters for nutritional adequacy.  We solicit health and wellness information from the parents of dogs and cats currently eating our food in the hopes of exceeding such standards.  All of our diets are formulated to meet the nutrition recommendations of AAFCO and the combination of dietary testing and the well-known nutrition composition of USDA labeled foods for human consumption makes us confident that such diets would meet the standards of a feeding trial.  We respect that some veterinarians find feeding trials important, and we agree that it’s good for diets to have been fed for a period of 6 months to ensure adequacy.  Our formulas have all been given to customers for at least that period and no abnormalities have been reported.

Has your company ever had a recall? If so what have you done to prevent this from ever happening again? No recalls.

RECIPES:

Beef Mash Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: Ground beef, russet potatoes, eggs, carrots, peas, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, salt, potassium chloride, fish oil, natural flavor, sunflower oil, vinegar, citric acid, taurine, choline bitartrate, zinc gluconate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, copper gluconate, niacin (vitamin B3), manganese gluconate, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), selenium yeast, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B12 supplement, cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), potassium iodide.

Balanced for adult and puppies.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 10%
  • Fat: 5%
  • Fiber: 1%
  • Moisture: 73%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 37%
  • Fat: 19%
  • Carbs: 41%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 31%
  • Fat: 38%
  • Carbs: 31%

Chicken Cuisine Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: Diced chicken, sweet potatoes, squash, spinach, sunflower oil, canola oil, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, fish oil, natural flavor, vinegar, citric acid, taurine, choline bitartrate, zinc gluconate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, copper gluconate, niacin (vitamin B3), manganese gluconate, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), selenium yeast, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B12 supplement, cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), potassium iodide.

Balanced for adult and puppies.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 8.5%
  • Fat: 6%
  • Fiber: 1%
  • Moisture: 77%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 37%
  • Fat: 26%
  • Carbs: 33%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 29%
  • Fat: 49%
  • Carbs: 22%

Pork Potluck Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: Ground pork, russet potatoes, green beans, squash, kale, brown mushrooms, dicalcium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, fish oil, natural flavor, vinegar, citric acid, taurine, choline bitartrate, zinc gluconate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, copper gluconate, niacin (vitamin B3), manganese gluconate, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), selenium yeast, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B12 supplement, cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), potassium iodide.

Balanced for adult and puppies.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 8%
  • Fat: 5%
  • Fiber: 2%
  • Moisture: 75%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 32%
  • Fat: 20%
  • Carbs: 40%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 27%
  • Fat: 42%
  • Carbs: 31%

Turkey Flare Dog Food Recipe

Ingredients: Ground turkey, brown rice, eggs, carrots, spinach, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, salt, potassium chloride, fish oil, natural flavor, vinegar, citric acid, taurine, choline bitartrate, zinc gluconate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, copper gluconate, niacin (vitamin B3), manganese gluconate, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), selenium yeast, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B12 supplement, cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), potassium iodide. vitamin D3), potassium iodide.

Balanced for adult and puppies.

Guaranteed Analysis:

  • Protein: 11%
  • Fat: 5%
  • Fiber: 1%
  • Moisture: 70%

Dry Matter:

  • Protein: 37%
  • Fat: 17%
  • Carbs: 43%

Percent Calorie:

  • Protein: 31%
  • Fat: 35%
  • Carbs: 34%

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