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Clean Label Project is committed to changing the definition of food and consumer safety through data, science, and transparency. That is why we are listing the best cat food and the best dog food brands.

This includes food for our furry friends. 95% of pet owners consider their pets part of the family according to a Harris Poll survey. So pet owners want to make sure they know all that is in all their cat food and dog food. We tested all the leading brands to find the best and worst dog and cat food. Clean Label Project has seen elevated levels of heavy metals including Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury, pesticide residues, as well as BPA leaching from packaging into the finished product. We found 94% of pet foods exceeded the EPA maximum water level.

Read all of the stats like this we found here.

See Our List of the Best Pet Food Products

In recent years, few cat food and dog food brands have earned awards as a result of their commitment to doing better than the industry by going above and beyond minimum food safety requirements.

The following are some of the best dog food and best cat food brands on the market. We believe these BEST are the best based on our rigorous product testing.

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Stay tuned as more brands are currently going through the Certification Process.

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* Products Tested: CaniSource Grain Free Turkey 10kg; CaniSource Grain Free Pork & Lamb 10kg; CaniSource Grain Free Red Meat 3kg.jpg; CaniSource Red Meat 10kg.jpg; ILY Baked Saucey Bone Broth Chicken Sweet Potatoes; ILY Beef Booyah Stew; ILY Beef Right Meow Pate; ILY Chicken Me Out Chicken Pate; ILY Chicky Da Lish Stew; ILY Cluckin Good Stew; ILY Cow Boom Strips Beef Gullet; ILY Fresh All Rover Breath Bones; ILY Gobble It Up Stew; ILY Hip Hoppin Hearties Chicken; ILY Lambarama Stew; ILY Moo Moo Venison Stew; ILY Naked Essentials Chicken Duck; ILY Naked Essentials Lamb Bison; ILY Naked Essentials Salmon Trout; ILY Nice Jerky Bites Beef Lamb; ILY Nice Jerky Bites Chicken Duck; ILY Nice Jerky Bites Chicken Salmon; ILY Nude Super Food Red Meat Medley; ILY Oh My Cod Pate; ILY Purkey Turkey Pate; ILY Salmon Chanted Evening Stew; ILY Savory Salmon Pate; ILY Feed Mewo Boost Turkey Gravy; ILY Feed Meow Shine Mackerel Gravy; ILY Feed Meow Tummy Chicken Gravy; ILY Lovingly Simple Whitefish Sweet Potato; ILY Sitr Boom Raw Beef; ILY Stir Boom Raw Chick; ILY Stir Boom Raw Lamb; ILY Stir Boom Raw Turk; ILY Super Smarty Hearties Salmon; ILY Top Boost Duck Gravy; ILY Top Shine Beef Gravy; ILY Top Tummy Chicken Gravy; ILY Tuna Fintastic Stew; ILY Whascally Wabbit Rabbit Pate

See Our List of the Worst Pet Food Products

One of Clean Label Project’s advocacy retail partner, PureMarket.com, conducted some investigative work of their own in testing the true contents of some of America’s best-selling pet food products. Here’s a sneak peek at their findings of the WORST brands on the market (based on products tested*). Visit PureMarket.com for the full study details, and to see a list of all ranked products used to create Pure Market’s benchmarked results.

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*Products Tested: Taste of the Wild Canyon River Feline Formula with Trout and Smoked Salmon; Taste of the Wild Pacific Stream Caninne Formula with Smoked Salmon; Taste of the Wild High Prairie Canine Formula with Roasted Bison and Roasted Venision; B.F.F. Valentine Tuna & pumpkin in gravy recipe; B.F.F. Soulmates Tuna & salmon in aspic recipe; B.F.F. Too CoolTuna in asppic recipe; B.F.F. 4Eva Tuna & Chucken in gravy recipe; Merrick Grain Free Real Salmon + Sweet Potato Recipe; Merrick Purrfect Bistro Grain Free Real Salmon Recipe; Merrick Purrfect Bistro Grain Free Real Chicken Recipe; Merrick Grain Free Puppy Recipe; Merrick Backcountry Raw Infused Great Plains Red Recipe with Beef, Lamb, and Rabbit; Merrick Power Bites Real Beef Recipie; Greenies Savory Salmon Flavor; Greenies Regular Treats For Dogs 25-50 Lbs; Greenies Freshmint Teenie; Greenies Bursting Blueberry Teenie; Greenies SmartBites Hairball Control Chicken Flavor; TimberWolf Lamb & Herring W/Apples & Herbs; TimberWolf Black Forest Venison & Lamb W/Herbs & Berries; TimberWolf Dakota; TimberWolf Slow Roated Beef Liver Chips / Grain Free; TimberWolf Chicken Jerky; TimberWolf Bison Jerky.


About Clean Label Project’s Awards & Certifications for Pet Food Products

Puirty Award

Clean Label Project Purity Award Winning brands have voluntarily and proactively implemented procedures to ensure ingredient quality and purity. They have enlisted the help of Clean Label Project to go into the marketplace and randomly purchase and test their products to ensure that they continue to live up to these high standards. You can read more about the Clean Label Project Purity Award Winning Pet Food brands and how the Award program works here.

Pesticide Free award

Clean Label Project Pesticide-Free brands have voluntarily and proactively implemented procedures to minimize the potential threat of pesticide contamination in their products. They have enlisted the help of Clean Label Project to go into the marketplace and randomly purchase and test their products to ensure that they continue to live up to these high standards. You can read more about the Clean Label Project Pesticide-Free pet Food brands and how the program works here.