mmags, the Fromm Gold LBP with
grain has no peas in it and has taurine, and I don't see any dogs fed it on the list of low taurine results. In fact, if you look closely, the dogs with problems on Fromm mostly were fed a grain-free option (with just a few exceptions). With the exception of Duck & Sweet Potato (which seems to have something going on), the Fromm grain-in options (e.g., Four Star Chicken) aren't the ones that seem to be generating the handful of low taurine results on the spreadsheet. I feed Fromm Four Star (with grain) rotationally and have been monitoring this very, very closely -- we stopped buying their grain-free options until this shakes out.
If you want to avoid foods with any
low taurine results on the spreadsheet, you don't have many high-end options left. Victor has a case or two now too (in Golden Retrievers that are especially sensitive). Diamond Naturals chicken and rice-based foods seem to be doing okay....but that might be because most people who can afford taurine testing ($300-400 incl. shipping) and cardio work-up (hundreds more) are probably not feeding it. Honestly, that also could be at issue with Victor, as it moves a lot of product through feed stores nationally (as does Diamond) too. Not that there's anything wrong with either one -- it's just how they've both positioned their distribution for a long time, and farm dogs who see a country vet may not set them up to produce as robust a data set as a food like Zignature (commonly fed to allergy dogs who are already heavily vetted and monitored, and thus likely to have issues noticed). Same goes for the bottom-of-the-barrel cheap foods -- they're not represented on the spreadsheet, but that could easily be because the dogs aren't being monitored or tested to the same extent as dogs fed expensive holistic foods. We have to be VERY cautious about making assumptions about this useful-but-incomplete data as this is still very much unfolding.
I think it's reasonable to conclude foods producing a lot of low results ought to be viewed with caution. I'm less comfortable concluding foods not represented on the list are necessarily fine -- as the data collection methodology just doesn't support that kind of confidence. As time has gone by, more brands that we thought would never be there are showing up. Be sure you are reading the spreadsheet correctly too -- most of the entries are for normal
taurine results, but there are outliers with low results. They're tracking both.
OP, here's the thread with the discussion we're referring to:
Right now it's pure speculation as to what's happening -- tons of dogs do just fine, and randomly a few are throwing up low taurine tests and cardiac issues with a wide range of (mostly grain-free) foods...mostly ones with a lot of peas/beans and potatoes high up on the ingredient list. Lots of people are posting speculation about cause, but the research paper hasn't been published yet explaining it so nobody but the people at UC Davis with the embargoed paper really know yet. We're all waiting to find out what's going on.