Newman's Own makes its pet foods from human-grade, organic ingredients -- and all profits go to animal charities. Dog owners say this is a brand they can trust.
Organic meat -- no grains. Newman's Own Organics Beef & Liver closely replicates a dog's ancestral diet, DogFoodAdvisor.com's Mike Sagman points out: It's mostly USDA organic, free-range beef and liver, with zero grains. Minerals are proteinated, which means they have been processed in a way that makes them easier for a dog to absorb. These foods meet Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) standards as a complete, balanced diet for dogs.
It's not perfect, though. It contains carrageenan (a controversial seaweed-based thickener linked to intestinal inflammation) and sodium selenite (a less safe selenium supplement than selenium yeast, PetsumerReport.com's Susan Thixton explains).
Recall-free. Several dog owners say they switched to Newman's Own during the melamine tragedy of 2007, in which tainted ingredients from China were used in U.S. pet foods, sickening and killing hundreds of pets. Widespread recalls ensued -- but Newman's Own wasn't affected. In fact, Newman's Own pet foods are recall-free, a search of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's website shows.
Newman's Own Organics Beef & Liver is 95 percent organic and, as a result, carries the U.S. Department of Agriculture organic seal. That can give some comfort to dog owners concerned about artificial ingredients, artificial preservatives, pesticides and other questionable ingredients.
Newman's Own Organics uses no genetically modified (GMO) ingredients. However, its dog food cans are not bisphenol A (BPA)-free, one top source points out. BPA is a chemical that studies have linked to reproductive problems, cancers and other diseases, but levels used in most pet food cans are low enough that they meet current FDA standards for safety.
All profits go to animal charities. Even though it's organic -- and grain-free -- Newman's Own Beef & Liver actually costs significantly less than some "super-premium" foods that are neither, like Halo Spot's Stew Succulent Salmon Recipe (Est. $3 for a 13.2-oz. can) .
If you want to avoid carrageenan, though, experts recommend Fromm Family Gold Salmon and Chicken Pate (Est. $2.50 for a 13-oz. can) and other flavors. Fromm Gold is meat-rich, grain-free and recall-free, like Newman's Own, but it's not organic.
Susan Thixton investigates many brands and individual flavors of dog food, including several varieties of Newman's Own canned (although not the Beef & Liver). She points out which ingredients are good and which are bad, rating each brand and flavor accordingly.
Review: Newman's Own Dog Food, Susan Thixton, As of January 2014
Newman's Own Organics Beef & Liver dog food earns the highest rating here (5 stars) and an enthusiastic recommendation. Mike Sagman says it -- and all Newman's Own canned dog food -- has protein, fat and carbohydrate ratios that approach those of a dog's "natural ancestral diet."
Review: Newman 's Own Organics Grain Free (Canned), Mike Sagman, Updated July 11, 2012
Newman's Own Organics makes this list of the best canned dog foods. Though discussion is nearly nonexistent, Mary Straus makes special note of the company's grain-free varieties, including Newman's Own Organics Beef & Liver.
Review: Canned Dog Foods and Refrigerated or Frozen Cooked Foods, Mary Straus, Updated Jan. 3, 2014
Newman's Own is one of the best canned dog foods you can buy, says Tracie Hotchner, author of "The Dog Bible" and host of the syndicated radio show "Dog Talk." Her father, author A. E. Hotchner, founded the brand with his friend, actor Paul Newman.
Review: FAQ: Feeding Your Dog Properly, Tracie Hotchner, Dated
Newman's Own is easily one of the top-rated dog foods here, earning perfect scores from nearly all of the 25 customers who have reviewed it. Dog owners say their pets love it, and that it's a brand they can trust.
Review: Newman's Own Organics Canned Dog Food, Contributors to OnlyNaturalPet.com, As of January 2014
Amazon.com hosts nearly 200 reviews for Newman's Own Organics canned dog food, including Organic Beef & Liver. Overall, satisfaction is high. However, some owners say their dogs couldn't tolerate the food, or that they got a bad batch from Amazon. Comments reflect all Newman's Own Organics canned dog foods, including those with grains.
Review: Newman's Own Organics Canned Dog Food, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of January 2014