On the front, the bag also says "Nine natural ingredients plus vitamins and minerals." Below is the actual ingredient list:
Upon doing my research, it appears that all of these are, in fact, a combination of vitamins and minerals. And, absent in this new ingredient list are all of the controversial ingredients previously found in this brand, all of which are listed by Dog Food Advisor, an online resource that breaks down every single ingredient in every food brand.
Kudos to Purina for getting rid of the original bad stuff. We can get angry at mega-corporations all we want, but we have to acknowledge when change is slowly happening. It's commendable that food companies, both human and animal-friendly, are starting to take notice of the desire for a more natural, holistic diet. But it doesn't mean they don't have a long way to go. Who knows how many of these "vitamins & minerals" are also not good for our furry friends. Because of Purina's controversial food dilemmas surrounding many other brands and treats, I do not plan on switching back anytime soon. Plus, regardless of how good these supplementary ingredients might be, they still do not add up to the advertised number of nine.