Ocean Nutrition Brine Shrimp Flakes Ingredients Analysis

Written by Kmuda. Posted in 1 Star Foods

Ocean Nutrition Brine Shrimp Flakes


Guaranteed Analysis
Protein min. 58.5%
Fat min. 16.6%
Fiber max. 0.3%
Ash max. 6.7%
Moisture max. 6.74%
Phosphorus max. 0.84%

Ocean Nutrition Brine Shrimp Flakes Ingredients:

Dried fish solubles, wheat gluten, fish meal, wheat flour, salmon, rice starch, lecithin, fish oil, brewer's dried yeast, artificial color, soy protein isolate, dried kelp, salt, squid, brine shrimp, mussels, yellow 6 lake, calcium chloride, magnesium sulfate, tuna roe, monosodium phosphate, red 40 lake, taurine, L-ascorbic acid (source of Vitamin C), a-tocopherol acetate (source of Vitamin E), calcium carbonate, manganese sulfate, zinc sulfate, niacin, sodium selenite, citric acid (preservative), calcium pantothenate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K3 activity), pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), thiamine mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), riboflavin (source of Vitamin B2), folic acid, biotin, cobalt carbonate, Vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate, cholecalciferol (source of Vitamin D3), Vitamin A supplement.

Ocean Nutrition Brine Shrimp Flakes Ingredients Analysis

The primary ingredient is Dried Fish Solubles, a by-product of fish canning and fish oil industries. During the processing of fish to recover the oil fraction a mixture of water and oil is produced. Then after this mixture is centrifuged to remove the oil the water containing fraction can then be condensed or dried to produce condensed fish solubles or dried fish solubles. A source of protein but may not be well digested. Again, we would rather protein come from actual aquatic meat products, not by-products.

The second and third listed ingredients are "Wheat" products. Splitting wheat into two different products may result in wheat being listed lower in the ingredient list than the actual overall wheat content justifies. In reality, wheat may be the first ingredient.

With only 2 of the first 9 ingredients being preferred ingredients, the overall protein content of this food is doubtful. Any remaining preferred ingredients (kelp, garlic, squid, mussels, brine shrimp, tuna roe) are listed so far down the ingredient list that their nutrional addition to the food is, at best, marginal.

This is listed as a Brine Shrimp Flake. Brine Shrimp is the 15th listed ingredient. Really?

This food contains a multitide of non-desirable ingredients. Various preservatives, including Ehtoxyquin and BHT, various artificial coloring agents, and synthetic Vitamin K.

Oscarfish.Com Rating: 1 Star

With below marginal acceptable proteins, very limited preferred plant ingredients, various preservatives, artifical coloring agents, and synthetic vitamin K, I cannot justify anything higher than a 1 star food. Labeled as a Brine Shrimp Flake with Brine Shrimp being the 15th listed ingredient, I really should further punish this food with a 0 star rating.

Understanding Oscarfish.Com Ratings:

This review is an attempt to analyze the ingredients, rating them from 1 (worst) to 6 (best) in an effort to judge quality based upon three simple criteria.

  1. Absence of toxic, potentially toxic, and controversial ingredients
  2. Aquatic Animal protein and Preferred Plant Proteins as the primary protein sources
  3. A fully nutritious food to include necessary vitamins and minerals with natural sources of vitamins and minerals being preferred.

These basic concepts apply:

  • Any food that utilizes Ethoxyquin, BHA, or BHT as preservatives, cannot rate higher than a 4 star food.
  • Use of artificial colors prevents rating higher than a 4 star food.
  • Any food that utilizes Menadione Sodium Bisulfite (Synthetic Vitamin K, aka K3) cannot rate higher than a 5 star food.
  • Inclusion of the “Whole Fish”, or “Whole Krill” (in meal form or not) is preferred over fish meal or krill meal.
  • In order to achieve a 5 or 6 star rating, the quality of the meal must be known.
  • In order to achieve a 6 star rating, the “Whole Fish’ (or whole animal) must be used, either in meal form or in sufficient quantities outside of meal form.
  • Inclusion of sufficient quantities of preferred plant proteins is a bonus with sufficient Spirulina content being a significant bonus.
  • Use of prebiotics or probiotics is a bonus

Posted: 2 years 9 months ago by kmuda #62277
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This article has been updated to reflect significant ingredient changes. How the mighty have fallen, from a potential 5 star food to a 1 star food.

Ingredients listed in this Analysis are based upon ingredients listed by Drs. Foster and Smith web site. The Ocean Nutrition Web Site still lists the formula from several years ago.