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Diet ingredients

You may want to prepare your own diet at your research site or facility, and if that is the case, you depend on the ingredients being of the highest quality. Envigo can provide you with many of the same ingredients used to produce our advanced Teklad custom research diets so you can develop your own formula. And as always, our nutritional experts are here to help you make the best decisions for your ingredients and ultimate formulation.

Our ingredients

We offer several ingredients for individual sale so that you can develop your own blends.

“VFT” casein

  • “Vitamin-free” test casein (alcohol-extracted) is best suited for purified test diet formulas where fat or vitamin content needs to be precisely controlled
  • The reduced levels of many vitamins in VFT casein make it the preferred protein source for many vitamin studies. Thus, the nickname "Vitamin-free" was given to the extracted casein many years ago

Vitamin mixes

  • The common vitamin mixes shown below use sucrose or corn starch as a carrier
  • Customized vitamin mixes may use cellulose if a non-nutritive carrier is necessary
  • Vitamin mixes are formulated with a diet inclusion rate in mind. Using more or less than recommended could impair the health of your laboratory animal
  • For those preparing their own diets, vitamin premixes are an efficient way to add vitamins to a diet
  • Vitamin mixes should be stored at 4 degrees celsius or lower upon receipt. Storage at –20 degrees celsius is recommended if the mix will be used beyond 1 month
  • Minimum order is 500 g for both stock and custom vitamin mixes
  • Our available vitamin mixes are commonly used in diets, and are available from stock
  • Vitamin mixes are shipped within a few days of order

Our Formula examples

Mineral mixes

  • The common mineral mixes shown below as examples use sucrose as a carrier
  • Customized mineral mixes could use cellulose or no carrier if a non-nutritive carrier is necessary
  • Our mineral mixes are formulated with a diet inclusion rate in mind. Using more or less than recommended could impair the health of the animal
  • For those preparing their own diets, mineral premixes are an efficient way to add minerals to a diet
  • Mineral mixes should be stored in a dry cool environment and used within a year of receipt. The minimum order is 500 g for both stock and custom mineral mixes
  • These mineral mixes are commonly used in diets, and are available from stock
  • Our mineral mixes are shipped within a few days of order

Formula examples:

Other mixes (may or may not be available from stock):

  • TD.83171     Vitamin mix without A, D, E, choline
  • TD.81062     Iron deficient mineral mix based on AIN-76A
  • TD.79055     Calcium and phosphorus deficient mineral mixed based on AIN-76
  • TD.98057     Calcium and phosphorus deficient mineral mixed based on AIN-93
  • CA.170760   Rogers-Harper mineral mix

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