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Do You Know What is in Your Pet’s Diet?

The list of ingredients is the most part of the labeling on any package of pet food. By law, all ingredients must be listed in order, by weight. This portion of the label must indicate if the food is preserved. and if so, how. All ingredients on the list are defined by AAFCO. Listed below are some of the ingredients definitions you need to know.

Meat - is the clean flesh derived from slaughtered mammals and is limited to that part of the striated muscle which is skeletal or that which is found in the tongue, in the diaphragm, in the heart, or in the esophagus; with or without the accompanying and overlying fat and the portions of the skin, sinew, nerve, and blood vessels which normally accompany flesh. It shall be suitable for use in animal food. It bears a name descriptive of its kind, it must correspond thereto. 

Meat Meal - is the rendered product from mammal tissues, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents, except in such amounts as may appear unavoidably in good processing practices...It shall not contain more than 12% pepsin indigestible residue and not more than 90% of the crude protein in the product shall be pepsin indigestible.

The following are all ingredients that I would recommend you avoid.

Meat By-Products - is the non-rendered, clean parts, or others than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals. It includes but is not limited to, lungs spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, partially defatted low-temperature fatty tissue, and stomachs and intestines freed of their contents. It does not include hair, horns, teeth, and hoofs. It shall be suitable for use in animal food. If it bears a name descriptive of its kind, it must correspond thereto.

Poultry By-Products - must consist of non-rendered clean parts of the carcasses of slaughtered poultry such as heads, feet, viscera, free from fecal content and foreign content and foreign content and foreign matter except in such trace amounts as might occur unavoidably in good factory practice.

Fish By-Products - mush consist of non-rendered clean undecomposed portions of fish (such as but not limited to, heads, fins, tails, ends, skin, bone, and viscera), which results from the fish processing industry. If it hears a name descriptive of its kind, it must correspond thereto. Any single constituent used as such may be labeled according to the common or usual name of the particular portion used (such as fish heads, fishtails, etc.)

Meat and Bone Meal - is the rendered product from mammal tissues, including bone, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents, except in such amounts as may appear unavoidably in good processing practices...It shall not contain more than 12% pepsin indigestible residue and not more than 9% of the crude protein in the product shall be pepsin indigestible.

Animal Digest - is a material, which results from the chemical and/or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean and undecomposed animal tissue. The animal tissues used shall be exclusive of hair, horns, teeth, hooves, and feathers, except in such trace amounts as might occur unavoidably in good factory practice and shall be suitable for animal feed.

 

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