Petfood Industry - May 2018 - 46
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Greg Aldrich, PhD
Chicken meal: Is there anything new
with this ingredient's use in pet food?
With an unclear definition
and certain quality
concerns, chicken meal in
pet food has several issues
that seem here to stay. | Lars
There hasn't been much
additional information forthcoming about chicken or
poultry meal for some time.
Most of the activity has moved to debates
and controversies over the more exotic
ingredients. However, this doesn't mean
that we're not seeing some subtle changes
over time. Most of this is a rehash of issues
from yesteryear like ingredient definition,
concern over composition and nutritional
quality, and stability.
As names go, the age-old
"no by-product" claim applies
most specifically to poultry.
Unlike animal and fish meals,
the big qualifier that relegates
poultry to a by-product category
is the inclusion of viscera or
entrails. Even with the newest
revision to the rules in 2016 (the
Association of American Feed
Control Officials Official Publication) this discrepancy was not
corrected. In this last update,
there was an addition to include
wet rendering and more qualification for the levels of calcium
and phosphorus. But these
changes really didn't improve
the general understanding for
consumers or provide additional clarity to the naming convention.
This lack of real description for chicken
meal merely leaves room for controversy
What is chicken meal?
For the uninitiated, chicken meal, under
the category of poultry meal, is defined
as follows: "9.71 Poultry Meal is the wet
rendered or dry rendered product from a
combination of clean flesh and skin with
or without accompanying bone, derived
Dr. Aldrich is president of Pet Food & Ingredient Technology Inc. He is also the author of Petfood Industry magazine's monthly
column, "Ingredient Insights."