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from the parts of whole carcasses
or rendering issue. It is a shortdog and cat.
of slaughtered poultry, or a
coming of our regulatory process
As a formulator, the bigger
combination thereof, exclusive of
and the false perception these
challenge being faced is the everfeathers, heads, feet and viscera.
organizations have left manuincreasing pressure to use more bone
The label shall include guaranfacturers and consumers to sift
and less muscle protein in chicken
tees for minimum crude protein,
meal. This is a quality issue as it
minimum crude fat, maximum
pertains to balancing nutrition. The
calcium (Ca) and minimum phosNutritional quality
meat processing industry is driven to
phorus (P). The calcium (Ca) level
and chicken meal
improve recovery of saleable material
shall not exceed the actual level of
Chicken meal, because it supposand to do so they have gotten better
phosphorous (P) by more than 2.2
edly isn't a by-product, is perceived
at pulling more soft tissue from the
times. If it bears a name descripto have a higher nutritional quality
bone. These mechanically separated
tive of its kind, it must correspond
to that of chicken by-product meal.
meats are used in a wide variety of
thereto. It shall be suitable for use
There aren't a large number of studies
products from hot dogs and sausages
in animal food."
Clear as mud,
Looking back: poultry by-product meal vs.
right? Not really. Most
poultry meal www.PetfoodIndustry.com/articles/3817
consumers don't understand what rendering
is. They assume chicken meal is
that compare one to the other, and
to canned meats and even pet foods.
merely ground parts ... fresh meat
for the little data that is available,
The more of this material they
and bone material. They don't
the lead would have to go to chicken
recover, the less goes into rendering.
understand it is a dried product
by-product meal. This stands to
That's a good thing for the meat
ground into a powder. That the
reason as the viscera or entrails that
processor, not so good for pet. With
process concentrates the protein
make the ingredient a "by-product"
new rules regarding maximum ash on
and ash, while reducing moisture
are actually a higher-quality protein
large breed puppy formulas, more data
and removing some of the fat.
source than the bones. It may even be
suggesting that ash-minerals need to
This isn't a pet food manufacturer
perceived to be more flavorful by the
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