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  1. Judy

    Concerning 9903, I don’t think DOA birds or condemned birds could be listed as “by-products”, as by-products must be from slaughtered birds in order to be legal according to FDA definition.
    DOAs and condemned birds would be listed as “chicken” by their definition.

    People are afraid to feed chicken by-products, when actually, they are safer to feed than “chicken”, because of the definition. There would be a higher level of safety in a slaughtered chicken, rather than one that had died on it’s own or had been condemned. I suppose they could hurry up and slaughter the sick ones in order to meet the definition. You just never know!
    Meat by-products can be anything. If you trust your food company at all, you have to trust that they will use top quality chicken by-products.

  2. Ann

    Susan, Thank you for this important info. Question – Does this apply only to chicken or can this also be used for lamb, beef, etc as in ” 2) what cuts of chicken or beef or lamb (and so on) are used. The same questions apply to meat meal ingredients (such as chicken meal).”
    I no longer buy chicken for myself or my pets, but am I still risking DOA or condemned parts in the other meats that I buy? Thanks, ann

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      It applies to any meat product in pet foods – regardless of the type of animal protein (chicken, beef,…) and regardless if it is a ‘meat’ ingredient or ‘meal’ ingredient. This is not human food – only pet food.

  3. Lisa Driscoll

    Boneless chicken*, chicken meal, turkey meal, boneless turkey*, chicken fat

    These are the ingredients listed on my pets food. Is the “boneless chicken” and “chicken meal” listing something I should worry about now?

    Thanks – as always- Sue for your opinion!!

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      We have to ask them – always. Don’t worry unless the manufacturer will not confirm that meats or meat meals are sourced from USDA inspected and approved meats. And take note of how they respond. Some will answer ‘Oh yes, we source our meats from USDA inspected and approved facilities’. But that’s not what you need to know. You want to know if the meats in the pet foods are inspected and approved (specifically).

      1. Lisa Driscoll

        As per the website “passed fit for human consumption, and then delivered to our door fresh each day!”

        1. Susan Thixton Author

          That’s what you want – approved (fit) for human consumption.

          1. Lisa Driscoll

            Thank you Susan! I really believe in this company but this article scared me!!

  4. cali

    Yes this article is very disturbing. I don’t know what companies to trust anymore. How can one even trust what they “tell” us, this food situation is very troubling.

  5. Peter

    Well, I honestly don’t think you can “trust” most pet food manufacturers at all, and you really cannot get information from them that is meaningful, even if you put forth effort to ask them. If you call, company reps are commonly poorly trained and under-informed. Typically, they respond from playbooks with carefully worded prepared (generic) responses. You may well detect the pause as they “look up” the answer you are destined to receive. If your question does not “fit” one of these standard answers, you’ll stump them. And often, the standard answers are not correct (such as claims that ingredients are US sourced, when we know that virtually all bulk vitamins come from China).

  6. Regina

    I haven’t bought myself anything from Tyson in years. So I’m sure as hell not gonna feed it to my children!

  7. Jaimee

    So when I look at Blue ingredients the listing shows “deboned _____ chicken, duck, beef, bison, salmon, rabbit, etc…What is the definition of “deboned (protein)” on dog / cat food ingredient listings. It says it meets AAFCO, but again, what is a published definition of this. Thx

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Deboned meat isn’t specifically defined in the AAFCO Official Publication. Deboned is a descriptive ‘feed term’ defined as “The flesh resulting from removal of bones from accompanying flesh by mechanical deboning.” Meat is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered mammals and is limited to that part of the striate 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 the flesh. It shall be suitable for use in animal feed. If it bears name descriptive of its kind, it must correspond thereto.”

  8. Jaimee

    Improved and more specific standards need to be created by AAFCO for pet food. Afterall, Nugget slush (all parts) vs whole muscle protein slush is a big difference. Am I buying slush or whole muscle protein????

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