Another piece of evidence that proves just about anything is allowed into rendered pet food ingredients.
Thanks to one of you great petsumers out there, we have learned of a news story regarding a Louisiana rendering facility. This time, a “severed hand and foot of a primate” was found at Reigel By-Products (Louisiana Proteins).
Reigel By-Products is described as “a chicken processing plant” in a lawsuit from 2007 (resulting from the death of an employee at the plant). The same legal document explains the plant “processes animal by-products into meal-like substance which is used in the manufacture of animal feed.”
So how did body parts of a primate end up at a chicken processing plant? Which animal feed manufacturers does Reigel By-Products sell to?
If the food you provide your pet contains ‘meal ingredients’ such as chicken meal, meat meal, by-product meal, or the ingredient animal fat – call the manufacturer and ask them for proof the meal or the fat is sourced solely from USDA inspected and approved meats. Ask them to provide their Pledge to Quality and Origin.
Without solid proof or their Pledge, rendered ingredients could contain the remains of just about any animal including 4D (dead, diseased, dying or disabled) animals. To learn more about the rendering industry, Click Here to read a 2004 report provided to Congress.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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