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Posted on 11-30-2017

In this time of holidays and traditional meals, by-products came to mind.  The definition of by-products is non-muscle meat.  This means that the Turkey and giblet gravy consumed with the Thanksgiving meal was by-products.  So is menudo, haggis, chicken livers, liver and onions, tongue, hearts, and some stuffings.  By-products are not feet, feathers or beaks as some of the public have been led to believe.

Are by-products a bad thing?  Not really.  By-products are an inexpensive form of protein.  We all want good quality protein in our pets' diet.  Using by-products reduces waste going to land fills and our waterways.  What is a problem is that some of the major pet food companies have not changed the labeling of their mainstream, lower profit margin lines to indicate that this is what is being used.  They have labeled the use in the natural or grain-free lines that have 40% and up profit margins.  There is one well marketed pet food line that has a profit margin of over 60%.  This company is the one that pushed the "no by-products" tag line.  If you read the ingredient list, by-products are used, just listed as the organ meat it is.

So, we all eat or have eaten non-muscle meat for our meals.  Some of us like these dishes, and some do not.  Just like our pets.

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