> there is an issue with meat meals that I am not sure you are aware of - it
> can consist of almost anything in the animal typically lamb meal has fleece
> and lungs and other only semi digestible stuff in it while lamb meat would
> not - chicken meal has beaks combs feathers etc and when you get to that
> word by-products look out for what got swept up off the floor!
The following definitions come from the wolfepack site, which has the dog food
comparison chart as well. <http://www.moonsgarden.com/~wolfepack/food.html>
Meat or Meat Based - Meat is the clean flesh of slaughtered cattle, swine,
sheep or goats. The flesh can include striated skeletal muscle, tongue,
diaphragm, heart or esophagus, overlying fat, and the portions of skin, sinew,
nerves, and *** vessels normally found with that flesh.
Meat Meal - Rendered meal made from animal tissue. It cannot contain hair,
hoof, ***, horn, hide t***s, stomach or rumen (the first stomach)
contents, or manure except for amounts that may not be avoided during
processing. It cannot contain any added foreign matter and may not contain more
than 14% indigestible materials. Indigestible crude protein in the meal cannot
be more than 11%.
Meat By-Product - Clean parts of slaughtered animals, not including meat. These
parts include lungs, kidneys, brain, spleen, liver, bone, ***, partially
defatted low temperature fatty tissue, stomach, and intestines freed of their
contents. It does not include hair, teeth, hooves or horns. Only 14% may be
indigestible residue and no more than 11% indigestible crude protein.
Meat and Bone Meal - Rendered from meat and bone, but it does not include hair,
***, horn, hoof, manure, hide t***s, stomach, or rumen contents except
that which is unavoidable during processing. It does not include any foreign
matter. Like meat meal, only 14% may be indigestible residue and no more than
11% indigestible crude protein.
Poultry By-Product - Clean parts of slaughtered poultry, such as heart, lungs,
liver, kidneys, feet, abdomen, intestines, and heads and must not contain feces
or foreign matter except that which is unavoidable and then only in trace
Poultry By-Product Meal - Made up of ground, rendered, and clean parts of
slaughtered poultry, such as undeveloped eggs, necks, feet, and intestines. It
does not contain feathers except those which are unavoidable during processing.