Ingredient Database:
chicken by-product meal

Best available AAFCO definition: Consists of the dry, ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, and intestines -- exclusive of feathers except in such amounts as might occur unavoidably in good processing practices.

Simple Definition: Parts of chicken carcass like necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, organs, and intestines that are ground, rendered, and dried into a meal. Feathers can't be added.

Categories this ingredient falls under:

Animal Protein: This is a protein-based ingredient from an animal source: the main requirement in a carnivore diet.
Dry Meat Meal: This ingredient has had its water content removed, thus there is a lot of it packed into the food. Unlike wet weighed meats, you can be confident that it belongs at its current place on an ingredients list. As a downside however, it has been more heavily processed.
By-Product: By-products are not necessarily harmful, but they should by no means make up the majority of your pet's food. Carnivores should be eating mostly muscle meat, and will be missing out if by-products are the main protein source in their food. A wild carnivore imitation diet is typically modeled as 80% muscle meat, 10% bone, and 10% organs (by-products).

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