Ingredient Database:
poultry by-product meal

Best available AAFCO definition: "Poultry By-Product Meal" consists of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered poultry, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidably in good processing practices.

Simple Definition: Parts of poultry carcass like necks, feet, undeveloped eggs, organs, and intestines that are ground, rendered, and dried into a meal. Feathers cant 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).
Unspecified Source: This ingredient doesn't specify what kind of animal it came from. Usually this is an indication of low quality. It's better to know exactly where your meats and fats are coming from to ensure quality and consistency between food batches.

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