According to the Pet Nutrition Alliance, “by-products are used in pet foods because they are excellent sources of protein and other nutrients.” By-products are the co-products of food ingredients, including parts of an animal that are not usually used in the U.S. human food supply, but which can provide important nutritional benefits. By-products come in many forms such as clean animal parts like liver, kidneys and other organs.
America’s Veterinarian, Dr. Marty Becker, says, “by-products are basically organ meats—the liver, the kidneys, the lungs, the spleen—rather than being bad, it’s actually the first choice that animals have when they eat. They’re nutritious and they’re palatable.”
Dogs and cats have been eating animal by-products for thousands of years. In the wild, they choose to eat these organs first because they are nutrient-dense and highly palatable. By-products can provide more essential nutrients than regular muscle meat, which can be lacking in calcium and Vitamin A – vitamins provided in by-products from the bones and liver.
At Purina, the by-products in our pet food are primarily made up of nutrient-rich organ meats such as lungs, spleen, liver, and kidneys. And we only source high-quality by-products, which meet or exceed guidelines established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) andthe United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA.) We NEVER use any by-products from dead, dying, diseased or disabled animals.
We include by-products in our foods because they provide essential nutrients and contribute to a healthy diet for your pet. For example, poultry by-products provide a rich source of protein and healthy fats in addition to essential vitamins and minerals. Plus, poultry by-product meal can contain between 60% and 70% protein.
Yes! In addition to being nutritionally beneficial, animal co-products represent an environmentally and socially responsible practice by using all the protein sources of a farm animal, while not competing with the human food supply.
Healthy and sustainable by-products play an important role in complete and balanced pet foods as well as in human foods by allowing us to use, rather than waste, nutritious components of a whole food ingredient. By-products are an important component in feeding a growing population of humans and pets alike.
An excerpt taken from PetFoodIndustry.com states that by-products are “environmentally friendly” and that the “recycling of fat and protein materials reduces greenhouse gases significantly.”
In conclusion, by-products are rich in many healthy vitamins and minerals that supply your pet’s food with beneficial nutrients. We stand behind our use of animal by-products because of their health benefits to pets. Find out more about Purina dog foods that will help your pet live a long and happy life.
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