There's chicken meal, and then there's chicken meal. Ultimately, you have to know what's being rendered.
The kibble I buy uses only human-grade ingredients, so all the ingredient going in are fit for human consumption. The chicken is then rendered into a powder than can be used to form a dry kibble.
Now, if your pet food manufacturer renders chicken beaks, feathers and feet, then the quality of the meal you're getting is sub-standard.
It's much like making a meat-loaf. You can start with fatty, gristly ground beef, or you can start with ground sirloin. The end product will be very different, both nutritionally and in taste!
Last edited by Ford; October 30th, 2009 at 09:15 AM.
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