Meal is more desirable as the top ingredients in a food as it is without water weight.. I'd prefer to see chicken meal, salmon meal, etc on my dog's food as opposed to straight up chicken.. Chicken alone will fall down the list when water weight is removed and then your dog is getting way less meat.
I don't want to see un-named meal.. or anything like poultry meal as who knows what is in it. But named meat sources in meal form are generally some of the top ingredients on all higher quality kibbles.
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