2004-03-04

Subject: Reading the Ingredient Label

Hi!

Sorry for not sending a newsletter out in so long. I hope to get more regular newsletters out in the coming weeks.

In this newsletter, I thought we would take a look at ingredients in cat food and what they actually are. Have you ever wondered what meat by-products, corn gluten meal, etc. really are?

Chicken - the clean combination of flesh and skin with or without accompanying bone, derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken or a combination thereof, exclusive of feathers, heads, feet and entrails.

Chicken By-Product Meal - consists of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice.

Corn Gluten Meal - the dried residue from corn after the removal of the larger part of the starch and germ, and the separation of the bran by the process employed in the wet milling manufacture of corn starch or syrup, or by enzymatic treatment of the endosperm.

Meat By-Products - the non rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals. It includes, but is not limited to, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, partially defatted low-temperature fatty tissue and stomachs and intestines freed of their contents. It does not include hair, horns, teeth and hooves.

In our next issue, we will look at the ingredient lists in specific foods. To discuss food and food relating issues, please visit Siamese and Bengal Cats.

Tamara
Siamese & Bengal Cats


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