Welcome to the Dark Side of Recycling
Rendering is the process of cooking raw animal material to remove the moisture and fat. The rendering plant works likea giant kitchen, blending carcasses of pets, livestock, poultry waste and supermarket rejects. The mass is cut into small pieces, shredded finely, and then cooked at high heat. The cooked meat and bone are sent to a hammer-mill press, which squeezes out the remaining moisture and pulverizes the product into a gritty powder. Shaker screens sift out excess hair and large bone chips. Once the batch is finished, all that is left is yellow grease and meat and bone meal. This unsavory concoction is sold as food ingredients to be fed to chickens, pigs, cattle, and even to pets! On the pet food label, these rendered ingredients may appear as: poultry by-product meal, meat by-product meal, and animal fat.

Toxic Waste, Spoiled Meat, Euthanized Pets
This complex system which converts waste into animal feed is unavoidably processing toxic waste, too. Here’s how: Every day, out-of-date supermarket meats as well as spoiled fish and poultry arrive by the truckload, right in their original Styrofoam trays and shrink wrap. There’s simply no time for the tedious task of unwrapping each individual package of the many thousands of rejected products. Fish oil is contaminated with mercury and other heavy metals. Insecticide-laced patches found on the skin of slaughtered cattle are also carelessly added to the mix. Antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals follow livestock directly into the soup. Dead pets are frequently thrown into the grinder with their flea collars still attached, and drugs given to euthanized pets have been regularly found in the rendered product. Unwanted metal contaminants can be traced to a variety of sources including pet collars, ID tags, surgical pins, and needles. Plastic cattle ID tags, pesticide patches, and even the waste disposal bags containing pets from veterinarians are tossed directly into the pit.

Unfit for Humans… But Legal for Pet Food
The pet food industry can be a sinister waste disposal vehicle for the human food manufacturers and a way to profit from its own garbage. Much of what goes into pet food is simply what’s commonly classified as “unfit for human consumption”.

Here’s a short list of some of the unsavory raw materials that can be lawfully used to make pet food:
- Slaughterhouse waste (organs, heads, hooves, beaks, feet)
- Bread and cereal rejects (cobs, stalks, mill sweepings)
- Contaminated grain middlings
- Dying, diseased and disabled farm animals
- Road kill (deer, skunks, and raccoons)
- Distiller fermentation waste
- Spoiled supermarket food
- Dead zoo animals
- Restaurant grease
- Euthanized cats and dogs

What You Can Do
Learn to readily spot these “profit-first” dog food companies and avoid buying their second-rate products. Look for brands made by conscientious manufacturers who take great pride in producing top-tier products designed to significantly enhance and extend your pet’s life.

Source: dogfoodadvisor.com