Four pet foods ended up purchased on 8/19/15 during Walmart. The test was to see if hair might be found in the kibble, just as what is being witnessed in Pedigree Dog Food. A results…four of four had wild hair in the kibble.
It would have been a pretty simple test. Swift trip to Walmart, purchase four kibble family dog foods all comprising the ingredient “animal meat and bone meal”. My personal results…all four pet foods were found to have frizzy hair sticking out of the kibbles. Four of four.
First, the definition of the pet food items ingredient ‘meat and also bone meal’. The AAFCO meaning of ‘meat and bone meal’ is (bold extra for emphasis): “the rendered product coming from mammal tissues, including bone, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide out trimmings, manure, abs and rumen contents, except in such amounts while may occur unavoidably in good processing practices.” It is significant to explain which ‘exclusive of any added…’ usually means EXACTLY what it says. This ingredient cannot (should not) contain any added hair, hoof, horn, or simply manure – but it is beautifully fine to support the hair, hoof, horn and manure from the animals currently being rendered. Just don’t fit any “added” hair, hoof, horn or manure in it.
I popped the bags one at a time, along with within seconds of opening each bag I started to see hair. It had become a little more difficult with the cat foods when the kibble was minor, but with close check-up – there they were. Hairs…in most food.
The pet meals purchased were…
Pedigree Adult Total Nutrition Chicken Flavor
9 Life Plus Care Feline Food
Beneful Incredibites with Real Ground beef Dog Food
Friskies Indoor Delights Cat Food
And the pictures…
And flick story…
Hair in pet food is definitely legal – per dog food ingredient definitions – but it all certainly isn’t top quality nutrition.
My thanks to Piers Smart for Scampers Natural Pet Store with the headline of this post. Piers tweeted the line ‘Hair for any Dog’ to me…I assimilated it. Thanks Piers!
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