By-Products as Ingredients

MYTH: PET FOODS CONTAINING INGREDIENTS LISTED AS “BY-PRODUCTS” ARE INFERIOR.

FACT: By-products are common ingredients in both human and pet food.

• A by-product is simply “something produced in the making of something else.”*

• When processing soybeans, for example, the by-product vitamin E is produced

• Mixed tocopherols (such as vitamin E), used as natural preservatives in pet foods, are by-products of the soybean industry

• Vegetable oils (such as flaxseed oil, rice bran oil, corn oil and soy oil) are by-products extracted from seeds that are processed for consumption purposes

• Chicken fat is a by-product of the chicken industry

• Pork, chicken and beef liver are internal organs of animals used for human consumption

• Beet pulp is dried residue from sugar beets

• Tomato pomace comes from tomato skins, pulp and seeds

What do vitamin E, JELL-O® brand gelatin, beef bouillon and lamb meal have in common?

They’re all by-products!

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