Chicken by-product meal is a high-protein commodity whose demand is primarily derived from pet food industry. It is IMPORTANT to understand Chicken by-product meal is very different from chicken meal, chicken meal is a form of chicken product similar to the human grade form of chicken. Chicken by-product meal is made from grinding clean, rendered parts of chicken carcasses and can contain bones, offal and undeveloped eggs, necks, feet, and intestine, feathers that are unavoidable in the processing of the chicken parts also may be present. The standards are extremely lax the quality and composition can change from one batch to another. Chicken by-product meal and poultry by-product meal are a similar product, as the name implies chicken is a poultry by product whose source is limited to chickens, both are major components of pet food while chick meal is only found in the highest grades of dog food.

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