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Wellness truth in advertising suit??

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
I currently feed Wellness in a rotation and am very satisfied with their products. I will continue using them.

I found this on a pet food site and was curious. It's a truth in advertising thing?? The suit is regarding the "meat meal" ingredients in dry dog food specifically but dry cat food contains meat meal ingredients also.

I wonder if the dry cat food meat meal is from the same source as the dry dog food meat meal?

Just a curiosity thought.

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from this site www.truthaboutpetfood.com
post #2 of 11
That link doesn't open...could you repost?
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 
Click Here Hope this works. It's a pdf file. Found it on www.truthaboutpetfood.com
post #4 of 11
I have been checking a lot of dry cat foods lately, and they all contain "meal", either chicken or whatever meat. Is there any that don't contain the "meal"?
post #5 of 11
They might as well sue all pet food companies...they're saying ALL meal is low-quality. It isn't. However, I am glad Petco is being sued, even if it isn't related to the awful, awful care and sources of their animals.
post #6 of 11
I am thinking of switching to Natura Brand. Their food is made in their own plants and not outsourced. So I feel it is a safer food. I emailed them and ask why meat meal is included. Waiting for their answer.
post #7 of 11
I thought meal meant it was a more concentrated form...???
post #8 of 11
From what I understand, it is bones, cartilage, etc all ground up.
post #9 of 11
I think the problem here is the definition of "meal". I've seen some sources that claim "meal" is a catch-all for by-products, organs, and non-food fillers. I've seen other sources that say "meal" is simply high quality meat that has been dried and ground. I've also seen ingredient lists that differentiate between "chicken meal" and "chicken by-product meal".

I wouldn't stop using any food on the basis of one lawsuit. Especially since they're being sued for false advertising, not for making a bad product.
post #10 of 11
AAFCO definition

Definition: Chicken Meal: chicken which has been ground or otherwise reduced in particle size.
Examples:
Chicken meal is often used in dry cat food. The quality of the protein will depend on the type and amount of chicken meat in the mixture, as well as the amount of bone and connective tissue processed with the meat. Although better than chicken by-product meal, chicken meal is generally a lesser quality of protein source than chicken meat.

As I understand it, usually chicken meal is basically dried chicken. Quality of the meal probably connected to the manufacturer's protocols. I wouldn't worry about this if my cat were doing well on the food. As noted, might as well sue everyone - and some of these folks do seem to enjoy suing everyone!
post #11 of 11
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Originally Posted by darlili View Post
AAFCO definition

Definition: Chicken Meal: chicken which has been ground or otherwise reduced in particle size.
Examples:
Chicken meal is often used in dry cat food. The quality of the protein will depend on the type and amount of chicken meat in the mixture, as well as the amount of bone and connective tissue processed with the meat. Although better than chicken by-product meal, chicken meal is generally a lesser quality of protein source than chicken meat.

As I understand it, usually chicken meal is basically dried chicken. Quality of the meal probably connected to the manufacturer's protocols. I wouldn't worry about this if my cat were doing well on the food. As noted, might as well sue everyone - and some of these folks do seem to enjoy suing everyone!
BINGO...

Meat meal is concentrated any meat ... MEAT BY PRODUCT meal is the one that can contain "??able" things

chicken is mostly chicken meat
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