This is what the chickensoup for the petlover's soul website has to say about human grade meat. Even they will not use the term.
When Is Human-Grade Meat Really Human-Grade Meat?
Human-grade meat is a tricky subject. And, while we at Chicken Soup for the Soulâ„¢ brand dog and cat foods would love to call our fresh, never frozen, meats "human-grade" our conscience does not allow us.
You see, even though our fresh meats are the same grade and quality and come from the same sources used for human food applications, they are not "human-grade". And here's why:
The term "human-grade" does not have a place in the pet food industry. Legally, for a meat to be "human-grade", it must be processed in a human-grade facility. Pet food facilities are not human-grade, rather, they are ALL feed grade. In fact, pet food manufacturing facilities are held to a different level of sanitation standards by the USDA than those applied to a human food processing plant, or even a restaurant. By law, as soon as meat, even "human-grade" meat, is shipped to a pet food facility it becomes "feed-grade".
Now this doesn't change the quality of the meatâ€”but it does change its legal definition. And, to us, it would be irresponsible to tell you that our products are better than the competition because our foods use "human-grade" meats.
So, you won't find a "human-grade" claim on any Chicken Soup for the Soulâ„¢ brand dog and cat food, or in our brochures, or on this web site. Period.
What you will find is our products are of the highest quality, processed within the strictest standards in the industry, and guaranteed to help your pet become a better, healthier, happier companion.
The following is taken from the www.cats.about.com
website regarding human grade:
Human Grade" and "Natural"
"Although you will occasionally see "Human Grade" listed on pet food labels, the AAFCO does not recognize nor presently address this form of labeling. However, because of the current trend toward "natural," as well as "organic" (in both human and pet food), the AAFCO is currently working to define at least the former description. In the meantime, caveat emptor with those phrases. If you lean toward cat foods with ingredients described as human grade or natural, make sure you completely understand what is meant by the terms.
In other words, "human grade" may mean one thing to one pet food manufacturer, and something entirely different to another. There are presently NO standards to define that phrase on pet food labels, so "caveat emptor" does indeed apply. Until the phrase is officially defined, I would neither attach nor take away any value to that kind of statement by a pet food manufacturer