What Is Human Grade Cat Food?
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Is my cat's food of good quality?
Food and human-grade meats are regulated very differently. As a result, the meat in most cans of cat food would not pass USDA or FDA inspection if it was intended for human consumption.
That, of course, doesn't stop cat food companies from decorating their products with images of what looks like delicious steaks and fish fillets that are fresh and tasty enough for the table.
An intelligent pet owner will not be fooled by a pretty image, but terms like "human quality" can be misleading.
Since most cat owners want the best for their feline friends, they may be inclined to buy only cat food labeled "human grade." These high-end products are generally priced much higher than the cost of typical foods. But what are you really getting with your "human grade" product?
Food grade pet food
Meats intended for animal feed are specifically meats that would not pass inspection if they were intended for human consumption.
They can contain a wide range of animal parts (such as bird beaks) that are not allowed in meats intended for humans.
They can also come from sick or dying animals. Despite these realities, properly processed pet food can be completely safe, even if it is not fit for human consumption.
Human Grade Pet Food
AAFCO is the American Association of Food Control Officials. Among other things, AAFCO reviews and rates pet food. According to the AAFCO website, “The label on pet food is a very important piece of communication.
It is highly regulated at the federal and state level. Federal regulations are published in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 21CFR ...
Regulations cover not only the label attached to pet food but also labeling that is defined as a communication about pet food produced in different types of media. "
There are no clear regulations on what exactly defines "human grade" or "natural" pet food. The assumption, of course, is that human-grade pet food is literally pet food made from meats that have been inspected by the USDA and could legally be sold in a supermarket for human consumption.
Therefore, AAFCO makes this statement: "For a product to be human edible, all ingredients in the product must be human edible, and the product must be manufactured, packaged, and stored in accordance with federal regulations.
21 CFR 110 Current, Good Manufacturing Practices in the Manufacture, Packaging or Preservation of Food for Human Consumption. If these conditions exist, human-grade claims can be made. If these conditions do not exist, then make an unqualified statement about human-grade ingredients denatures the product. "
What grade should you choose?
The bottom line is that your cat needs foods that are high in protein, as well as several other nutrients for optimal health. Perhaps most importantly, you and your cat need very different nutrients.
Just because a particular can is labeled "human grade" doesn't necessarily make it the best option. In general, if you read reviews or talk to your vet, you can select a cat food that is suitable for your pet and knows that you are doing the best for your friend.
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Source: All About Cats
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