Don't know if that helps clarify or if it complicates the picture, but ...After hearing both their dogs had died after eating the food, Rambeck decided it was more than just coincidence and researching to see if other dogs had died under similar circumstances.
While searching the Internet, Rambeck came across DoggyBling.com, a Web site featuring canine products and found she and Barley aren’t alone.
Ric Eddins, the site’s owner and founder, said he has been notified by at least 20 other people from various parts of the country, informing him of their dogs dying after eating Beneful purchased at Wal-Mart.
Eddins said each owner independently reported they had bought the food at Wal-Mart and described their dogs displaying identical symptoms before death.[/b]
Edited to add: yellow corn is the first ingredient. Chicken by product meal is the second. Any part of the chicken can be used for this, includind beaks, feet and feathers. Beef is the next animal protein mentioned, and it is ingredient #7. 9&10 are sugar and sorbitol. Sugar does not belong in dog food. It's there to get your dog hooked. #13 is animal digest. What animals? #25 is artificial color and flavor. This speaks for its self. I don't intend to offend anyone, but I have an animal nutrition background and this stuff is just ghastly.This is horrible, but there are even more reasons to avoid this food. It has more artificial colors and preservatives than pretty much anything on the market. Those pretty colors are for the benefit of the one with the wallet. Means nothing to the dog. There's more - I urge anyone using this to do some research.[/b]
Not completely true feathers are not part of by product meal and feet and/or beaks if they are is only a consequince of easy of processing but seeing how chicken feet have a much higher value in some cultures it is more likely they are removed.Chicken by product meal is the second. Any part of the chicken can be used for this, includind beaks, feet and feathers. .[/b]
Chicken By-Product Meal - consists of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice. "
... lot of foods have by-products which are usually heads, necks, stomach contents, organs, etc. That turns some people off though I've yet to see a dog not eat that stuff if they come across a carcass in a field. Frankly, to me its everything people feeding their dogs a raw diet would give and I don't see the big deal if say, chicken by-product meal, is included in a dog food's ingredients. Watch a nature program with wild dogs and wolves and you'll see them eating these parts of the animal. I would make sure the by-product meal was specific such as chicken or lamb by-product meal and not just listed as "poultry", "meat" or "animal" by-product meal.
Someone I know used to work at a rendering plant and the chicken feet were immediately removed and sent to another country as they were considered to be a delicacy.
I read this somewhere and thought it described by-products perfectly:
It's not meat, but the organ matter from the chicken, the guts, liver, heart, brains, intestines, stomach etc. I think this is a human thing, because those organs are always the first to be eaten by wild canids, wild felines, and pretty much any other. They don't go for the 'meaty haunch', they go for the gut and pull out all that gooey stuff and eat it.
Meat byproducts in dog food by law do not include hair, horn, teeth or hooves, feathers or manure. It does include organs, including the lungs, spleen, intestines, brains, kidneys and liver, and in the case of chicken byproducts will include the head and feet. About 50 percent of a slaughtered cow will not go for human use, most of this leftover goes into the pet food industry, not because it's unhealthy. How many of us rush out to the grocery store to eat a daily meal with tripe (stomach), chitlins (intestines), and scrambled brains? Believe it or not, while organ meats are gross to think of eating to humans, they are also extremely high in natural vitamins and minerals.[/b]