On pet food labels, what does meat and animal derivatives mean?
When you see declarations on labels such as 4% chicken this refers to the meat content of the leading flavour i.e. chicken is the primary ingredient. It does not mean that the product contains just 4% meat - it may contain of meats and animal byproducts.
What does pet food contain?
According to the Pet Foods Manufacturers Association (PFMA), Only meat and animal products fit for human consumptions can be used in pet food manufacture. Beef, lamb, poultry and pork origin, fish, shellfish, rabbit and game are commonly found in pet foods.