Distinguishing between HFC and PFC is simple; you just need to check the following:
100% HFC Meat
100% HFC meat is clearly recognisable from the packaging of the product and its label because
- It is always and only ‘fresh’: fresh chicken, fresh beef, fresh tuna, etc. are the words we will see
- It is always associated with the indication ‘100% HFC’, which means originally fit for human consumption
100% HFC fresh meat, originally fit for human consumption, is the highest quality possible because it is free from scrap parts and it is highly digestible.
PFC meat will appear on the label with various descriptions: fresh, dried, dehydrated or meat meal. The PFC meat, in whatever state it is used, was originally fit for pet food only and was unfit for human consumption.
- PFC Fresh Meat: the label may describe this meat as simply “fresh chicken”, “fresh beef”, “fresh tuna”, etc. but WITHOUT any HFC indication.
- PFC dehydrated meat, dried meat or meat meal: these products are the result of a thermic (heat) process of drying. The more thermal processes the meat undergoes to be transformed into dried or dehydrated, the greater the denaturation of the protein meaning the original characteristics and biological properties are increasingly destroyed and lower its digestibility.
Meat subjected to drying of any degree is used in dry foods only: i.e. kibble.