To be able to feed your dog kibble (dry food) that you know the origin and the condition of the ingredients used, you need to be aware of two key points: The quality of the source and the physical state of the ingredients.
1) The quality of the source of ingredients
According to European Legislation, the meat or fish used as ingredients for pet food is classified in different ways:
a) “…. parts of animals slaughtered … which are fit for human consumption in accordance with Community legislation, but are not intended for human consumption for commercial reasons” (Regulation (EC) N° 1069/2009 Article 10 paragraph a)
b) … “parts originating either from animals that have been slaughtered in a slaughterhouse and were considered fit for slaughter for human consumption following an ante-mortem inspection or bodies and the following parts of animals from game killed for human consumption in accordance with Community legislation:
(i) carcases or bodies and parts of animals which are rejected as unfit for human consumption in accordance with Community legislation, but which did not show any signs of disease communicable to humans or animals;
(ii) heads of poultry;
(iii) hides and skins, including trimmings and splitting thereof, horns and feet, including the phalanges and the carpus and metacarpus bones, tarsus and metatarsus bones, of:
— animals, other than ruminants requiring TSE testing, and
— ruminants which have been tested with a negative result in accordance with Article 6(1) of Regulation (EC) No 999/2001;
(iv) pig bristles;
(Regulation (EC) N° 1069/2009 Article 10 paragraph b)
2) The physical state of the ingredients
Meat or fish used as pet food ingredients comes in three forms: fresh meat, dehydrated meat or meat (or fish) meal.
Dehydrated meat or meat (or fish) meal has already been cooked at least once before being used and re-cooked to produce kibble (dry food).
Fresh meat or fish arrives directly from the slaughter house and is cooked just once to produce kibble.
Furthermore, kibble made from fresh meat also benefits from the fact that:
– Proteins retain their bioavailability
– No preservatives or antioxidants are required to preserve the ingredients used as they are fresh
So, when you choose kibble (dry food) for your dog, we suggest you always consider:
– The source of the meat (how is the meat classified?)
– The physical state of the meat (fresh meat, dehydrated meat or meat meal)
For example, we only use fresh meat originally fit for human consumption as an ingredient in Almo Nature Alternative kibble (for dogs and cats).
HFC is the term Almo Nature uses to describe the meat and fish in its pet food that’s originally “(…) fit for human consumption in accordance with Community legislation (…)” [according to Regulation (EC) N° 1069/2009 article 10, paragraph a)]