Will someone please explain how “a 5-foot-high pile of dead and bloated dairy cows” cooked for 90 minutes can be considered nutrition? Anyone?
The Sacramento Bee news recently posted a story about an area rendering plant that needs to move due to future residential growth that will surround the plant. “Sacramento County and Rancho Cordova have said yes to developers’ plans for tens of thousands of new homes in the fields around the rendering plant.”
The move of this rendering facility aside, here are the first two paragraphs of the Sacramento Bee article…
“The sign above the door at the Sacramento Rendering Company plant offers a blunt clue about what lies inside. It reads: “RECEIVING DEADSTOCK.”
“Michael Koewler, whose family has run this plant for four generations, swings the door open. There, on the concrete floor, is a 5-foot-high pile of dead and bloated dairy cows. They’d been dumped in a heap off a truck that morning. They’ll be skinned, cooked, compacted and sent back to market as pet food or poultry feed.”
And “dead and bloated dairy cows” are not the only thing rendered for pet food, the article continues…
“A sign at the front gate – with a cartoonish drawing of a dead steer, X’s for eyes – reads: “SRC will not accept dead animal drop-offs Saturday afternoons, Sundays and holidays.”
“Koewler said they put the sign and a gate up to stop people from dropping animals on the lot when the plant was closed. The capper was when a major producer of supermarket poultry dumped thousands of pounds of dead chickens on a Saturday afternoon.”
This array of dead animals is “run through a metal detector, then a grinder. From there, it is fed through cookers for about 90 minutes at 270 degrees. “We’ll pump out 45,000 to 48,000 pounds an hour,” said plant manager Bill Eckstein. “It’s all usable. There is no waste.”
Can somebody please explain to me how in the world “thousands of pounds of dead chickens” that sat out on the concrete for a day and a half or “a 5-foot-high pile of dead and bloated dairy cows” – ground and cooked for 90 minutes can provide the slightest bit of quality nutrition to a dog or cat? I’m not talking about this material analyzing as protein – meeting protein requirements of a pet food – I’m meaning nutrition.
Definition of nutrition: “the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.”
How could this “meat and bone meal” ever be considered nutrition?
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
Association for Truth in Pet Food
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