Did you know that chicken meal and chicken by-product meal can have the same nutritional profile? Chicken meal includes muscle and skin, with or without bones, while chicken by-product meal may additionally contain organ meats such as liver and heart, as well as connective tissue, etc. Meals are cooked and ground, removing fat and water and leaving a finished product that is a concentrated source of protein and minerals. As a result, chicken meal and chicken by-product meal are more nutrient-dense ingredients than fresh chicken, which has a higher water content.
Royal Canin uses only the highest quality by-products in our food to contribute to a desired final product. By-products enable us to produce nutritionally precise formulations, providing energy and nutrients such as protein (amino acids), fat (fatty acids), minerals, vitamins, and functional nutrients (for example, glucosamine and chondroitin), all from a more secure and sustainable ingredient supply.
Royal Canin sources by-products from human food dedicated slaughterhouses. They are composed of clean, fresh parts from animals that have been inspected by a veterinarian and deemed healthy prior to slaughter.