If you think about the FDA regulations and what is legally allowed in food, it's stunning. Add to that the foods that contain known carcinogenics, and you'll shake your head.
Think about it - many pet foods start with food that was rejected for human consumption, i.e. "feed grade" (FDA’s Compliance Policy “CPG Sec. 675.100 Diversion of Contaminated Food for Animal Use” - http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/ComplianceM.../ucm074693.htm
) because it is contaminated with rodent, roach, or bird excreta...", Compliance Policy “CPG Sec. 675.200 Diversion of Adulterated Food to Acceptable Animal Feed Use” - http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/ComplianceM.../ucm074694.htm
, and Compliance Policy “CPG Sec. 690.300 Canned Pet Food” states “Pet food consisting of material from diseased animals or animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter, which is in violation of 402(a)(5) will not ordinarily be actionable, if it is not otherwise in violation of the law. It will be considered fit for animal consumption.” - http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/ComplianceM.../ucm074710.htm
It's awful the FDA is so flexible with what's allowed in pet foods.
I don't *think* these people are still in business, but I saved this from their website, ""We are the pet food manufacturers list. If you have chicken, fish, beef or even vegetables that you need to sell to a petfood manufacture save yourself the trouble and give us a call." If you are looking for a list of pet food manufacturers and you found us it’s more than likely because you have a product that HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) - http://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/HACCP/
) deems you can’t responsibly sell it for human consumption. Why destroy the product when you can sell it to the pet food manufacturers? You can spend all day making phone calls and sending email’s to various pet food manufacturers but trust me you will never have the years of contacts we have. We turn your trouble into revenue into $. Save yourself the trouble and your companies resources and give us a call and let us know exactly what kind of product you have, what temperature it was raised up to and what you are looking to salvage out of your spoiled food product and let us handle the rest for you. We are the pet food manufacturing resource list you have been looking for. More time than often we are able to get clients like yourself more than you are asking for. We usually charge a small fee of 8% to solve your problem. Source - https://web.archive.org/web/20150905...ers_list_.html
And here's another one of my favorites: "Many manufacturing companies rely on Midwest Ingredients, Inc. to find a place in the market for their waste stream." Source: Services - Midwest Ingredients