Is animal feed safe for human consumption

Dog and cat food for human consumption?

by Unknown, 09/15/15 12:53 PM
Good day,

is the consumption of dog or cat food harmful to humans, or shouldn't one have any concerns?

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"Is the consumption of dog or cat food harmful to humans, or shouldn't one have any concerns?"
If consumed once, there is usually no danger of bad effects, digestive problems are possible, however, as the digestive system of the animals is much more robust and accordingly some indigestible components can be found in the animal feed that do not belong to the usual menu of people.



The manufacturers can use waste and so-called Category 3 material (which is classified as "unsuitable for human consumption"), e.g. organs, skin or bone meal. There are, however, voluntary agreements with the manufacturers that only parts of animals for slaughter that are also suitable for human consumption are used.

Depending on the origin of the pet food, it is to be feared that the production standards of every manufacturer are not as high as in normal food production for human consumption, i.e. with a little bad luck you can run into impurities.

In the case of products with meat and bone meal, a risk of BSE should also be considered, and it is not without good reason that so far the feeding of meat and bone meal to farm animals such as cattle has been prohibited. In dog or cat food, however, this is allowed (since our pets usually do not end up in the saucepan and the pathogens are not expected to be passed on via the food chain). Incidentally, there are unfortunately plans in the EU to loosen the ban on animal meal feed and allow it to be used as pig feed, see also our topic block Is the madness returning? EU wants to lift meat-and-bone meal ban.

Conclusion: it is not advisable to use dog or cat food as part of the human diet.

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by Unknown, 09/16/15 3:37 PM
Thanks for the answer. 1. Organs, skin or bone meal.

Perhaps not the preferred food for humans, but does not seem to me fundamentally unsuitable for human consumption? Organs in particular were often on the menu of our ancestors, and they also contain a lot of vitamins. Ung gelatine also consists of bones. 2. Impurities.

What kind of impurities are you thinking of? 3. BSE.

As far as I know, there has never been a specific case of transmission in this way. As far as I know, the connection between BSE and Creuzfeld-Jacob is also hypothetical. Thanks for the competent answers

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"1. Organs, skin or bone meal. Perhaps not the preferred food for humans, but does not seem to me fundamentally unsuitable for human consumption?"
Depending on the proportion, digestive problems are quite conceivable.

"2. Impurities. What kind of impurities are you thinking of?"
e.g. with germs. Or components of all kinds that are unsuitable for humans.

"BSE. As far as I know, there has never been a specific case of transmission via this route."
the detection is also likely to be difficult in dogs and cats, as these animals usually do not reach an age that would enable them to develop BSE, so the feeding of animal meal is therefore rather harmless for these species. If humans eat animal feed regularly, things can look different.

The fact remains: from a medical point of view, the continued consumption of animal feed is fundamentally questionable (that was your initial question), a discussion that goes beyond our food for thought above is not worthwhile.

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