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Egg Waste Pet Food Ingredients

Egg Waste Pet Food Ingredients

  • Written By: Susan Thixton
  • 8-24-2011
  • Categorized in: Pet Food Ingredients

From StratfordBeaconHerald.com “A $405,000 grant through the province’s Rural Economic Development (RED) program is helping revitalize an egg-processing plant here that is converting egg “waste” into high-protein pet food products.”

“The plant had been closed for about four years. Walz explained that the company processes whole-egg waste from egg-grading plants and turns it into powdered pet food, which has up to 50% protein.”

“In addition, the plant extracts egg white from discarded egg shells and produces liquid egg white that can be used as a binding agent in pet food.”

Note that the above company uses “whole-egg waste from egg-grading plants” – in other words, eggs rejected for use as human food – and turns it into powdered pet food ingredients.  Waste, eggs rejected for human use, become pet food.

A Google search of “what is whole-egg waste from egg-grading plants” finds the following as the first result…
“Egg liquids salvaged from non-edible eggs of egg grading plants were acidified to pH 4.0–4.5 with 3.4 N HCl and successfully stored at 13° C. for up to 10 days. After storage the acidified egg liquids were treated with 92% equivalency of 3.4 N NaOH after which egg meats were cooked and incorporated into a specialty pet food formulation.”  (From Poultry Science Association)

Egg liquids were (and we have to assume are still) treated with NaOH…which is “Sodium Hydroxide, which is also commonly referred to as Caustic Soda, Caustic or Lye.”  Yes…Lye…as in soap.

Wouldn’t lye (or sodium hydroxide) be dangerous for pets to consume?  Yes it is.

The Material Safety Data Sheet for Sodium Hydroxide states “Danger! Corrosive.  Harmful if swallowed or inhaled.  Causes burns to any area of contact.  Reacts with water, acids and other materials.”

Potential Health Effects
“Ingestion:  Corrosive!  Swallowing may cause severe burns of mouth, throat, and stomach.  Severe scarring of tissue and death may result.  Symptoms may include bleeding, vomiting, diarrhea, fall in blood pressure.  Damage may appear days after exposure.”

The pet food ingredient that could be made from waste eggs would be listed as “egg product” on the pet food label.  If your choice of pet food contains this ingredient, call the manufacturer and ask if the eggs are sourced from “whole-egg waste from egg-grading plants” or if the egg product is sourced from USDA approved eggs.  If the manufacturer representative doesn’t know or won’t tell you, you might want to consider a new pet food.

It continues to baffle me as to why regulatory authorities continue to allow the pet food industry to be the dumping ground for all things waste.  Regardless of federal law, regardless of the potential hazard to the pet consuming these waste ingredients…pet food continues to be THE place to sell your garbage.


Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,


Susan Thixton
Pet Food Safety Advocate
Author, Buyer Beware


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Dr Jane Bicks & Otto
Dr. Jane Bicks is the Executive Director of New Product Development & Education for Life’s Abundance where she oversees all product development and consults with pet industry experts to ensure Life’s Abundance cutting-edge formulas meet the highest standards for quality and effectiveness. She is one of the pioneers of veterinary nutritional/alternative medicine and is recognized nationally as an authority in the natural treatment of animals.
Dr. Jane served as the President of the Veterinary Medical Association of New York City and has been honored many times by her own veterinary profession. Among her many awards and acclamations are the Outstanding Service to Veterinary Medicine Award, three Presidential Citations, The Morris Animal Foundation (supporting the continuance of Diane Fosse’s Lowland gorilla Project and studies of all animals), and the Veterinary Medical Society’s Merit Award. Dr. Jane has also been involved with many Advisory boards including the Advisory Board of the Cornell University Feline Healthy Center, Canine Companions for Independence and Pet Owners with AIDs/ARC Resource Services assisting stricken individuals so they may keep their beloved pets in their time of greatest need. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Florida Veterinary Medical Association and the American Veterinary nutritional Association.

She has been associated with the ASPCA, Bide-A-Wee Home, St. Hubert’s, the American Humane Society and various regional and national animal shelters and rescue services.

Since the early 1980’s Dr. Jane has authored three national books promoting the responsible care and treatment of pets. Her books include Revolution in Cat Nutrition (Rawson Associates, New York, 1986), Dr. Jane’s Thirty Days to a Healthier, Happier Cat (Berkley Publishing, New York, 1997), and Dr. Jane’s Guide to a Healthier Happier Dog (Berkley Publishing, New York, 1999). She is currently writing another pet book. She has been the dog columnist, cat columnist and for the last 7 years natural product columnist for the highly recognized magazine “Pet Business”.

In addition Dr. Jane has appeared as a veterinary expert on CBS’s 48 hours, ABC’s Good Morning America, Fox’s Good Morning New York, WNET’s romper Room and Reading Rainbow, CNN, PBS. Lifetime, The Discovery Channel, TV Food Network and numerous radio stations including WABC/NY, WNBC, WNYC, WQXR and National Public Radio. Animal Planet’s early days included Dr. Jane as the veterinary expert in frequent segments regarding all types of animals.

Dr. Jane is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Parma, Italy

The Stunning Truth about “Complete and Balanced” Pet Foods…

Vitamins and minerals play a fundamental role in the diet of companion animals.

Your dog or cat can quickly develop nutritional deficiencies that impede normal functioning if he isn’t regularly consuming the right vitamins for his species in the right amounts.

According to Suite101.com, a few of the many jobs vitamins do in your pet’s body include:

  • Aiding in the release of energy from other nutrients
  • Acting as free radical scavengers
  • Serving as co-enzymes or enzyme precursors in various metabolic processes
  • Helping to preserve cell membrane integrity
  • Aiding in blood clotting
  • Aiding in the transmission of nerve impulses


What Dr Becker has to say

It’s probably no surprise to you that vitamins and minerals, the ‘micronutrients’ in food, are as important in your pet’s diet as they are in yours. Your pet’s body won’t function very well for very long in a nutrient-deficient state.

The best way to consume all the vitamins required for good health is through food. Again, this is true for both you and your dog or cat.

Vitamin and mineral supplements can be useful on a case-by-case basis, and there are situations in which they offer the only option. But bear in mind it’s not just what your pet eats that’s important, but how efficiently her body uses food to nourish itself.

How Well is Your Pet Using the Nutrition You Provide?

Bioavailability is the measure of how efficiently food nutrients are absorbed and used by the body — in this case the furry, four-legged one running around your home.

The amount of a nutrient your dog’s or cat’s body can actually put to good use is dependent on a number of variables, one of the most important of which is the source of the nutrient.

The nutrients in real food are vastly different from the biologically inert (lifeless) ingredients in multivitamins.

When a nutrient or vitamin is isolated out of its natural environment – food — it becomes a chemical isolate. The vitamins in whole food bind with other factors also in the food like enzymes and amino acids to act synergistically to provide nutrition to your pet’s body. A chemical isolate does not have the same capacity.

Your pet’s body wasn’t really designed to use chemically derived vitamins, so it can be especially challenging to predict or determine how effectively a supplement is doing its job.

Another point to keep in mind: the difference between the natural and manufactured versions of a nutrient can sometimes quite literally be the difference between life and death.

Non-food based nutrients can cause serious disease in high doses. The same nutrient found naturally in food or in some cases a chelated version of it, can prevent or combat disease. A chelated nutrient is one that is attached to another organic component, usually an amino acid, in order to improve the body’s ability to use it efficiently.

So again, bioavailability refers to the quantity of a nutrient your pet’s body can draw on to help perform specific physiological functions.

Besides the source of the nutrient (either from nature or man-made), there are several other factors that influence bioavailability, including:

  • The health of your pet’s GI tract, which determines the efficiency of digestion and absorption of the food she eats.
  • How well nutrients are distributed in the blood circulating throughout her body.
  • The assimilation of nutrients into the tissues and fluids of her body where they can be physiologically effective.

Vitamins 101

There are two types of vitamins — fat soluble and water soluble.

Fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) are absorbed in your pet’s body similar to the way dietary fats are absorbed, and excess amounts are stored in the liver. Because they can be stored, deficiencies in fat-soluble vitamins tend to develop slowly. However, too high amounts of these vitamins can cause toxicity.

Water-soluble vitamins (the B’s and vitamin C) are absorbed in the small intestine. Excess is excreted in urine, so other than vitamin B12, no water-soluble vitamins are on reserve in your pet’s body. Your dog or cat must get these nutrients through his diet every day.

Vitamin Food Sources
Fat-soluble vitamins
Vitamin A Carrots, egg yolks, fish liver oil, leafy greens, liver, yellow fruits
Vitamin D Halibut and cod liver oil, fish, cheese, yogurt, eggs
Vitamin E Asparagus, spinach and other leafy green veggies, corn, nuts, seeds, vegetable oils, wheat germ
Vitamin K Cabbage, cauliflower, leafy greens and other vegetables
Water-soluble vitamins
Vitamin B1 – thiamine Lean meat, liver, fish, wheat germ, whole grains
Vitamin B2 – riboflavin Cheese, eggs, fish, liver, lean meat, nuts, legumes, leafy greens,
Vitamin B3 – niacin Asparagus, leafy green veggies, seeds, nuts, poultry, fish, liver, lean meat
Vitamin B5 – pantothenic acid Eggs, fish, lean beef, legumes, broccoli and other vegetables in the cabbage family, sweet potatoes
Vitamin B6 – pyridoxine Bananas, eggs, fish, meat, whole grains
Vitamin B8 – biotin Bananas, cauliflower, egg yolks, legumes, mushrooms, nuts, sardines, Swiss chard
Vitamin B9 – folic acid Apricots, beans, carrots, egg yolks, leafy greens, liver, melon, pumpkin
Vitamin B12 – cobalamin Cheese, eggs, fish, liver, meat
Vitamin C Berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, cauliflower, green pepper, green leafy vegetables

Vitamin Deficiency is Uncommon in Today’s Companion Animals – or is It?

The presumption is the majority of commercial pet foods on the market today deliver the right amounts of all the essential nutrients your pet needs for good health.

However, a number of nutrition-related diseases have become prevalent in dogs and cats in recent years.

Seizure disorders in pets are on the rise, and research indicates vitamin and mineral deficiencies could be among the causes. Nutrients found in short supply in pets suffering from epilepsy are vitamins A, B6 and D, calcium, folic acid, magnesium, taurine and zinc.

The number of autoimmune disorders in dogs and cats is exploding, and balanced, species-appropriate nutrition is the foundation for a strong immune system. Nutrients that play an important role in immune function include vitamins B6 and E, linoleic acid, zinc and selenium.

Selenium is a trace mineral that when obtained from whole food or in chelated form is a disease fighter, but in manufactured form – specifically the sodium selenite found in some multivitamins – can cause cancer in high doses.

But the Pet Food I Buy Says ‘Complete and Balanced’ Right on the Label

The truth is there’s not a lot of solid science behind the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) certification of pet foods as ‘complete and balanced.’ AAFCO’s Nutrient Profiles are all we’ve got, and we are thankful we have some guidelines – but they have significant limitations pet owners need to recognize.

The problem is obvious. Inexpensive pet foods containing very low percentages of rendered meat by-products and very high percentages of grains are certified ‘complete and balanced’ right along with premium formulas made from human-grade ingredients and biologically appropriate ratios of high quality protein, fat and moisture. And all have synthetic vitamins and minerals added.

Based on just this one example, it’s clear that while the AAFCO Nutrient Profiles for dogs and cats have helped to develop some minimum standards for pet food production, they don’t address the quality of ingredients, or the digestibility, palatability or bioavailability of nutrients.

To demonstrate, Dr. Jean Hofve, a holistic veterinarian and renowned expert on pet nutrition, in an article written for The Whole Dog Journal and republished here gave this example:

“One critic of this method of feed formulation designed a “food” that met all the AAFCO nutrient profile requirements – even though the food was primarily formulated from old shoe leather, sawdust and motor oil with a multi-vitamin-mineral supplement.

Obviously, there would be no guarantee that any animal would eat such a food, or could digest it, even though it contained all the vitamins, minerals, protein, fat, etc. that the nutrient profiles required.”

In an effort to compensate for the limitations of the nutrient profiles, AAFCO included a ‘safety factor,’ which involved exceeding the minimum amount of nutrients necessary to meet ‘complete and balanced’ requirements.

So although AAFCO sets a minimum level of vitamins and minerals required to sustain life, they haven’t set a maximum amount. Many pet owners assume their pet’s dry food is probably deficient and add additional vitamins and minerals on a daily basis, dramatically increasing the risk for hypervitaminosis and toxicosis.

Dr. Hofve continues:

“In the case of minimum requirements without a corresponding maximum, some foods contain significant nutrient excesses that may actually be dangerous in the long run.

The Kentucky feed control officials analyzed test data from all pet foods tested during 1994 and 1995, and found that certain nutrients, such as magnesium, iron, and manganese, were present in most dry dog and puppy foods at 200-400 percent or more of their AAFCO Nutrient Profile values.

Their conclusion: the AAFCO profile for certain nutrients is not a reasonable indicator of the actual level present in many products. An excess of many minerals, including copper, magnesium, iodine, and iron, may produce signs of toxicity over time. Excess iodine, for instance, is thought to be one factor contributing to the explosion of hyperthyroidism among older cats.”

AAFCO also uses feeding tests to standardize pet food formulas.

The protocol for these tests is a six-month feeding trial involving as few as eight test subjects, and the goal is only to determine whether a formula can sustain life in test participants. Only six of the eight animals need to finish the trial, and if weight and certain blood tests are normal, the food is deemed ‘complete and balanced.’

Needless to say, six pets still alive at the end of six months is hardly a ringing endorsement for a ‘complete and balanced’ pet food formula.

These trials are simply not a good measure of a food’s ability to cause nutritional deficiencies or overdoses over a longer period, nor can they demonstrate the food’s impact on longevity, reproduction or multi-generational health.

If You’re Concerned About the Nutritional Status of Your Dog or Cat …

There are many ways you can take action to improve the quality of nutrients you feed your pet.

My first recommendation is to locate a holistic veterinarian who is willing to partner with you to achieve your goal of better nutrition for your dog or cat.

A holistic vet will not only help you sort through options for feeding your pet, but can also recommend specific supplements based on your dog’s or cat’s breed, size, weight, age, health status and other factors.

Keep in mind you want to nourish your pet primarily through balanced, species-appropriate real food rather than depending on dietary supplements. And when it comes to supplements, it’s never a good idea to try to guess what your pet’s body requires over and above what she’s getting through the meals you feed her. Making sure you are following a balanced recipe is important, as nutrient deficiencies can be just as harmful as excessive supplementation over time.

Your holistic vet is in a position to advise you on supplementation, when needed — especially if you’re just starting out on your journey — and will also be able to answer your questions about the quality of various supplements, whole vs. synthetic vitamins for example.

If you’re curious about how to feed your pet homemade food, I’ve co-authored a book on the subject called Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats. This book is written with all pet owners in mind, including:

  • Those who are thinking about switching from store bought pet food to homemade.
  • Those who cook homemade pet meals and are considering moving to raw.
  • Pet parents who feed raw and are looking for recipe suggestions or shopping and storage tips.

There are also many articles and videos right here at MercolaHealthyPets.com on the subject of pet nutrition, as it is my firm belief good nutrition is the foundation for good health. Clicking the related article links below is a great place to begin your exploration.

You can also visit The DogSmith Website, here you will find links and information to a holistic dog and cat food, a full array of vitamins and minerals and other premium pet products.

Dr. Becker is the resident proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian of HealthyPets.Mercola.com. You can learn holistic ways of preventing illness in your pets by subscribing to MercolaHealthyPets.com, an online resource for animal lovers. For more pet care tips, subscribe for FREE to Mercola Healthy Pet Newsletter.

Understanding Pet Food Labels

What is Guaranteed Analysis?

We love our dogs and cats. We buy them gourmet treats, designer apparel and lavish them with our time, love and attention. They share our lives, our woes and are by our side throughout all of our ups and downs. They are purely and simply an important part of our family. But how many of us stop to think about what we are really feeding them until it becomes a front page headline or a news alert on the web about yet another food safety recall?

Pet nutritional experts believe that our dogs and cats have the genetic potential to live up to 20 years, yet many of our four legged family members are considered long in the tooth if they reach eleven or twelve. The National Institute on Aging (2006) has stated that the average human life expectancy has almost doubled in the last century mostly due to improvements in nutrition and the control of disease. Maybe it is time to expect the same for our pets. As we demand more from our own food source we should be asking the same tough questions about our pet’s food.

Where is our pet food prepared? Is it a USDA certified facility? Are the ingredients ‘cast-offs’ from our food supply chain rejected because of their poor quality or are they human grade quality? Has the food been prepared using chemicals such as BHA and BHT, known carcinogens, and Ethoxyquin, a rubber stabilizer? Last of all, who from the company we buy our pet food from, can we talk to for advice and honest answers concerning the nutritional welfare of our pets?

Most people are surprised when they learn that the pet food industry, a multi million-dollar industry, came about during World War II. Cereals and grain considered waste from factories was bagged and sold as pet food. The industry then evolved as manufacturers recognized that to ensure animals were not undernourished they would have to incorporate meat into their products; meat that had been rejected from our food supply chain due to its poor nutritional quality, dubious source, condition or health risk.

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