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Title: Ever heard of "Regrind" in Pet Food? Raises all kinds of ??, pls read
Post by: JJ on March 24, 2011, 02:10:23 PM
This is something probably few have even heard of, let alone know. Since many have had their beloved furry one become ill from a change in the pet food, without knowing there was a change, this raises all kinds of questions that deserve answers.

It seems pet food companies can "regrind" previous batches of kibble and add it back into new batches of pet food.  And Pet Parents are none the wiser.

http://www.truthaboutpetfood.com/articles/ever-heard-of-regrind-in-pet-food.html


Title: Re: Ever heard of "Regrind" in Pet Food? Raises all kinds of ??, pls read
Post by: Mandycat on March 24, 2011, 04:03:11 PM
I'm not seeing a problem here.  The information given by the individuals in the article mentioned several times that the product that was "reground" was added back to the same variety of food, but just in a subsequent run.  This is not product that ever leaves the plant.  It would have all the same ingredients in it as the batch that it was going to be mixed into so it shouldn't change anything at all.  IMO, it would be like making a batch of cookies and having some dough left, deciding to make more of the same type of cookies, so adding your leftover dough to the new batch of dough.  End result would be that all the cookies would be the same, so what's the problem?   :-\     


Title: Re: Ever heard of "Regrind" in Pet Food? Raises all kinds of ??, pls read
Post by: caylee on March 24, 2011, 04:23:14 PM
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AND she was told that it didn't matter what flavor or type of pet food the regrind was or what flavor or type of pet food the regrind is added to.  I was shocked (still am).

Mandycat,

This sounds like the 'reground' kibble is finished product, not just the raw ingredients left over from a previous batch of uncooked kibble. It also need not be the same flavor of kibble. Using your cookie dough example - it would be like adding ground up baked cookies (lets say ginger snaps) to a new batch of raw sugar cookie dough. The new cookies would not be pure sugar cookies. :D

Personally, I don't like this idea in pet food kibble.

Just my 2 cents worth.


Title: Re: Ever heard of "Regrind" in Pet Food? Raises all kinds of ??, pls read
Post by: bug on March 24, 2011, 05:47:29 PM
Well, that might explain why sometimes a food with no fish seems to have an allergic effect on my cats. Leavins from a different run in the mix. That's just irresponsible.


Title: Re: Ever heard of "Regrind" in Pet Food? Raises all kinds of ??, pls read
Post by: Mandycat on March 24, 2011, 06:12:23 PM
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AND she was told that it didn't matter what flavor or type of pet food the regrind was or what flavor or type of pet food the regrind is added to.  I was shocked (still am).

Mandycat,

This sounds like the 'reground' kibble is finished product, not just the raw ingredients left over from a previous batch of uncooked kibble. It also need not be the same flavor of kibble. Using your cookie dough example - it would be like adding ground up baked cookies (lets say ginger snaps) to a new batch of raw sugar cookie dough. The new cookies would not be pure sugar cookies. :D

Personally, I don't like this idea in pet food kibble.

Just my 2 cents worth.


Caylee,
I reread the article, and there seems to be two possible things that they do. One is to take product at the beginning and end of a run, while it is still wet, and include it back into the same product.  The other seems to be to take dry finished product and grind it and mix it into a new batch of the SAME product.  These dry ingredients would just mix into the new batch and, since it is the same flavor of product, there shouldn't be any difference.  I do not see in the replies to Susan any indication that products are "mixed", i.e. chicken mixed with fish, etc.  Perhaps she will get some more concrete information from some companies.   The quote you posted could be suspect since it was from "a friend of a friend of a friend".  The information that follows that Susan got from other people seems more credible, IMO.   :)


Title: Re: Ever heard of "Regrind" in Pet Food? Raises all kinds of ??, pls read
Post by: bug on March 25, 2011, 06:08:27 AM
I just quickly skimmed, so if that's the case, Mandycat, then, whew. It makes sense, though, because if they did mix runs of different food, they'd have to account for the ingredients on the bag.