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I emailed Purina the other day about their Bonio biscuits containing meat and animal derivatives and here's what they had to say. The reason I emailed them is I'm finding it quite tricky, in the UK, to find regular dog biscuits that don't contain some form of derivatives. There are certain brands that make them but they're either really expensive or only available on the Internet (then you have to pay postage costs!)

Anyway, here's what they had to say:

Dear Mr Green

Thank you for contacting us regarding the ingredients used in our Bonio biscuits.

Firstly, we would like to reassure you that the safety and reliability of our products is and has always been of paramount importance. Our raw materials are carefully selected for the contribution they will make to the nutritional value, quality and palatability of the product.

All of the ingredients used in our products are only sourced from animals, which have been inspected and passed as fit for human consumption. Meat and animal derivatives refers to protein sources other than the named flavour ingredient and can include beef, pork, rabbit and poultry. They may consist of fresh, frozen or dried ingredients not entering the human food chain, either because of surplus in this chain or from parts of the animal not normally consumed by humans, such as darker meats in poultry, heart, liver and muscle. Specified risk material, such as spinal columns and brain have been removed and eliminated and are therefore not used in the production process. Similarly, animal corpses and materials from animals with infection are excluded. However bone is used as it provides a good source of calcium and phosphorus.

Furthermore, our complete diets and treats are designed to ensure that your pet receives the correct amount of nutrients to meet their requirements according to the guidelines set out by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). The inclusion of meat and animal derivatives, therefore, is essential to ensure a complete and balanced diet.

With regards to your second enquiry, after consultation with the relevant department we can confirm we currently have no plans to change the formulation or recipe of this product.

We hope that this information has been helpful and may we suggest that you also visit the Pet Food Manufacturers Association website . The PFMA, of which Purina PetCare is a leading member, is an independent regulatory organization providing information on pet food production and labelling.
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