There are two classifications of pet food and pet food ingredients – human grade or feed grade. The legal requirements of human grade classified pet foods are 100% human edible ingredients and supplements and manufactured in a licensed human food facility. Some pet foods include human grade ingredients, but are manufactured in a licensed pet food facility. In pet food, it’s all or nothing. To make a human grade claim on the label, all legal requirements must be met. If not, the pet food is classified as feed grade.
The legal requirements of feed grade classified pet foods are significantly less. Ingredients can be human edible quality or they can be inedible – even condemned/adulterated. (To learn more about human grade and feed grade pet food requirements – Click Here.)
It’s easy to think that because of the legal requirements of human grade, these pet foods would be significantly more expensive than feed grade. Aim…
As a comparison, Open Farm Turkey & Chicken Grain Free dry (kibble) dog food is made with human grade ingredient meats sourced from certified humanely raised animals.
This dog food sells for $5.78 per pound.
But another poultry based kibble dog food – whose website states meat ingredients are sourced from free range chicken – costs A LOT more. Almost 7 times more.
Pupper Fuel Chicken Recipe kibble dog food sells for $39.99 for a one pound package.
The most expensive feed grade kibble dog food we found was a venison protein pet food from ZiwiPeak.
ZiwiPeak Venison Recipe kibble dog food sells for $44.88 for a one pound bag.
As a comparison, The Honest Kitchen offers a human grade dry cat food – manufactured with human grade ingredients in a human food manufacturing facility.
The Honest Kitchen Whole Food Clusters Grain-Free Chicken Dry (kibble) cat food costs $7.99 for a 1 pound bag.
Another poultry based kibble cat food – however this is a feed grade cat food – sells for almost 4 times more.
ZiwiPeak Air-Dried Chicken Recipe kibble cat food sells for $27.58 for a 14 ounce bag – or $31.52 per pound.
The most expensive feed grade kibble cat food we found was a venison protein food also from ZiwiPeak.
Ziwi Peak Air-Dried Venison Recipe cat food sells for $38.48 for a 14 ounce bag – or $43.97 per pound.
Wishing you and your pet the best –
Pet Food Safety Advocate
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