There are a lot of buzz words out there in pet food marketing, and one of the more recent ones is the term “human grade”. But what makes pet food “human grade”? Is it even possible for pet food to be “human grade”? Is it just a buzz word?
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) sums this up pretty well by saying that “this term has no definition in any animal feed regulations” and that “human grade does not automatically equal nutritional safety for pets”. In fact, they say further that “a product formulated for a pet is unlikely to be nutritionally adequate for a human and vice versa”.
It makes a lot of sense really. Our pets are biologically different from us humans, and, therefore, have different nutritional needs. All pet foods sold in the US are required to meet unique feed requirements that differ from human food requirements. What you really need to look at are the quality of ingredients used and how transparent your pet food company is. That’s why PURELUXE makes our nutritional information so easily accessible and why we offer transparency reports that go over the testing of every batch of food we sell.
That being said, there are definitely some human food connections to the ingredients in PURELUXE. Our meats for example come from the same farmers that raise animals for human consumption. Another example would be the probiotic BC30 which we use in our pet food formulas but is also used in human foods like yogurt. There are even more similarities that we could share.
So there you have it. Don’t trust buzz words. Research your pet’s food to learn if those nutritional and transparency standards meet the high standards that you and your pet have set.