Pretty shocking right? It appears unless you know how to read these labels and understand the key terms it’s almost like you are set up to be deceived in a sense. Brands that use the “flavor” rule that contains phrases such as Beef Flavor need to have something in their food that they can trace to the beef flavoring. For example, an ingredient that says beef and bone meal doesn’t mean it actually has to have meat in it. You may be familiar with some of these ingredients: corn, wheat, soy, by-products. Well, I bet you didn’t know these little fun facts about them. Corn turns directly into sugar in a dog’s body. Wheat is the number one food allergen. Soy can cause endocrine disruptions. By-products contain nasty parts of the meat that, most of the time, are a complete mystery to the consumer. With meat meals labeled on the back of your furry friend’s food, this can include rendered meats. What are rendered meats? I will tell you but be prepared. According to a CRS, Congressional Research Service, letter to Congress four D meats can include dead, diseased, dying, or disabled animals. What’s even more disturbing is another CRS report to Congress said that rendered meats can include deceased animals from animal shelters and you wouldn’t exactly know because the ingredients only say meat by-products leaving it as a mystery. Yuk!