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Podcast Transcript

Mystery meat! A disgusting idea for a person, but a scrumptious offering for a pet? Meal meal doesn’t deserve its scary reputation, and it is actually more balanced than a block of ground beef from the supermarket.

Nicole and Jez talk about what actually is in meat and bone meal, and why that isn’t as scary as it sounds.


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Sen, A., Santra, A. and Karim, S., 2004. Carcass yield, composition and meat quality attributes of sheep and goat under semiarid conditions. Meat Science, 66(4), pp.757-763.

Seong, P., Park, K., Cho, S., Kang, S., Kang, G., Park, B., Moon, S. and Ba, H., 2014. Characterization of Edible Pork By-products by Means of Yield and Nutritional Composition. Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources, 34(3), pp.297-306.

Thompson, A., 2008. Ingredients: Where Pet Food Starts. Topics in Companion Animal Medicine, 23(3), pp.127-132.

Outro music by Matt Charleston

About the hosts

Dr Nicole Su and Jez Watts

Dr Nicole Su is a veterinarian, Jez Watts is a comedian-biotechnologist, and together they discuss commonly misunderstood topics in the pet and vet world. They live with three rabbits that are their children.