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What is the Animal Product?

As the world grows larger and the population grows faster, the consumption of food increases rapidly. Animal feed is the dominant force in the world. It is these businesses that make the highest income

An animal product is any material derived from the body of an animal.

Examples are fat, flesh, blood, milk, eggs, and lesser known products, such as isinglass and rennet. Animal by-products, as defined by the USDA, are products harvested or manufactured from livestock other than muscle meat. Whether it’s something obvious such as meat, or perhaps a surprising case like plywood, many of the goods we buy contain ingredients that fall under the category of “animal products” or “animal byproducts.”

The list of specific parts and substances include:

fat

meat

skin

organs

blood

milk

eggs

hair

bones

hooves

rennet (the stomach contents of an unweaned animal, usually a calf)

gelatin (usually comes from collagen in various animal body parts)

Jell-O (protein derived from skin and bones of certain animals)

In addition to the uses listed above, animal byproducts can serve as materials for leather and other textiles, pet food, animal feed, industrial lubricants, biodiesel fuel and medicine, among many other purposes. Despite these examples, it’s also common for people to eat certain animal byproducts such as pig ears and feet. Several cultures rely on these parts for certain dishes.

Europeans, however, have different ideas about animal byproducts. The European Commission defines “animal by-products hyphenation and acronyms vary by country and region as “materials of animal origin that people do not consume.”

We consume and utilize numerous products from animals. Meat, milk and eggs are the most well- known,