Feathers instead of chicken meal...in your pet's food?

from www.TruthAboutPetFood.com:

"…a California-based feed company and a Ballwin commodities broker had been mis-labeling pet food ingredients for years, substituting lower-cost poultry feathers, ground into feather meal, and by products for premium ingredients, according to two guilty pleas entered in federal court in the last month.

The California company, Wilbur-Ellis Feed LLC, are likely to be placed on probation for three years later this year and pay out nearly $5.5 million, according to the company’s guilty plea.

As part of the plea, Wilbur-Ellis Feed admitted substituting lower-cost ingredients for premium, more expensive chicken and turkey meal in shipments from a plant in Rosser, Texas, to pet food manufacturers between June 2013 and May 2014. On one or more occasions, the plea says, that lower cost product was hydrolyzed poultry feathers or hydrolyzed feather meal, which consists of ground-up feathers."