I know this is an old thread but I'd like to say a few words about Merrick if you don't mind........
I do know about the rendering plant (do you really think they are the only ones who use this in their pet food?) but I do want to clarify something posted earlier on this thread. I always thought Merrick made all their own food......somebody posted their canned was done by Menu. I looked it up on TPFL (thanks, Therese):
* Their only brand is Merrick
* No products made by Menu Foods
* All Merrick foods, dry, canned, and treats are made in their own facility.
* All ingredients are from the US
* Products do not contain wheat gluten
Not sure what's going on right now but I was under the impression that they did make their own food.
I have had Hannah on their canned (like Grammy's Pot Pie & Turducken........I recently purchased the cans of meat & water only), I've used BG dry a couple of times & I recently bought the little sample bags (dry) of Grammy's Pot Pie, Wilderness Blend & Turducken. She loves the GPP (loves the canned too), haven't opened others yet.
So far, Hannah likes all the canned & dry that I've given to her & I haven't seen any problems at all.
Far be it from me to defend any PFC........but if Hannah likes something & does well on it, I feel it's only fair to let people know. Plus, many people may stay away from the canned because they think Menu cans for them........I honestly don't know for sure but I think that's incorrect.
Correct me if I'm wrong. I don't mind.......