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"Under the "flavor" rule, a specific percentage [of the "flavor" ingredient] is not required, but a product must contain an amount sufficient to be able to be detected. There are specific test methods, using animals trained to prefer specific flavors, which can be used to confirm this claim. In the example of "Beef Flavor Dog Food," the word "flavor" must appear on the label in the same size, style and color as the word "beef." The corresponding ingredient may be beef, but more often it is another substance that will give the characterizing flavor, such as beef meal or beef by-products."
Whole article here
If your dog has dietary restrictions, it is imperative that you read and understand each individual ingredient listed on any product you give him - never just look at the front of the bag and guess. Organs are very common in pet foods because they are not as in-demand in human markets, and they have to go somewhere. Even the catch-all "by-products" can be organs.
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