Animal product

Animal product

Animal product, or animal by-product, is a term used to describe material taken from the body of a non-human animal. Examples are fat, flesh, blood, milk, eggs, and lesser known products such as isinglass and rennet.[1]

The term is generally not applied to products made from fossilized or decomposed animals, such as petroleum, which is formed from the ancient remains of marine animals. Crops grown in soil fertilized with animal remains are rarely characterized as animal products.

Several human diets prohibit the inclusion of some or all non-human animal products, including vegetarian, vegan, kosher, halaal, and the raw food diet.


Common animal products used for food

Non-food animal products


  1. ^ Nolle, Leo. 'Handbook of Analysis of Edible Animal By-Products. CRC press, 2009.

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