Corn Gluten Meal (CGM)

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Infobox on Corn Gluten Meal (CGM)
Example of Corn Gluten Meal (CGM)
Origin -
Stowage factor (in m3/t) 1,8 m 3/t (as pellets in bulk)
Humidity / moisture -
Ventilation -
Risk factors See text

Corn Gluten Meal (CGM)


Corn gluten meal (often simply called CGM) is a byproduct of corn (maize) processing that has historically been used as an animal feed (take note that the expression gluten here is inexact; there is no true gluten in corn, but simply corn proteins. The expression "corn gluten" is colloquial jargon that describes corn proteins that are neither gliadin nor glutenin. Only wheat, barley, rye and oat contain true gluten which is formed by the interaction of gliadin and glutenin proteins).

CGM is used as an inexpensive protein source for pet foods. However, some dogs and cats may develop an allergy to corn after eating CGM for an extended amount of time. It is an especially good source of the amino acid cysteine, but must be balanced with other proteins for lysine. It is also used for livestock and poultry feeds.

It can also be used as an organic herbicide.

Shipment / Storage / Risk factors

Shipped in bags and drums. Affected by humidity.

See also Corn gluten pellets.