Are there any parts of a pig that cannot be used?

Readers question: Are there any parts of the pig that cannot be used?

‘Nose to tail’ advocates believe the only part of the pig you can’t eat is the squeal. However, some of the by-products are classified as inedible such as:
  • Bones/nails - these are ground up to use in fertilisers and minerals for feed.
  • Hair - this is processed into brushes and upholstery.
  • Stomach – this is processed into pharmaceutical products.

To also mention, the lard is edible but can also be used in the production of shaving creams, soaps and make-up. The intestines (runners) can be processed into sausage casing.

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