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Offal /ˈɒfəl/[1], also called, especially in the United States, variety meatsor organ meats, refers to the internal organs and entrails of a butcheredanimal. The word does not refer to a particular list of edible organs, which varies by culture and region, but includes most internal organs other thanmuscle and bone. As an English mass noun, the term "offal" is used in the same form for singular and plural. Some cultures shy away from offal as food, while others use it as everyday food, or in delicacies.

Some offal dishes are considered gourmet food in international cuisine. This includes foie graspâté and sweetbreads. Other offal dishes remain part of traditional regional cuisine and may be consumed especially in connection with holidays. This includes Scottish haggis, Jewish chopped liver, Southern U.S. and African-American chitterlings, as well as many other dishes. Intestines are used as casing for sausages, although cheaper types may use artificial casing.

Depending on the context, offal may refer to those parts of an animal carcass discarded after butchering or skinning; it may also refer to the by-products of milled grains, such as corn or wheat.[2]. Offal not used directly for human or animal food is often processed in a rendering plant, producing material that is used for fertilizer or fuel; or in some cases, it may be added to commercially produced pet food.

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