|Ingredient Safety Checks|
The ingredients used to make pet food have a long history of safe use: meat, poultry, fish and their co-products; animal- and plant- based meals; grains, oilseeds, vitamins, minerals and other, more specialized ingredients.
Companies that supply ingredients are assessed by pet food companies. Even after suppliers are approved, incoming ingredients are tested according to company procedures. Companies develop proper handling procedures for ingredients as well as for finished products to avoid cross contamination, just like in the kitchen at home.
Sophisticated equipment often is used to closely monitor the production process to confirm that the desired parameters are met. Companies maintain records on production lots so they will be able to identify affected products in the unlikely event that an issue does occur.
Safety procedures do not end when a product leaves the manufacturing facility. Companies track customer feedback and respond to that feedback as appropriate, truly making safety a beginning-to-end commitment.
For a more detailed look at ingredients, check out the article Pet Food Ingredients Explored in the Spring 2012 issue of PFI Monitor.