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  1. What Does SQF Certified Mean?

    Everything retailers and pet food brands need to know about this common label–and what questions you should be asking of your manufacturer. Pet food manufacturers often tout their SQF certification, and for good reason. SQF certification is a quick way to communicate a dedication to food safety and quality. But what does it really mean? And […]

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  2. Traceability in Pet Food Manufacturing: Where Safety Meets Marketability

    Pet food consumer trends and heightened regulatory oversight have made pet food traceability systems more important than ever.   A pet food manufacturer’s ability to trace product sources through the supply chain has always been a critical responsibility. However, due to recent changes in the industry, what once was a focus on concerns related to […]

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  3. The Case for Environmental Monitoring, an Optional but Valuable Component of Pet Food Safety

    As a reliable method of detecting salmonella, Listeria and other pathogens of concern, why is environmental monitoring (EM) only now garnering serious consideration from many pet food manufacturers? Although deemed by many to be the last line of defense against hidden and harmful pathogens, some pet food manufacturers had historically did not see the need […]

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  4. Ensuring Food Safety: 3 Questions to Ask Your Pet Food Manufacturer

    Whether your prospective partner has a sterling reputation or had a recent recall, it is prudent to dig a little deeper to confirm their current commitment to pet food safety standards.  When choosing a manufacturing partner for your pet food, you might begin your search like you would many things: with those who have the […]

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  5. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA): What It Means for Pet Food Manufacturing

    For the first time, pet food safety programs will be regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Find out what this means for your manufacturer — and your product.   Historically, the FDA’s oversight of pet food manufacturing has been limited. Similar to its role in managing the safety of human food, the […]

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  6. Just like Humans, Pets Need Vitamin A to Stay Happy and Healthy

    As an essential part of pet nutrition, Vitamin A is responsible for nurturing physical development, night vision, and supporting a healthy immune system in pets. When missing, it can cause deficiencies that could result in anything from muscle weaknesses to complete night blindness in the most severe cases.  The National Research Council Academy of Sciences […]

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  7. Pet Food Labeling Laws: 3 Trendy Claims That Could Land You in Hot Water

    Making claims about your kibble is no time to get creative. It’s a fine balance creating attractive packaging without misleading consumers – or raising red flags for regulators. Pet food consumers know their brands well. All it takes is one glance to recognize the familiar hue, eye-catching graphic or snappy slogan that hooked them in […]

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  8. Importing Pet Food Ingredients: What You Need to Know About International Third-Party Vendors

    Exotic ingredients have fueled the variety found in today’s pet food aisle, but when importing international ingredients, how can pet food brands ensure the safety and integrity of the end product? Duck from France, lamb from Australia, green-lipped mussels from New Zealand. These might sound like the specials at a five-star restaurant, but as human […]

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  9. Keeping Your Pet Food Compliant: Lessons from the 2016 AAFCO Update

    The latest AAFCO updates have prompted a wave of product reformulations and labeling changes. How can you ensure that your product is – and continues to be – AAFCO-compliant? The 2016 AAFCO Official Publication saw some much-anticipated changes to pet food nutrient profiles. For companies producing new products, this meant quickly adapting product specs to […]

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  10. 5 Foodie-Inspired Pet Food Trends

    How are Americans’ eating habits translating to the pet food aisle? Gluten-free. Organic. Ingredients we can pronounce. Human food has done a complete 180 in recent decades, turning its back on Spam®, Jell-O® and other culinary conveniences of yesteryear. Today’s Americans want their meals fresh, lean and made of interesting ingredients, harvested from the farm […]

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