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Technical Tuesdays: Protect It - It's Going to Animal Food

Posted by Jeff Strout

January 10, 2017 at 1:00 PM

animal_food_blog.jpgYears ago, I was in a production facility, and a worker threw some trash into a barrel of product destined for a local pig farmer. The worker thought his actions were acceptable because of the common belief that pigs eat anything. 

Over the years, many production facilities have taken products and by-products failing to meet finished product specifications and have sold them to “pig farmers” or other animal food companies. As I witnessed, sometimes employees would throw foreign material into the “pig food” or “animal food” container. Often, this product would be offered for “free” to farmers, as long as they picked it up frequently. Commonly, these containers on the back dock or in a walk-in refrigerator would not be labeled. Workers would throw trash in them because they were not trained about the risk of mixing trash with potential animal feed. 

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Topics: Food Safety, Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Pet Food, FSMA, FSMA Compliance, Animal Food

Preventive Environmental Monitoring for Pet Food Facilities

Posted by Stephanie A. Wilkins

October 26, 2016 at 1:00 PM

shutterstock_177594395.jpgA picture taken in the early 1980s shows me at age 3 eating dog treats out of my grandparents’ food pantry. I think back on that picture and recognize how things have changed in the last 30+ years when it comes to Food Safety, most recently for the Pet Food Industry. Environmental Monitoring or Product Testing Programs rarely existed back then, and the few that did exist lacked planning. If I had gotten sick from consuming contaminated pet food, my parents or doctors would never have assumed eating dog food/treats caused it.

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Topics: Environmental Monitoring, Pet Food, EnviroMap, Pathogens, Preventive Environmental Monitoring

FDA Releases FSMA Preventive Controls for Animal Food

Posted by John Williams

September 11, 2015 at 10:30 AM

Pet Food FSMAThe FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule is now final, and compliance dates for some businesses begin in September 2016.

This final rule is the product of an unprecedented level of outreach by the FDA to industry, consumer groups, the agency’s federal, state, local and tribal regulatory counterparts, academia and other stakeholders. This outreach began before the rule was proposed in October 2013.

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Topics: Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Pet Food, FDA

Pet Food Safety: Front and Center For Consumers

Posted by Nick Price

March 27, 2015 at 9:15 AM

rebranding blogThe number of US homes with pets continues to rise, with approximately 85 million pet-owning households today. In addition, it is estimated that pet owners will spend nearly $23 billion dollars on food for their beloved companions this year alone.

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Topics: Pet Food, petfood forum 2015

Pet Food Vendor Monitoring Program

Posted by Stephanie A. Wilkins

February 20, 2015 at 8:52 AM

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As the world of food safety continues to evolve, especially in the area of microbiology, we are starting to see food safety standards continually expand outside human food products into pet foods and treats.  The focus on this market segment has increased due to several high profile recalls, most notably in dry pet food products.  This heightened scrutiny affords us the opportunity to evaluate food safety practices and processes to ensure the integrity of products intended for our furry companions. Fortunately, we have the processes and procedures in place to ensure pet food is as safe as our own!

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Topics: Pet Food

State of The Pet Food Industry - FSMA Update

Posted by Andy Bull

December 9, 2014 at 9:43 AM

THE INDUSTRY

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Ensuring the safety and quality of pet food in the United States continues to be a challenging and complex endeavor. Despite the highly regulated nature of the industry and pet food manufacturers’ best efforts, there are many challenges, such as the growing complexity of global supply chains, emerging contaminants and evolving regulatory, and customer requirements. With these challenges as a backdrop, several well-known incidents linked to microbiological hazards, natural toxins, and chemical contaminants have occurred in recent years.

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Topics: Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), Pet Food, GFSI


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