Petfood Industry recently published an article exploring the challenges pet food companies face in obtaining pet food safety certifications and why those certifications are important to the health of the industry and consumers alike.
While all pet food manufacturers in the United States are required to adhere to the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FMSA) to ensure their food is produced safely, many voluntary seek additional certifications from other third party organizations to maintain high levels of safety and quality assurance. Obtaining additional certification carries the benefit of being able to advertise a higher level of quality to customers, but, according to many in the industry, bigger benefits come from reduced risk for consumers and downstream partners.
“Having a third-party food safety certification validates the design and implementation of the food safety system and provides opportunities to look for any room for improvements in the system. We don’t just see it as a competitive advantage; we want to get food safety right for everyone, not just for us. If there’s a recall, for example, it doesn’t matter where it originates from — the whole industry suffers.”
— Gayan Hettiarachchi, Director of Food Safety, Champion Petfoods
To see the challenges pet food makers are up against in reaching for higher standards — as well as what’s at stake if they don’t — check out the full article on petfoodindustry.com.