|Barked: Thu Aug 16, '12 10:37pm PST |
|Recalls are very scary...especially after the terrible effect of the Menu Foods related recall of 2007. I think Nutro learned some painful and very important lessons back in 2007, but they did learn and have made important changes. As someone else already shared, their foods are now produced exclusively in Nutro owned/operated facilities. And quality and safety isn't just an advertising slogan...please note this recent press article from the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA), related to a new inspection/certification program for pet food production:
First Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program Certificates Issued
12 Jul 2012
by: Leslie Malone
ARLINGTON, Va., July 12, 2012 -- The American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) is pleased to announce that Eurofins Scientific Inc. (ESI), an independent third-party auditor, has issued the first three Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program certificates. This voluntary, third-party facility certification program is designed specifically for companies manufacturing pet food or pet food ingredients. The Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program (PFMFCP) and the Pet Food Ingredient Facility Certification Program (PFIFCP) were developed by AFIA’s pet food and quality committees with input from third-party food safety experts.
These two certification programs build upon AFIA’s domestic Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program which was launched in 2004 for the feed industry. The new programs are designed to monitor the process controls specifically related to the manufacturing of pet food and should meet and in some parts exceed the anticipated requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act. AFIA is seeking FDA recognition of these programs and encourages FDA to use these programs in their risk assessment of the industry for inspection priorities.
“AFIA sees these programs as a model for the entire pet food industry,” explained Joel G. Newman, AFIA’s president and CEO. “The third-party audit follows principles laid out in both the FDA’s current Good Manufacturing Practices as well as the basic principles of HACCP.”
The first Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program certificates have been issued and granted to The Nutro Company’s Kansas City, Mo., Victorville, Calif., and Lebanon, Tenn. facilities by ESI.
You can read more about AFIA certification at:
http://www.afia.org/AFIA/NewsAndPress/NewsReleases/2012Archived NewsReleases/2012SingleNewsPage/12-07-12/first_pet_food_manufacturin g_facility_certification_program_certificates_issued.aspx
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