Posted: July 20, 2012, 3:15 p.m. EDT
The Nutro Co. of Nashville, Tenn., has become the nation’s first pet food maker to be certified under the American Feed Industry Association’s Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program.
Nutro secured certificates for its plants in Kansas City, Mo., Victorville, Calif., and Lebanon, Tenn.
The certification program builds on existing Food and Drug Administration regulations through a 32-point safety audit. The audit covers everything from ingredient monitoring to microbial control to finished product analysis, said Monica Barrett, Nutro’s corporate affairs manager.
|The Nutro Co. of Nashville, Tenn., has become the nation’s first pet food maker to be certified under the American Feed Industry Association’s Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program.
The program is voluntary and is done independently by Eurofins Scientific, a leader in food and pharmaceutical products testing and food safety audits.
What do the certifications mean for Nutro?
“Our ability to be the first company to receive Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification confirms the unsurpassed safety standards of our all-company-owned food manufacturing facilities and verifies that pet parents and pet care professionals can be highly confident in our products,” Barrett said.
“The American Feed Industry Association developed the [program] in response to independent research it conducted that polled both the pet owner and veterinary communities, both of which revealed a lack of overall confidence in the way pet food is manufactured today,” she added.
In relatednews, Nutro and Mars Petcare US recently broke ground on an $87 million, 90-acre pet food product innovation center in Thompson’s Station, Tenn.
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