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FOOD SAFETY

"By participating in a third-party
program, such as this one, we
were able to take an objective
look at our systems and
know we are competent in
manufacturing a safe, quality
product for our customers."
Ken Rod, The F.L. Emmert Company

Ken Rod is the
sixth generation of
the Emmert family
who leads the
manufacturing and
quality programs as
vice president
of operations.
The F.L. Emmert Company

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Over the years, he has seen the FSC32 program
change significantly. "The first year we participated,
the audit was fairly straightforward. I believe they
may even have allowed for recertification to be done
via a self-audit at one time," Rod says. "Since then, the
code and guidelines have evolved to be much better
aligned with GFSI [Global Food Safety Initiative]
standards, which has resulted in a much more thorough and robust program."
The FSC32 certification is the only food safety certification specific for pet food that is benchmarked
with the GFSI, meaning it meets internationally
accepted standards for food safety within the
food retail industry. Rod adds that participating
in a GFSI-benchmarked or similar program is an
"effective start" for companies looking to come into
compliance with new federal regulations, such as the
Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).
"While FSC32 may not match a new or existing federal regulation exactly, the general principles still apply. Both FSC32 and FSMA include elements relating
to hazard analysis, preventive controls and integration of CGMPs [Current Good Manufacturing
Practices]," Rod says. "While the specific verbiage of
a regulation may vary from FSC32, it can certainly act
as a valuable guide toward compliance."
The FSC32 audit is different from other animal feed
audits in that it also includes a focus on microbial
control, a concern for pet food manufacturers and
ingredient suppliers.
While there are certainly other pet food certification programs out there that contain different elements than the FSC32 program offers, Rod believes

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this program is "absolutely effective in its mission to
'go beyond existing regulations to maximize food and
feed safety.'" This is one reason F.L. Emmert continues
to renew its certification year-after-year.
"It's true that it takes a significant amount of time
to pull together resources and materials for the annual
certification renewal, but we look at this type of certification/program as a cost of doing business," Rod
says. "We have a responsibility to uphold food safety
standards and programs like FSC32 help mitigate the
potential risk, which has immeasurable savings."
When it comes down to it, Rod said if pet food
manufacturers or ingredient suppliers are considering pursuing FSC32 certification, they should do
their homework by learning more about what the
program entails to see if it aligns with what they're
trying to accomplish and talk to vendors and customers to gauge their thoughts and experiences with
the program. "But if you're looking for an objective,
independent validation of your food safety program,
FSC32 certification needs to at least be a consideration," Rod says.
As the company looks forward, it holds true to one
of its founding principles from Fred L. Emmert: "Do
the right and proper thing for all concerned, fairly
and honestly."
While the FSC32 and SF/SF certification programs
are just one way the company verifies its operations
are in check, its commitment to third-party verification shines through in the integrity of the products it
delivers to its customers.
Learn more about the SF/SF and FSC32 certification programs at www.safefeedsafefood.org.
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CONTENTS
OFF THE LEASH - FEAR FREE
TRENDS - IN THE HOUSE
PLANT PROFILE - THE MEAT OF THE METRICS
FOOD SAFETY - VERIFIED ACCOUNTABILITY
INGREDIENTS - DEFINING CHELATION AND ENCAPSULATION
FORMULATION - FULL DISCLOSURE
EQUIPMENT - EXTRUSION INNOVATION
ON THE MOVE
OPERATIONS - CONTROL ISSUES
PACKAGING - MEDLEY OF MEALS
BEST IN SHOW
PATENTS TO PONDER
EVENTS
SIT, STAY, READ
AD INDEX
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - CONTENTS
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - TRENDS - IN THE HOUSE
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - INGREDIENTS - DEFINING CHELATION AND ENCAPSULATION
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - FORMULATION - FULL DISCLOSURE
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - EQUIPMENT - EXTRUSION INNOVATION
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - OPERATIONS - CONTROL ISSUES
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - BEST IN SHOW
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - PATENTS TO PONDER
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PET Food Processing - June 2019 - EVENTS
PET Food Processing - June 2019 - SIT, STAY, READ
PET Food Processing - June 2019 - AD INDEX
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