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FOOD SAFETY

An arsenal of testing
methods are employed
to test ingredients
for moisture, nutrient
composition and
concentration, quality,
adulteration, and other
potential food
safety risks.
PerkinElmer, Inc.

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Gold Shield™ refined chicken fat to the pet food industry.
"These include, but are not limited to, supplier verification
audits, third-party lab testing and regular internal tests. All
these items occur on an ongoing basis."
Suppliers may be required to provide a safety data sheet
(SDS), which is most helpful during transportation.
"Each product for each shipment needs to have a safety
data sheet," said Fred Molenaar, quality assurance manager,
Zinpro Performance Minerals, Eden Prairie, Minn. "It's a
description of the product and any possible hazards - and
these are more like hazards for humans that come with
handling and shipment."
Commonly used federal and global standards include
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP), Safe
Food/Safe Feed (SFSF) and FAMI-QS certifications.
"FAMI-QS is the international quality and feed safety
management system for specialty ingredients for animal
feed and pet food," said Mike Wright, director of operations, business development, D&D Ingredient Distributors,
Inc., Delphos, Ohio.
Molenaar said FAMI-QS released a new version of its
standard, requiring suppliers to provide information on
certain processes or treatments used before it is shipped
to a manufacturer. For ingredients sourced internationally, FSMA requires manufacturers to go through a Foreign
Supplier Verification Program (FSVP) to ensure food safety
and quality compliance with United States standards.

"Never assume
'business as usual'
because unexpected
variations and
disruptions in supply
chains do occur and
can affect downstream
ingredient and product
characteristics."
Mike Wright, D&D Ingredient Distributors

Many means to an end

Ingredient suppliers and manufacturers develop and follow
their own procedures, which often account for specifications and requirements that are unique to that company
and product, to provide consistency in their ingredient
validation efforts.
"Before any ingredient is ever used, the supplier must
pass our supplier approval process, as well as provide
specifications and samples for us to evaluate to ensure
the ingredient is up to our standards," said Natalie Asaro,
companion animal nutritionist, Petcurean, Chilliwack,
British Columbia.
D&D Ingredient Distributors requires all suppliers to
provide a letter of compliance and, in some cases, complete
its supplier questionnaire and feed safety agreement, every
two years. This applies to all supplier locations, including
new facilities from which ingredients are sourced or processed, and ensures compliance with FDA regulations, such
as for restricted use protein products, as well as with FSMA.
"Our suppliers are documented, reviewed, evaluated and
approved by our supplier approval team prior to an ingredient purchase," Wright said. "This team consists of seven
members who come from production, operations, purchasing, formulation and quality."
Petsource by Scoular, an Omaha, Neb.-based supplier
of freeze-dried proteins for pet foods, uses a holistic risk
assessment to validate ingredients.
"The assessment has several risk-based categories intrinsic to food safety and quality, including but not limited to
microbiological risk, chemical risk, food defense and geographic location," said Steven Moore, director, food safety,
quality and innovation, Petsource. "Additionally, a review
of the supplier's food fraud and nutritional programs is included as a key category in the assessment."
Some pet food and ingredient manufacturers will also

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