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QUALITY
Why going out-of-house can reduce processor
headaches and boost the bottom line.
By Victoria Broehm, director of communications, American Feed Industry Association | VBroehm@afia.org

Processors can avoid
the added challenges of managing
chemical reagents
and environmental
safety by relying on
third-party providers
for product testing.
Sosland Publishing

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Keeping America's 135 million dog and cat food bowls
filled with quality, safe food is a key tenet of operations
for US pet food manufacturers, which churn out roughly 9.8 million tons of pet food annually. Before this pet
food goes to market, many manufacturers work with
third-party laboratories to test their products to ensure
they are safe and meet the nutritional specifications
listed on their package labels, in accordance with federal
and state regulations.
Independent labs provide a valuable service to pet
food manufacturers by gathering dozens of scientific
data points on both the ingredients used and finished

products themselves. In a world where customers are
looking for more information about the food and treats
they choose to purchase for their pets, these labs also
provide manufacturers a way to stand behind the integrity of their products.
Some pet food manufacturers conduct this work inhouse, as that is what best fits their production model
and capabilities. But others, where this is not an option, may opt to go out-of-house. The American Feed
Industry Association (AFIA), which represents a diverse
membership of feed and pet food manufacturers and ingredient suppliers, recently spoke with Dan Rice, senior
director, quality assurance, research and development,
Perfection Pet Foods, a member of AFIA, on why he sees
value in using third-party labs.
"Third-party testers are independent arbiters of your
production, which applies some rigor into the product
release process," Rice said. "Afterwards, you have the results of the tests in hard copy - an independent opinion
of your production."
Perfection Pet Foods, a California-based company,
has been manufacturing pet food for private labels for
the past seven years and has used third-party testing
Maintaining a steady relationship with a testing supplier offers a
historic perspective on the manufacturer from the accumulated
data that is provided. Sosland Publishing

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