HACCP in the Pet Food Industry - 7 Principles for brand protection
White Paper

HACCP in the Pet Food Industry

White Paper

7 principals to help pet food manufacturers ensure product safety and brand protection

HACCP in the Pet Food Industry
HACCP in the Pet Food Industry

This White Paper explains why pet food safety has become a major issue globally and how statutory bodies are increasingly legislating for pet food quality, vigilance and safety. It goes on to explain that HACCP has been identified as the best approach to minimize the risk of contaminated pet food reaching retailers' shelves.

HACCP has been used for decades to identify, evaluate and control safety hazards in human foods and is now being used to make dramatic improvements in pet food safety. Animal feed and pet food manufacturers must understand the seven core principals of HACCP and the actions necessary to ensure compliance.

The white paper focuses on the following areas in detail:

  • Why has pet food safety become a major issue?
  • How is the pet food market changing?
  • What is HACCP and why is it being adopted for pet food?
  • How can HACCP be used as a competitive advantage?

A final appendix on the legislation and guidance shaping the pet food industry has also been included for reference.

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In recent years, pet food safety has come under the increasing attention of national authorities. The Chinese government has approved new food safety laws aimed at raising standards at every level of production. Legislation introduces control in production, processing, sale and supervision of all food products, including pet foods.

In the USA, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) launched a Reportable Food Registry requiring feed and pet food companies to report incidents of adulteration, with HACCP identified as the best approach to pet food safety. In addition, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) also requires that pet foods, like human foods, are safe to eat, produced under sanitary conditions, contain no harmful substances, and are truthfully labelled.

Furthermore, European Community regulations now extend to pet food too. Animal feed businesses are required to apply the principles of a HACCP system, "The general implementation of procedures based on the principles of hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), which, together with the application of good hygiene practice, should reinforce feed business operators’ responsibility." EC Reg 183/2005.

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