Mike Compton is vice president of operations at Precise’s parent company, Texas Farm Products Company, and is responsible for the operations, quality assurance and nutritional content of our pet food. Each month on the blog, he shares how we keep our pet food safe and healthy. Read past Quality Time blog posts here.
Not surprisingly, the Food and Safety Modernization Act affects the pet food industry as well as the overall food production system. Fortunately for us, we’re happy to say the changes are minimal. We already had many of the new requirements in place, so we’re able to quickly adapt to meet new standards.
The new law requires that pet manufacturers have a Hazardous Assessment of Critical Control Points (HACCP) program in place. HACCP is a process that analyzes potential hazards. For example, when we receive a shipment of grains, they must meet our required standards. We test the grains, and as long as it fits our criteria, we continue with our process. If they do not fit our standard, it is in our plan to send them back.
Additionally, companies must solidify Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). This means that for every part of the production process, the company must have written step-by-step instructions on how to complete specific jobs, how to operate equipment and how the equipment should be maintained.
At Precise, we already had both the HACCP and GMP programs in place due to our American Institute of Baking certification, so we’re ahead of the curve.
In the end, the new regulations are going to put the pet food industry even more under the jurisdiction of the FDA, meaning more inspections. We are proud to say that the pet food industry is on its way to looking more and more like the food producing industry, which means more safe, high quality foods for your pets!