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➥WHY PET FOOD SAFETY PROGRAMS ARE VITAL TO INDUSTRY PROGRESS
safety certifications have added another
layer, endorsing food safety management systems on the basis of objective,
evidence-based audit systems based on
ISO auditing standards.
"Having a third-party food safety
certification validates the design and
implementation of the food safety
system and provides opportunities to
look for any room for improvements
in the system," said Hettiarachchi.
"We don't just see it as a competitive
advantage; we want to get food safety
right for everyone. If there's a recall, it
doesn't matter where it originates from
- the whole industry suffers."
That validation isn't limited to pet
food manufacturers. Suppliers also
understand and accommodate the focus
on food safety, gaining third-party
certifications as a way to work with
their customers as well as keep track of
their internal food safety processes.
"The major certification we see
that most people want is something
accredited by GFSI (the Global Food
Safety Initiative), whether that's BRC
(British Retail Consortium) accredited
or FSC22000 certified or something
else," said Jim Mann, global antioxidant product manager for the pet food
and rendering technologies division
of Kemin Industries. "When we get
audits from pet food manufacturers,
that's really what they want to see -
they want to see how we're imple-
menting that. I think beyond that you
have, when you trade globally, most of
the companies that export to Europe
How suppliers can meet
manufacturer food safety
The benefits of third-party pet
food safety certifications
want to see FAMI-QS (the Quality
and Safety System for Specialty Feed
Ingredients) certification. Today those
are the big things that we see."
Challenges of pet food
Industry experts on the manufacturing side and the supplier side said
there are challenges to gaining and
implementing food safety certifications, but that most of the pressure
comes from within.
"The pressure to gain third-party
food safety certifications mostly comes
from within our organization," said
Hettiarachchi. "There are instances
where customers, different export
regulators, insurance companies, financial auditors and even bankers request
third-party food safety certifications."
Being proactive rather than reactive
can allow a company to stay ahead of a
game that is increasingly demanding.
"I think a lot of the industry has
taken a step beyond certifications to see
how you're managing your quality,"
said Mann. "They want to see that
you're doing internal audits and that
you're having external audits, as well.
Beyond internal pressures, there
are logistical factors that can make pet