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The possibility of online sales of frozen raw pet food concerned Henschen.
SRF Response – Our food is made in a plant that cost in excess of $400,000 to complete. We use Formax forming equipment to make patties and our own specially designed extrusion system to make the kibbles. This is the same kind of stainless steel equipment that is used for human food production. We use a production crew that has extensive experience in human food production and they use the same quality control procedures as those used in human food production. Our plant is certified by the state and sterilized after each production run. We agree that some RF producers may not have the experience and facilities that we do and that is why we feel we have the best raw food available. We sample our products and test them for salmonella, campylobacter and pesticides. We even wipe the plant equipment down with a sponge and run the same tests on the sponge to make sure the plant is always sanitary. We register our products each year with the states we ship product to and comply with their testing as well. I have 30 years in the commercial pet food business and I am making raw food because I realized what a poor job commercial pet food manufacturers were doing making canned and dry products. Our formulas were developed by Steve Brown with an extensive background in food nutrition with help from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine . We also have a PhD in animal nutrition at our disposal and use him for frequent consultation.
SRF states that their facility required $400,000. Although that is probably better than making and selling raw frozen pet foods from an unregulated kitchen, it does not compare to the investment required for other types of processing. For example, a modest extrusion facility today (producing all the garbage SRF claims they do) can easily cost $10 million. It uses "human grade" stainless steel equipment too. The various test procedures and registrations SRF describes are performed by most quality pet food manufacturers. So, the facts do not support their argument that the pet food industry has "poor standards" that somehow SRF has solved.
: Please keep your packages of pet food frozen, and thaw as needed.
Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Lamb Bites Frozen Pet Food
For some 25 years Dr. Wysong has alerted the public to the dangers of exclusively feeding heat processed pet foods. Not only is nutrient value diminished by heat, but a spectrum of toxins are created. Additionally, the singular feeding of processed pet foods has led to the spurious claim that is both logically and scientifically flawed. Entrepreneurs have seized upon this information to create a spate of raw frozen (RF) pet foods to capture a market niche and to fill the demand from consumers wanting a raw alternative to standard heat processed canned, semi-moist and dried pet foods. This market trend, as with most others, may begin with some truth (raw food is the best food) but gets distorted, if not perverted, once economic opportunity enters the picture. This paper will examine the rationale of these pet products, their economics, and dangers. A more intelligent and healthy alternative will be proposed.Producers With Only Kitchen Technology – Because of the minimal technology required to produce a RF pet food, essentially anyone regardless of credentials or expertise can bring a product to market. All one needs to do is grind and mix ingredients in a kitchen, package and put in a freezer. There are no controls over the conditions in the kitchen, the quality of the ingredients or the method of freezing. All these factors can dramatically influence the nutritional value and pathogenic and toxic content of the food. But being in a frozen state hides these potential dangers and therefore poses a threat to both pets and the humans who handle the foods. John Doe can make a food under unknown conditions and with unknown ingredients, label, package, freeze and deliver to consumers or stores without one single control monitoring or impeding the process. Regulators may eventually examine the label if they happen to see it in a store (they will never see it if shipped directly to consumers) and may object to some terminology or the like; but, all John needs to do is change the label and all will be well. The product could contain every manner of ingredient, be laced with virulent pathogens, and receive the -- of regulators … and into the market it goes.