The broadening knowledge about pet animal nutrition and food technology enabled the industry to develop and diversify in leaps and bounds. The pet food industry is responsible, efficient and at the forefront of technology. This means that it can minimise the use of resources while maximising safety standards. The pet food industry constantly aims to meet its objectives in a manner which is responsible to society and the environment.
In March 2015 we launched a NEW pet food production animation - a great movie summarising the processes involved in dog and cat food production. Hope you like it!
The industry is highly regulated (see legislation) and follows a number of industry codes and guidance to help manufacturers fulfil their obligations to manufacture safe pet food.
EU Feed Hygiene Regulation ensures that feed safety is considered at all stages of the production for pet food. The rules laid down in the regulation were already covered in a number of pieces of legislation. The regulation summarises the requirements for hygiene, HACCP, facilities, storage, personnel and record-keeping.
In 2007 the EU Commission formally recognised the Fediaf (*) Guide to Good Practice for the Manufacture of Safe Pet Foods. (updated and validated by the EU Commission in March 2010)
The development of these Community guides to good practice is encouraged by the Feed Hygiene Regulation and they should ensure compliance with the hygiene and HACCP requirements of that Regulation.
(*) Fédération Européenne de l'Industrie des Aliments pour Animaux Familiers (European Pet Food Industry Federation)