- Posted by Mark Goins
- On November 15, 2016
- fsma, gmp, guaranteed analysis, pathogens
Due to the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), pet food now faces similar FDA regulations as human food. Companion animal food and treats are now subjected to Good Manufacturing Practices and Preventive Controls, just like the food you put on your table. The pet food industry has experienced recalls and alerts due to pathogen contamination in the last few years and in addition to the danger this poses to the pets themselves, incidents exist where children have handled contaminated pet food and have gotten sick as well. A great resource for pet food manufacturers for meeting regulatory standards is the Association of American Feed Control Officials or AAFCO. Q Laboratories, Inc has extensive experience working with pet products and can perform the guaranteed analysis as well as the microbiological testing, including pathogens. Environmental monitoring of manufacturing facilities is also a vital part of GMP compliance and designing effective Preventive Controls.