Just last week, Roofus was feeling a little under the weather. I happened to mention this on my personal Facebook page and immediately received a slew of concerned messages from my friends asking about his food. These messages included links to some rather scary articles about dogs who had become sick after eating dog food items imported from China.
While I was concerned about what might be ailing Roofus, I felt very confident that it was not his food. I mentioned a while back that we had switched him to Rachael Ray Nutrish® Zero Grain™ dog food. So why was I so sure that his food was not at the root of whatever was bothering him? Nutrish dog food is made by Ainsworth Pet Nutrition®. which is the first pet food manufacturing company in the U.S. to receive a Facilities Food Safety audit rating of “Excellent” from the Safe Quality Foods (SQF) Level II auditing standard in accordance with the Global Food Safety Initiative.
I will let them explain their triple check system in their own words:
Ainsworth Triple Check System:
Because we are so committed to pet food safety, we have instituted The Ainsworth Pet Nutrition Triple Check System™. This system allows us to guarantee the safety of our products from the moment we purchase ingredients to the time we ship our products out the door. The Ainsworth Pet Nutrition Triple Check System is just one of the many fundamental things we do every day to ensure we meet our customers’ expectations of quality and safety.
Check One – Our Commitment to Ingredient Safety: Check One begins with our long-term relationships with our local and domestic suppliers. Our family’s team of sourcing experts have carefully chosen each and every one of these suppliers because, like us, they take pride in ensuring their ingredients are not only of the highest quality, but also safe for your pet’s overall health and well-being.
Check Two – Ensuring Product Accuracy: Check Two works across our entire operational system to ensure accuracy. Our team of experienced and dedicated employees continuously monitors and verifies every step of the production process to ensure precise nutrient and ingredient levels. In addition, our internal laboratory scientists test, analyze and monitor the production process to ensure no harmful toxins or contaminates are introduced from unknown or unanticipated sources. They also verify our Guaranteed Analysis to ensure the same consistency, high quality and nutrition levels exists in each and every bag.
Check Three – Our 48-Hour Hold Before Release: Check Three is the final step we take before allowing any food to leave our facilities. Every product is held in our warehouse for 48 hours until safety testing is complete. This step confirms that there is no salmonella present and that nutritional values are accurate in accordance to regulatory and formula standards.
No worries – Roofus was back to his usual, playful self the following day. I felt better knowing that, with all of the things that might have been causing him to feel under the weather, I did not have to worry that his food might have been one of them!
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