ARLINGTON, VA. July 12, 2012 - This voluntary, third-party facility certification program is designed specifically for companies manufacturing pet food or pet food ingredients. The Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program (PFMFCP) and the Pet Food Ingredient Facility Certification Program (PFIFCP) were developed by AFIA’s pet food and quality committees with input from third-party food safety experts.
These two certification programs build upon AFIA’s domestic Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification Program which was launched in 2004 for the feed industry. The new programs are designed to monitor the process controls specifically related to the manufacturing of pet food and should meet and in some parts exceed the anticipated requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act. AFIA is seeking FDA recognition of these programs and encourages FDA to use these programs in their risk assessment of the industry for inspection priorities.
“AFIA sees these programs as a model for the entire pet food industry,” according to Joel G. Newman, AFIA’s president and CEO. “The third-party audit follows principles laid out in both the FDA’s current Good Manufacturing Practices as well as the basic principles of HACCP.”
The first Pet Food Manufacturing Facility Certification Program certificates have been issued and granted to The Nutro Company’s Kansas City, Mo., Victorville, Calif., and Lebanon, Tenn. facilities by ESI.
Jan Aretz, vice president of research and development for The Nutro Company, said, “In our quest to make a better world for pets through the power of natural nutrition, consistently delivering safe NUTRO® and GREENIES® products of the highest quality is our mission. A rigorous internal quality and food safety program is vital, but we also recognize the importance of external food safety audits like the AFIA PFMFCP program. This type of independent program, specifically designed for pet food facilities, is what our industry needs to consistently raise the bar on food safety and to ensure the food in all our pets’ bowls is safe. Everyone at The Nutro Company is very proud to receive the first PFMFCP certificate.”
There are currently other pet food and pet food ingredient companies which are proceeding through the certification process.
ESI is the certifying body for PFMF and PFIF Certification Programs. Any interested pet food or ingredient manufacturing facility can apply for the certification by visiting www.safefeedsafefood.org/main/home.cfm?Category=Pet_Food&Section=Main.
AFIA, based in Arlington, Va., is the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to representing the business, legislative and regulatory interests of the U.S. animal feed industry and its suppliers. Founded in 1909, AFIA also is the recognized leader on international industry developments. Members include more than 520 domestic and international companies and state, regional and national associations. Member-companies are livestock feed and pet food manufacturers, integrators, pharmaceutical companies, ingredient suppliers, equipment manufacturers and companies which supply other products, services and supplies to feed manufacturers.
The feed industry makes a major contribution to food safety, nutrition and the environment, and it plays a critical role in the production of healthy, wholesome meat, milk, fish and eggs and pets. More than 70 percent of the feed in the United States is manufactured by AFIA members.