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Studies have shown that pets can live longer if fed correctly (Richard D. Kealy et al., JAVMA, Vol 220, 2002 Richard D. Kealy et al., JAVMA, Vol 220, 2002)
Pet food production in the UK is regulated by law, in the same way that human food is.
PFMA members must only use ingredients that are legally permitted and sourced from registered suppliers. The Feed Hygiene Regulation (183/2005) requires feed business operators to be registered with the enforcement authorities. Individual companies may also require their suppliers comply with their own Supplier Approval Schemes.
Typical pet food ingredients include protein sources such as poultry, beef and fish plus vegetables, cereals, vitamins and minerals, combined for a balanced diet. 'Ingredients' is a general term used for raw materials and additives used in pet foods.
Animal-based ingredients are by-products of the human food industry and are also strictly regulated by law to ensure safety. Farmed animals are primarily bred for the human food industry however those parts that are not required can be utilised as nutritious ingredients for pet food. For example, whilst some cultures shy away from offal as human food, others use it as everyday food or even regard them as delicacy.
To make wet pet food such as cans, pouches and trays...
Dry pet food, is made in a similar way, but this time most of the moisture is removed.
For both wet and dry pet food, quality checks take place throughout the whole process. Every manufacturer has documented quality checks in place throughout the entire process. This is based on common best practice within members of the PFMA
This ensures nutritious food, safe for our pets; the fundamental aim of PFMA members.