Q. What quality control measures should pet food manufacturers use to assure the quality of their product?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. A company should be able to outline their quality control measures and provide proof of quality when asked. This includes separating raw ingredients from cooked products so that there is no cross-contamination. A careful process is especially important when it comes to pathogen or allergen contamination. Also, when inquiring about quality control make sure to find out about food testing throughout the manufacturing process and ask how recalls are handled by the pet food manufacturer. Companies who put safety at the top of their list often test their food for contaminants and wait for the results before shipping the product to retail outlets.