June 18, 2014

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The Honest Kitchen® Successfully Renews “Human Grade” Claims Approval with FDA for Use on All of the Company’s Pet Food Products

The Honest Kitchen has obtained this formal statement of no objection from Federal Food & Drug Administration to use the term “human grade” on its product labels

San Diego, Calif. (June 18, 2014) – The Honest Kitchen today announced that it has successfully renewed its formal Statement of No Objection with the Federal Food & Drug Association (FDA) to use the term “human grade” on all of its pet food labels. The company’s human grade foods are produced in a human food facility, not in a pet food plant, using 100 percent human edible ingredients.

Honest Kitchen FDA approval to use the term 'human grade' is renewed

The term “human grade” is not permitted on conventional pet food products, even if they are made with human grade or human quality ingredients, if the finished product itself is not made in a human food production facility.

The Honest Kitchen, which began making human grade pet foods in 2004, first obtained an FDA statement of no objection that same year, and elected to renew with the administration in the fall of 2013. The process involves providing detailed documentation from each of The Honest Kitchen’s suppliers to verify the human edible status of every ingredient used in the company’s recipes.

“We require our vendors to provide us with a signed Human Edible Status Verification document each year, along with a Statement of Integrity, which promises that the ingredient we’re purchasing meets a specific set of criteria,” explained company founder and CEO Lucy Postins. “They verify that every ingredient is non-­‐GMO, not irradiated, not sourced from (or grown or processed in) China, and also document any applicable sustainability traits, such as Organic certification, Fair Trade, Free-­‐range and so on.”

The Honest Kitchen chooses to make 100 percent human grade pet foods as a way of assuring customers about the quality, purity and integrity of the products. Human food production standards are very different from pet food plant standards when it comes to cleanliness, record-­‐keeping, the maintenance of HACCP plans and other food safety measures. The company has also implemented a system of independent and internal vendor audits, as a secondary measure to ensure that their high demands are upheld throughout the ingredient production process.