How we walk our talk
Did you know The Honest Kitchen has a letter of No Objection from the FDA, to label our foods Human Grade? Please read on to learn some important facts.
Our entire supply chain and production process have been reviewed by the FDA on two separate occasions, to earn us this distinction. Human Grade means a product is ‘food grade’, ‘fit for human consumption’ or ‘edible’.
For us, being human grade a line in the sand about the quality and integrity of the finished products we make.
Every single ingredient we use is sourced directly from the human food supply chain and used by other companies for human food applications. All our meats and eggs are steamed and dehydrated in a USDA Inspected plant and leave that plant with the ‘USDA Inspected’ seal. We then blend our recipes in an FDA Inspected human food facility, that makes other human foods like breakfast cereal and bakery mixes. So, we abide by the same strict standards for safety, cleanliness, record-keeping and overall quality as the place that whips up your favorite cookie dough.
Our recipes also meet the nutritional levels established by AAFCO (The Association of American Feed Control Officials), which is the legal way of saying, it’s just like the healthy whole food you eat, but formulated especially for pets.
Is all pet food human-grade?
Some companies use a few ‘human grade’ ingredients, but their processing may not take place in a human food facility, so their products lose their legal human grade status. Old-fashioned pet food is ‘feed grade’, which means it might include not-so-tasty by-products, chemicals, fillers and other ingredients that have been condemned as unfit for human consumption (like dying, diseased, disabled or deceased animals). We wouldn’t choose that for our human family, and we don’t think our animal friends deserve it either.
Are regulatory changes on the horizon?
It’s quite possible that AAFCO, the Association of American Feed Control Officials, will continue to make updates to the ways that human grade pet food is regulated in the coming years, as more companies seek to create human grade products. At The Honest Kitchen, we’ve been pioneering Human Grade pet food since 2002. We’ve fought hard to be recognized as the first ever truly and honestly Human Grade pet food company in the USA and we’re incredibly proud of our FDA approval to label our products Human Grade. We’re confident that our products will always continue to make the grade!