WE BELIEVE PETS DESERVE —

Human Grade for the highest quality & safety

As a company of proud pet lovers, and pet owners, we believe that dogs and cats deserve the highest quality foods that nourish the body. That’s why we invented the standard of Human Grade pet food back in 2002, which is really a standard for top notch quality and safety.

Unlike feed grade pet food, which is a lower quality than human food, being human grade means a whole host of extra measures to ensure the quality and safety standards for all our complete and balanced foods. Since our foods, supplements, toppers are actually made in facilities that conform to all human food standards, our quality assurance program is designed to attest to the necessary standards that would apply if a human were to be the end consumer.

human grade pet food
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  • The Honest Kitchen is the world's first human grade food for pets
  • Meets the same strict standards as food for people
  • Made in a human food facility
  • Uses the same quality ingredients as healthy people food
Feed Grade Pet Food Brands

  • More than 1000 pet food brands are feed grade
  • Meets the basic standards set for livestock
  • Made in a pet food factory
  • Ingredients my include by-products and "4D" meats (dying, dead, diseased or disabled)

A HIGHER STANDARD OF QUALITY ASSURANCE

We have an extensive sampling program for our finished goods, and test at an independent third-party laboratory to make sure every batch is free and clear of pathogens, such as E. coli, salmonella, and listeria. The laboratory also checks numerous other food safety and quality indicators.

Our strict Test, Hold and Release Program means no finished goods are released into distribution until the test results come back.

We also conduct routine laboratory tests to ensure our foods meet the correct nutritional profiles, including vitamins, minerals and amino acids.

At the end of the day, human grade is a standard, not a slogan, and we’re incredibly proud to offer products that are meaningfully different from almost everything else in the industry.

  • tier 1

    Ingredient Hazard Analysis/ Risk Assessment

    Part of HACCP™ system

    FDA and USDA requirement for human foods

    Ingredients arrive with a lot-specific certificate of analysis (COA) and / or undergoes testing to verify chemistry, physical, and microbiological requirements

  • tier 2

    Supplier Code of Conduct

    Complete supply supporting documentation, renewed annually which shows:

    • Human edible status

    Statement of country of origin

    • COS parameters

    Support docs for Non-GMO claim

  • tier 3

    Supplier Compliance

    Audited by a third-party food safety expert

    Follows Good Manufacturing Practices

    Production facility conforms to 21 CFR 117 (the FDA regulations for human food)

WE BELIEVE ALL PETS DESERVE FOOD THAT'S SAFE, TASTY, and NOURISHING to THE BODY & SOUL