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Do you know how the ingredients in your pet food is gathered? Pet Food Ingredient Sourcing is Important.
Most of us know to read labels when it comes to our food and our pet’s food but how about how the ingredients in our pet’s food is gathered? I admit it’s not something I thought about but I should have. Just as we may want to buy fair trade goods and organic fruits, vegetables and more. We should also know where the ingredient’s in our pet’s food is sourced. So yes pet food ingredient sourcing is important for both people and our beloved pets.
Our Oliver taking a break and enjoying some bubble wrap.
What’s in your pets’ food is important, but have you given much thought about HOW those ingredients are gathered? While many pet owners focus on the ingredients, they often overlook or are unaware of how those ingredients are sourced. Below is some information so you can learn more about pet food ingredient sourcing.
CERTIFICATIONS: Pet food certifications are used in the food industry to provide information to consumers about the way in which a food is produced. Certifications are developed by governments or independent organizations which establish the certification’s ‘standards’. These are the documents that describe the criteria a food producer must meet in order to become certified. To become certified, food producers must undergo a highly detailed audit by an accredited company that determines whether the certification standard is being met. The certification cannot be used by the food producer until the auditor determines that all of the relevant criteria on the standard are fulfilled. To maintain certification, most certification bodies require an annual re-certification audit.
By now you know that we are picky as to what pet food brands we give our two dogs Luna and Little Zeus (aka LZ) and our cat Oliver. One of the brands that we LOVE is Petcurean. Their Gather line is transparent about their ingredients, so there’s no question about what’s in the food and where it came from. Yes ingredient sourcing is clear for you.
Oliver is all business when he’s outside. He’s either in explore mode or hunter mode.
ABOUT GATHER: with the knowledge that consumers are increasingly demanding sustainability, transparency and organic ingredients in their pet food, and scrutinizing more than ever for quality and safety, Petcurean created GATHER. GATHER is a new category of pet food crafted from certified, organic, non-GMO and sustainably produced ingredients. The recipes are perfectly blended and balanced to provide dogs and cats with premium quality, natural nutrition and are free from rendered ingredients.
Many certifications have been developed for the food industry, each having its own unique set of standards. GATHER™ dog and cat recipes have received three different food certifications to provide transparency about the ingredients that have been carefully selected for these diets: Organic, Vegan, Marine Stewardship Council. Find out more here.
After all don’t we all want our animals to be as happy, healthy and crazy as our Ollie below?
- GATHER Wild Ocean: Catching cod by longline is one of the most environmentally-friendly and sustainable methods of fishing used today. A particular school of cod can be located, identified, and brought on board, without the damage to the ocean floor associated with some net fishing. Individually-hooked fish are handled carefully, and the minimal by-catch of fish other than cod are released, live. These are just a few of the reasons we chose Alaskan Leader Fisheries LLC to supply us with their Alaskan Leader® brand cod for our GATHER Wild Ocean Recipe. Alaskan Leader, family founded and family run (just like Petcurean), operates out of Dutch Harbor, Alaska. The fish they provide us for GATHER Wild Ocean is the same Alaskan cod that’s sold in supermarkets and served in fine restaurants.
Those are just a few examples of how transparent Petcurean is about their pet food ingredient sourcing. As an animal lover it makes me feel comfortable giving my fur family their food. Only the best quality for our pets without causing harm to them, others or the environment. Right now you can get $5 off a bag of Petcurean Gather here. Read more about how to select pet foods on our Caring for our Pets – Clean Labels & More. We also always encourage Adopting animals. Adopt don’t shop. Ready why Adopting a pet from an animal shelter is pure joy.