Raw Pet Food Regulations Explained
Here at Natures Menu we believe pets deserve real food, and that's why not just our raw foods but ALL our pet foods adhere to the EU guidelines set out to ensure that Raw Pet Foods are produced safely and using quality ingredients.
Here's the long and short of it:
All raw pet foods in Europe should be produced by registered raw pet food producers and who comply with stringent regulations.
These regulations set out that raw pet food ingredients can only come from a specific list of human grade meat cuts which have been passed fit for human consumption but are diverted to use in raw pet foods for reasons of shape, slight bruising, over supply etc.
The specific regulation details are :
- EU Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 laying down health rules as regards animal by-products and derived products not intended for human consumption
This relates to animal by-products - for example, material of animal origin which are either deemed surplus to human consumption or are not normally consumed by people in the UK, and derived from animals inspected and passed as fit for human consumption prior to slaughter.
- EU Regulation (EC) No 142/2011 implementing Regulation (EC) No 1069/2009 and Directive 97/78/EC
Annex XIII, chapter II gives a restricted list of raw materials which can be used in the preparation of raw pet foods specifically. It also sets the microbiological standards and ZERO TOLERANCE for Salmonella in raw pet foods.