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Elmira Pet Products is totally committed to Food Safety and Quality. Our programs take into account our entire supply chain, from our supply base through to our customers and end consumers. Food Safety and Quality at Elmira Pet Products starts with the selection of quality conscious suppliers and the testing and inspection of every incoming ingredient. Our scientists confirm the consistency and safety of our ingredients by extensive laboratory testing. The Elmira Pet Products manufacturing process maintains the control of our product specifications to ensure all aspects of quality (appearance, dimensions, nutrition, safety, and taste) meet or exceed the label claims. Elmira Pet Products extends the quality attitude through the technical services and customer support team behind each product. All Elmira Pet Product products are formulated to meet or exceed AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) standards and guidelines in pet foods.

QUALITY AND TESTING CAPABILITIES


Elmira Pet Product’s in-house comprehensive laboratory and experienced scientists is able to provide the following analytical testing:

  • LECO FP-628  for protein analysis
  • Genesys 20 Spectrophotometer and AA7000 Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer unit for mineral analysis
  • Peroxide value testing (Saftest - quick test or titration method) of solids and liquids
  • Toxin screening (Quantitative Measurements of Aflatoxin, Vomitoxin, Fumonisin and Zearalenone using Reveal Q+ using the AccuScan Pro reader)
  • Station for Soxhlet ether-based fat extraction
  • NIR 2500 units for rapid analysis of fat, protein, moisture and ash.
  • Ash oven, moisture analysis, Free Fatty Acid analysis, pH, product viscosity, water activity and more

Some of our independent partners include Agrifood Laboratories, Maxxam Laboratories, Silliker laboratories and Kemin Nutrisurance (residual anti-oxidant and shelf-life).

Routine measurements of every production run include:

  • NIR (moisture, protein and fat)
  • Diameter
  • Thickness
  • Density
  • Statistical Process Control of our package net weights

Our complete retention library of raw ingredients and finished products allows us to provide full traceability on all of our products.

ETHICAL TESTING PRACTICES

Elmira Pet Products is passionate about “doing the right thing”.  For this reason we do not carry out invasive procedures or studies on animals.

Our goal is to provide the best nutrition, based on proven science, to help pets live long and happy lives. To ensure product performance we periodically conduct non-invasive digestibility and feeding trials with like-minded partners, select breeders and employees. These trials put the well-being of animals first, and do not cause pain, stress, suffering or harm. “Doing the right thing” is treating all animals like we treat our own beloved pets.

COMPLIANCE

We are compliant with CFIA, USDA, EU and various international regulatory requirements. We were the first Canadian dry-pet food manufacturing facility to achieve the BRC certification status (2012) and we continue our efforts to better our products and services to meet our customers’ highest expectations.

BRC Global Standard for Food Safety - Benchmarked by GFSI (Global
Food Safety Initiative)


Elmira Pet Products has been certified 4 straight years by the BRC.  BRC is a global, comprehensive food safety program that requires yearly re-certification and competency grading of the participating companies. The heart of the program is management commitment and the HACCP food safety plan. 

Senior management at Elmira Pet Products must demonstrate commitment to achieve the BRC Standard by allocation of resources to this goal including financial, technological, training and employment of specialists in food safety, nutrition, engineering, process and environmental control. Management must establish company goals and monitor progress in achieving those goals. Secondly the company must have an effective HACCP Food safety program in place supported by effective Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). HACCP is a system to monitor and control critical food safety parameters within the Elmira Pet Products plant. GMP are those environmental and operational conditions necessary for the production of safe food. Both HACCP and GMP are within the BRC program.

In addition to BRC certification Elmira Pet Products is also audited and re-certified yearly by the CFIA. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency oversees and audits EPP to ensure that USDA and EU standards of food safety are practiced and achieved by Elmira Pet Products for export markets in the United States and the European Union.

BRC GLOBAL STANDARD FOR FOOD SAFETY ISSUE 7: This Standard covers food safety and management of product quality in food packing and processing operations. The BRC Food Standard was one of the original GFSI Benchmarked schemes and is used around the world with certificates in over 100 countries and has in excess of 15,000 certificated sites.
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