Discovery.com visited a kibble pet food manufacturing plant providing a ‘How it’s Made’ video. It’s interesting, in more ways than one.
Rarely do consumers get to see inside a pet food manufacturing plant – especially a kibble facility. But thanks to Discovery, consumers get a peak at the manufacturing of pet food. When you watch the video, notice the dust and what appears to be mold covering the equipment.
For comparison, below is another video from Discovery – a ‘How it’s Made’ for human food cereal. When you watch this video, again take notice of the equipment. You’ll see a dramatic difference in cleanliness at the human food plant.
What would you do if a film crew was coming into your home tomorrow? You’d clean, right? Guaranteed, both of these plants cleaned before the Discovery film crew arrived. If this – from the pet food plant is clean…
This machine appears to have mold all across the front.
Dust covers one side of this equipment, and filth covers the other side.
Though the image was a little blurry, you can easily see the grunge build up on these sprayers (dispensing fat on the finished kibble). One of the fittings was clean – the others are covered in grunge.
…imagine what a pet food plant looks like on day to day operations when a film crew isn’t there?
Pet food manufacturing facilities are rarely inspected, and when they are – in most cases, authorities alert the plant well in advance to their visit (giving them plenty of time to clean). Pet food consumers are never provided with the opportunity to read the inspection report. Pet food consumers deserve better than this.
The pet food manufacturing video also stated “Pet food experts say dogs and cats prefer food with a fattier content and a combined meat and cereal formula over just cereal alone. But too much meat flavoring can turn them off.” Yes…too much ‘meat flavoring’ would ‘turn off’ a pet. Real meat wouldn’t, but too much meat flavoring…yes.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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