Dogs, cats, birds, and exotics provide emotional support, unconditional love and steady companionship to their owners. Pet owners, in return, love their pets like family and want to feed them high-quality products. They also like to discover new ways to interact with their pets. Providing treats for meeting performance goals or just being a ‘good boy’ is another way that humans interact with their pets. Trends in pet food treats mirror trends in human snacks and non-meal indulgences. Consumers want healthy, natural alternatives for themselves, their families and their pets. The FDA does not have a legal definition of natural, although they are presently in the process of defining this term. Download to read the complete White Paper on Natural Pet Food Treats by Dr. Jane Caldwell.
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Food spoilage can be triggered by many factors and can be indicated by a combination of odor, appearance, texture and color.READ MORE
First described as a pathogen in the late 1920's, it was not until the early 1980's that Listeria monocytogenes emerged as a food-borne pathogen. These hardy, nonspore-forming bacteria are capable of growing over a temperature range of 1-45o C (34-113o F), growing best at 30-37o C (86-99o F); a pH range of 5.5-9 preferring a slightly alkaline condition; and can survive salt concentrations up to 25%!READ MORE
Since Salmonella bacteria are common in the intestinal tract of many animals, contamination of the meat is common. Good sanitation and food preparation practices are important in preventing salmonellosis.READ MORE