June 7, 2019
What you need to know about pet food regulations
What you need to know about pet food regulations

The Canadian pet food industry is vast. In 2017, dry pet food was responsible for 32% of the total revenue of the entire industry, amounting to more than $100 million in revenue. Canadian households view their pets as part of the family, and it would be assumed that such a large, important industry would hold the same values and be tightly regulated. However, this is unfortunately not the case.

Canadian Pet Food Regulations

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will inspect imported ingredients and imported products for disease contamination only, to prevent animal diseases being introduced to Canadian livestock. Pet food that is manufactured here in Canada is not inspected.

Other countries have imposed much more comprehensive regulations.

United States Pet Food Regulations

The FDA mandates that pet food be safe to consume.

European Union Pet Food Regulations

Even more impressive are the regulations that the European Union (EU) have put in place. The EU has imposed regulations that encompass ingredients and ingredient sourcing, and manufacturing facilities’ hygiene, equipment and environmental impacts.

Why You Should Purchase Canadian Pet Foods

Supporting Canadian manufacturing should be a priority for all Canadian shoppers and choosing brands with high standards sets the bar for all Canadian manufacturers. There are many Canadian pet food brands that go above and beyond to uphold high manufacturing standards. By becoming aware of the different manufacturing policies and making a point to only purchase from brands with strict protocols, the industry is pushed towards putting in place strict regulations. Consumer awareness is the key to regulation development.

What to Look For

Research the brands you are interested in or contact their offices to ask about their protocols. The staff at your local Global Pet Foods are very familiar with many brands so are also a great source of information.

Look for brands that:

Nature’s Harvest is a brand that is made in a Canadian facility that is certified compliant with European Union standards. Click below to learn more about the Nature’s Harvest story and products.

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Written By | Casey Genge
Global Pet Foods Nutrition Educator
For Casey, animals are cherished family members, revered sporting partners and respected cohabitants of this Earth. She completed a Bachelor's degree in Animal Biology at the University of Guelph and has provided nutrition consulting to pet owners, equestrians and farmers. At home, she cares for dogs, cats, horses and cattle.