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Quality & Food Safety Assurance with HPP

Primal Pet Foods is committed to providing the highest quality raw pet food products with the goal of elevating the health and well-being of all pets. To ensure product safety, Primal will be implementing HPP into our product line beginning the week of June 6th, 2011 for poultry products only.

Poultry products utilizing HPP will be designated by a code date of 070812 or later. Red meat products will not be utilizing HPP. Please find our complete list of products utilizing HPP, as well as non-HPP products, in the column to the right. →

Our Commitment to Quality
We want to reassure you that Primal Pet Foods is committed to the health and safety of your pets. Our quality control and quality assurance programs include but are not limited to:
Sanitation Standard Operating Procedures (SSOP's)
Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP's)
A Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) program
Lot segregation
Other industry best practices

Our manufacturing facility also adheres to these specific quality measures:
Our ingredients are sourced from USDA inspected facilities, and/or facilities regulated by the FDA
We adhere to state and federal regulations regarding product safety
Our manufacturing facilities are USDA and California State Department of Agriculture inspected.

Test & Hold Protocol
In addition to the industry best practices listed above, Primal Pet Foods utilizes a "test and hold" protocol to ensure that all products test negative for harmful bacteria before being released for sale.

Primal Pet Foods uses a third party laboratory to test every lot of finished product in order to confirm that it is negative for select pathogenic bacteria (Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, and Listeria). When the test results are reviewed and confirmed negative, the product is released for shipment to our distributor partners and then on to retail stores.

Food Safety Steps
Primal Pet Foods will be implementing High-Pressure Processing for use on all poultry products. High-Pressure Processing is a unique, non-thermal process that kills pathogenic bacteria through high-pressure, water-based technology. High-Pressure Processing is a USDA-approved, 100% natural process, and is allowed for use on organic and natural products.

The origin of High-Pressure Processing began over a century ago, when scientists started investigating the fact that harmful bacteria found at sea level were not able to survive at deep sea levels (under high water pressures). Within the last decade, advancements in technology have allowed for the duplication of this technology for use on natural and organic foods to kill harmful bacteria while preserving taste, enzymes, and overall nutritional integrity.

How HPP Works
Essentially, this technology "puts the squeeze" on food pathogens without cooking out vital nutrients or changing the fresh characteristics of food. During High-Pressure Processing, pressure is uniformly applied around and throughout the food product. High-Pressure Processing can be conducted at refrigerated or even frozen temperatures, which means the temperature starts low and stays low — High-Pressure Processing does not cause the heat degradation that happens during cooking.

Prior to entering the vessel, all products are between 0-38 degrees F. Once the product is inside, the vessel fills with water at 36-40 degrees F. When the vessel is pressurized, the water temperature never exceeds 70 degrees F. The product temperature never increases more than 2-3 degrees F. The product is held in the vessel for two to three minutes at pressures up to 72K psi. When the pressure and water are evacuated from the vessel, product temperature is virtually the same as when it entered the vessel. Because of this, HPP is a non-thermal process that is beneficial for heat-sensitive products, like meats, fruits, and vegetables.

Additional Info

HPP Products
Canine Formulas: Chicken, Duck, Pheasant, Turkey & Sardine
Feline Formulas: Chicken & Salmon, Pheasant, Turkey
Mixes and Grinds: Chicken, Turkey
Raw Meaty Bones: Chicken Backs, Chicken Necks, Turkey Necks

Non-HPP Products
Canine Formulas: Beef, Lamb, Pork, Rabbit, Venison
Feline Formulas: Beef & Salmon, Pork, Rabbit, Venison
Mixes and Grinds: Beef, Lamb, Pork, Sardine
Recreational Bones: All Recreational Bones
Primal Treats: All Primal Treats

FAQs about HPP
To learn more about High-Pressure Processing and how Primal Pet Foods uses it as part of our overall food safety and quality protocols, please visit the Safety & Quality section in our Knowledgebase.

100% Satisfaction Guarantee
Primal Pet Foods stands behind all of our products with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. You can feel confident that all Primal Pet Foods products are safe and healthy for your pet.

You can learn more about High-Pressure Processing through these helpful resources:
Market To Market:
Pressure to Improve Food Safety
Illinois Institute of Technology
Avure Technologies

More Questions?
We truly appreciate your continued support of our brand. If you have any questions regarding our products and/or our HPP process, contact us directly at (866) 566-4652.