Merrick Pet Care's 195,000-square-foot petfood production facility in Hereford, Texas, USA, earned the Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 3 certification, signifying Merrick completed a stringent food safety auditing process and verifies that their facilities are in compliance with Certified Hazard Analysis, Critical Control Points (HACCP) food safety plans.
The SQF Level 3 certification is administered by the Safe Quality Food Institute, a division of the Food Marketing Institute. It focuses on food safety and quality-management systems and is recognized as a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmark.
"Receiving this certification validates our comprehensive food safety management system," said William Slaughter, director of quality and safety. "We believe being SQF Level 3 certified will continue to increase our customer's confidence in our food safety practices and increase market opportunities to further build our business and our portfolio of natural and organic petfood brands."
In 2012, Merrick's facilities also became organic certified for manufacturing both dry and canned petfood for pets under the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program.