Northwest Naturals approved by USDA for 'human-grade' pet food labeling

The achievement represents a year of rigorous program reviews and audits by federal inspectors.

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Adapted from a press release.

Northwest Naturals, a producer of raw pet food, and Morasch Meats, its USDA-inspected manufacturing facility, together announced their achievement as one of only five companies in the U.S. to receive full approval from the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for labeling their products as "Human-Grade Pet Food" and "Human-Grade Pet Treats."

USDA AMS is the same federal agency responsible for grading and approving the quality of all human-grade meat products in the U.S. This distinction signifies the exceptional quality standards upheld by Northwest Naturals and Morasch Meats, said Michael Morasch, owner and president of Morasch Meats.

“This approval is a tremendous point of pride for our entire team,” Morasch said. “It represents over a year of rigorous program reviews and audits by federal inspectors.”

Northwest Naturals said it has always formulated and produced its pet food and treats according to human-grade standards within human-grade facilities. This approval, however, allows it to officially display the coveted “Approved Process Verified” label on its packaging, signifying their commitment to the highest quality ingredients and production processes.

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