Breeder’s Choice Celebrates the Opening of a New Pet Food Safety Lab


Press Release: Breeders Choice Pet Foods

Breeder’s Choice Pet Foods recently marked the grand opening of its new Pet Food Safety Laboratory (PFSL) on July 29 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate the brand new state-of-the-art facility.

Breeder’s Choice invested $1 million in the pet food safety lab and related facility upgrades. The Pet Food Safety Laboratory is a world-class testing facility serving the pet food industry and its consumers with microbiological, chemical and physical testing methods to ensure quality and safety of raw materials and finished products.

Breeder’s Choice Pet Foods, originally established in 1947, is currently celebrating its 75e birthday this year. Since its acquisition by Lucy Pet Products in December 2020, the company has invested significantly in its people, infrastructure, quality, safety and new product innovation.

The new pet food safety lab enables Breeder’s Choice Pet Foods to offer expanded testing services to its co-manufacturing brand customers and creates new jobs in the community as the lab has a team of food chemists, microbiologists and laboratory technicians.

The inauguration is the culmination of almost eleven months of planning, development and construction.

“Every decision we make begins and ends with quality. From nutritional formulations, raw materials we source, people in our factory, and quality safety testing at every step, everything we do contributes to the pets that eat the food we produce. said Joey Herrick, CEO. “This was a major project for us in the midst of COVID-19 and supply chain disruptions, everything took longer than expected.” Herrick continued.

Since its inception in 1947, Breeder’s Choice has produced premium pet foods and built a reputation for quality unmatched in the industry. Following the recent acquisition by Lucy Pet Products led by industry legend Joey Herrick (founder of Natural Balance Pet Foods), Breeder’s Choice has taken quality to a new level by building a lab strictly dedicated to raw material analysis and finished pet food products.

In addition to testing known microbiological and chemical containments, the new lab includes protein DNA testing and dedicated PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing capabilities. PCR is a very accurate way to diagnose certain diseases and genetic changes. With PCR, PFSL has the ability to ensure that pet food has been rigorously tested for any hazardous microbiological organisms before any product is released to market. Additionally, the state-of-the-art liquid chromatography system equipped with a Triple Quad Mass Spectrophotometer (LCMS) detector can test for a variety of contaminants as well as check nutrient/vitamin levels.

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