transparent about what ingredients are used and
where those ingredients come from. “Knowing
your source of ingredients gives customers
confidence, and being produced by a family-owned
USA company assures quality products,” says
Dan Schmitz, national sales manager of Perham,
Minn.-based Tuffy’s Pet Foods. Tuffy’s has been
producing healthy pet food since 1964, making
sure the ingredients are produced ethically, and
in accordance with local laws and the company’s
According to the Food and Drug Administration’s
(FDA) website, “The Federal Food, Drug
and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) requires that all
animal foods, like human foods, be safe to eat,
produced under sanitary conditions, contain no
harmful substances and be truthfully labeled. In
addition, canned pet foods must be processed
in conformance with the low acid canned food
regulations to ensure the pet food is free of viable
These regulations, along with others in place,
are what make pet food made in the USA stand
apart from food made elsewhere. “The USDA and
FDA regulations for farmers and manufacturers
ensures a higher quality end-product than one
would get from other countries,” says Horowitz.
Tillman notes that the regulations are even
stricter when you compare them to the standards
of not just food, but specifically pet food in other
countries. “USA-made products, especially in the
pet industry, are held to a much higher standard
and are more regulated than many products from
other countries,” he says.
WORTH THE MONEY
When it comes to products that are made in the
USA, one of the main reasons consumers may
avoid these products is the price. But spending a
little extra money for the peace of mind of knowing
where products are coming from seems worth it to
many people. “A recent Consumer Reports survey
found that 80 percent of Americans would prefer
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