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Pet Food Packaging: OC Raw Dog Issues Recall - A Review

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Pet parents should be on alert this week, as there’s been another recall in the realm of pet products. OC Raw Dog, based in Santa Margarita, California, is recalling 2,055 pounds of raw turkey and produce frozen canine formulation.

The product recall stems from concerns of salmonella.

Frozen pet food has become increasingly popular over the last few years. It’s available in various big box pet stores, as well as popularity grocery chains.

Some pet parents see their pets like people, so they feed them like people.

So, how can we protect our precious companions’ diets with pet food packaging?

Pet Supply Packaging: Starting at the Source

Recalls are game changes for any industry, and taking the proper preventative steps can save a lot of headache (and money) in the long run.

In the pet packaging industry, your supplier should be able to provide certifications and references. Find out how long they have been in business and who they’ve had as clients. You can’t ask too many questions when you choose the right supplier; a lot is riding on your customer relationship and reputation.

The source of the recall may or may not stem from your supplier, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. No one wants to wake up to find Fido sicker than a dog (no pun intended).

Be selective when it comes to your pet food packaging supplier.

Features That Can Enhance Pet Food Packaging

Whether your company sells dry, wet, or frozen pet food products, the quality of your packaging greatly impacts your product.

As you consider the design of your packaging, don’t skimp on quality features. These include sealers and zippers that keep Fido’s food fresh for longer periods of time.

Your customers aren’t looking to buy stale pet food. True, unless they’re eating it, they won’t know the difference either way. But from an ethical standpoint, select sealers that will keep your customers’ pets happy during dinnertime.

Keep in mind that high quality pet food packaging doesn’t only apply to dogs. All types of pet food and pet supplies can be kept fresh with the right packaging, such as:

When people love their pets like family, quality and safety is always a concern. You can give your consumers peace of mind with quality packaging.

Sample Before You Buy

One of the easiest ways to determine packaging quality is ordering a sample. Photos only tell parts of the story, and its well worth the small investment to order a few samples.  The right supplier will gladly give them to you for nothing.

Human hands should hold pet supply packaging before you consider putting it on the store shelf. There’s no substitute for feeling the quality of packaging in person.

If you can feel the quality, or lack thereof, you can bet your customers can feel it, too.

Don’t be the next recall victim in the pet food industry. Collaborate with a professional packaging company to ensure product safety for our friends with feathers, fur, and fins.

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David Marinac

Written by David Marinac

What LEGO’s Sustainable Packaging Teaches Us About Overseas Innovation

Since 1949, children across the globe have fawned over tiny, plastic, interlocking bricks.

LEGOs are a not only a classic toy but a staple in many households. Many kids beg their parents to take them to the majestic LEGOLAND, an amusement park where all their wishes and dreams could come true.

Why Nestlé, Unilever & PepsiCo are Banning Oxo-degradable Plastic Packaging

Originally marketed as an eco-friendly packaging material, new evidence regarding the potentially negative impact of oxo-degradable plastics has led a number of companies and governments to restrict their use.

More than 150 companies and global organizations, including Nestlé, Unilever and PepsiCo, have recently endorsed a total ban on the material in light of its potentially negative environmental impact.

Oxo-degradable plastic packaging, which includes select plastic pouch bags, is often marketed as a solution to plastic pollution because it claims to degrade into harmless residues within a period ranging from a few months to several years. However, oxo-degradable plastics do not degrade into harmless residues, but instead, fragment into tiny shards of plastic that actually contribute to plastic pollution.

Often, consumers think that because a material is biodegradable, it can be composted or even littered on the ground, because, it is thought, the material will break down into nothing over time. This actually ends up leading to an increase in pollution, since consumers don’t end up recycling or repurposing the material, and misconceptions about how the plastic will degrade leads them to end up putting it back into landfills.

What is important to note in this case is that although oxo-degradable plastics are biodegradable, being biodegradable does not necessarily mean that a material is eco-friendly. Although these plastics do break down over time, the tiny pieces they break down into are still plastics that contribute to pollution — they do not degrade into nothing or into another usable substance.

For companies looking to make the switch to sustainable packaging, it is important to consider that sustainable packaging does not necessarily mean biodegradable packaging, and vice versa.

Why New FDA Guidelines Could Bring Big Changes to Pet Food Packaging

Today’s consumers are demanding transparency and accountability from all types of products, and pet food is no exception.

Greater scrutiny over pet food ingredients, and an increasing demand for responsibility, sustainability and complete transparency from pet food manufacturers is driving change within the industry. As the consumer demand for “clean” pet food labeling evolves as a major topic within the world of pet packaging, FDA guidelines are shifting.

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