Since the dog product recalls of 2007, most dog owners have become very aware of the need to study the labels more stringently. Many have switched to making their own food for dogs, with many more switching to organic products. But what is it? How is it classified? In this article, I will explain what organic food for dogs is all about and the different guidelines necessary to be labeled that way. Body rubs
National standards for organic food for pets were set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture in 2002. Not only do the stringent guidelines apply to dog products, but also any food that wants to be labeled organic. In the paragraphs below I describe these guidelines.
Organic dog food is produced without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers or sewage sludge. It also has no GMO grains or irradiation. Dog diets and the ingredients used are produced by farmers committed to the use of renewable and the conservation of soil and water for a better environment now and for the future.
The farms that produce the ingredients for this type of dog meal must be free of all contaminants for a minimum of three years before they can be classified as an organic farm. As far as meats, poultry and dairy products are concerned, they must come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones and are fed organic, pesticide free grains.
Before an organic dog food can be classified as such, a USDA approved certifying agency must inspect the farms where the food is grown or raised in order to make sure each are adhering to all the rules necessary to meet USDA organic standards. Even the companies that process the dog foods must also be USDA certified.
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