Marlton NJ – Volhard Dog Nutrition, a leading manufacturer and supplier of natural dog food and nutritional supplements has issued a statement to address concerns that their customers may have had following recent media stories about vitamin D overdoses in dogs.
Their statement said “In response to concerns regarding the recent rise of Vitamin D overdosing in the pet industry, Volhard Dog Nutrition would like to step out and proactively put their current customers and potential new customers at ease by sharing their best practices transparently. Volhard has always had safeguards in place that have been instituted to keep their dogs and cats safe. Volhard Dog Nutrition has no involvement with the brands of vitamin mixes on the market that have been recalled for excessive levels of vitamin D. Recent articles have been trying to pinpoint the source of the vitamin D overdose and have cited potential mistakes that may have been made in a production facility or in the pre-made mix before it gets to the production facility. Volhard Dog Nutrition would like to communicate to all customers, that Volhard and their manufacturing facilities take the utmost safeguards in preparing vitamin and mineral mixes for their customers. Volhard Dog Nutrition manufactures vitamin and mineral mixes in-house; we do not purchase vitamin premixes from outside suppliers. Our small batch runs help to prevent issues that could get swept under and missed on large scale production runs. Our production facility stores its vitamins in a controlled environment and does not use automatic feeding systems for its vitamins and minerals to directly feed into a batch. Each vitamin is measured and the amount confirmed against pre-approved formulas before it is added to a batch. Volhard Dog Nutrition is committed to the safety of our pets and to making products that have been audited and reviewed by third parties to ensure that they are made safely and to the best quality standards. This is all the time, not just when things make the news. We want you and your pet to enjoy our products without worry.”
The Volhard processing facility is an SQF certified manufacturer and audited annually by a third party. Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the SQF family of food safety and quality codes are designed to meet industry, customer, and regulatory requirements for all sectors of the food supply chain – from the farm all the way to the retail stores. The requirements in an SQF program require the review of all processing standard operating procedures, processes, policies, training, equipment, and building to ensure conformance with FSMA and SQF standards. This means that all of the steps and processes the processing facility performs to measure, stage, and mix vitamins and minerals in Volhard batches is reviewed by a 3rd party to ensure the commitment to safety and quality and to reduce risk and error as much as possible. SQF certification also requires all suppliers to align with strict safety and quality control programs. All of Volhard’s suppliers must be approved by their SQF program for them to use their respective materials in manufacturing and this approval program is part of the annual SQF audit and is reviewed by a 3rd party.
Additionally, their processing facility uses SQF consultants who regularly walk through the facilities and audit the processes and performance throughout the year. These are separate and additional audits from the annual SQF certification audit. The consultant works with the team to identify risks and hazards and to create plans to continuously improve programs and practices. Anyone concerned about any of the products or procedures utilized by Volhard Dog Nutrition can learn more by visiting their website.
Volhard Dog Nutrition has been on a mission to help dogs “thrive not just survive” for decades. VDN produces the highest quality natural pet food and supplements for dogs. VDN does not compromise on anything less than fresh, natural, holistic, 100% human grade nutrition. This means their food contains absolutely no chemical preservatives, no GMO ingredients or synthetic vitamins. Just whole foods, locally sourced in the USA that can be utilized by the dog’s body. For more information about the company and the various services that they provide, visit their website at volharddognutrition.com
|Company Name:||Volhard Dog Nutrition|
|Contact Person:||Brian Berg|
|Address:||131 Kenilworth Road|