How RawSAFE Came to Be...
Food safety has always been one of the primary concerns of the veterinary profession. This has been therefore also a high priority within the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society.
In 2019 at the annual conference, an informal meeting between directors of two raw food manufacturers (both of whom have strong previous careers in the human food industry) lead to mulling over the woefully poor regulations around the pet and working dog food manufacturing industry, along with all the objections they were hearing about from vets.
Members of the RFVS committee were intrigued by discussion of the standards and loved how these could overcome so many of the objections and concerns so commonly made by their colleagues.
Developing Robust Standards
Having slept on the conversation after the RFVS 2019 conference, the idea of standards was discussed in the cold light of day, and we wondered if we could come up with our own veterinary recommendations. The RFVS President and some key committee members with the expertise of the company directors and input from other invited manufacturers, decided to pursue several avenues.
Consideration was given to nutritional content, environmental sustainability and impact, product safety and public education of product use. All have valid contributions to improving the standard of raw foods for animals.
We had to start with a core principle that production of raw meat based diets needed a more robust standard. The standards are based on those in human food manufacturing and you can see the introduction to them here (link).
As veterinary professionals and as manufacturers, the team have the safety of our animal companions and their human guardians at the heart of everything they do. Nothing in life is without risk, but with appropriate standards being met and some common-sense precautions in place (link to hygiene page), we know that animals can safely be fed as close as possible to their intended diet whilst living safely with their human families.