AFGRI Animal Feeds News
In our attempt to produce safe and excellent products, AFGRI strives to maintain quality systems of the highest standards. AFGRI Pet Foods are produced at Isando plant which is ISO 9000 certified and runs a HACCP system to manage points of concern in the production process.
AFGRI takes pride in the procurement and use of raw materials of the highest quality and each supplier and raw material is evaluated before purchasing takes place. As part of the supplier agreement specific clauses have been included mentioning Melamine and Heavy Metals. It is the suppliersâ€™ objective to follow our agreement closely and ensure the safety of their product. AFGRI also runs tests for Heavy metals and melamine on a quarterly basis to double check our controls already in place through the supplier agreements. Most Raw materials are delivered to the premises with a certificate of analysis for any â€ścontaminantsâ€ť of concern.
On a monthly basis raw materials and finished products are tested for Mycotoxins, specifically in the case of pet food for Aflatoxin. These results are monitored graphically to determine trends or problems with any specific products. Mycotoxin binders as well as mould inhibitors are automatically included into the Pet food to ensure there is no risk of Mycotoxin contamination. A strict cleaning programme and monthly Salmonella monitoring is in place to ensure the raw materials and production line are clean and hold no contamination risk.
All products produced in the Pet Food plant go through strict Quality procedures before they are released from the plant to the public, this includes an in-line check of moisture levels and a final product inspection on the NIR of Protein, moisture, fat and pellet quality evaluation for each batch. Approved antioxidants in the form of a blend of BHT and BHA are used to ensure there is low risk of spoilage of the product while on the shelf, and every bag is labelled with a production date and shelf life for the consumerâ€™s convenience.
Taking care of your dog
Your dog's mental health, happiness, behaviour, longevity and overall well-being are directly related to nutrition. Proper diet, in correct proportions, or, in the case of canine athletes, optimal feed times can enhance performance, boost health to new levels and extend the life of your cherished pet.
You need to take care of your dog with proper dog nutrition and feeding. They say "we are what we eat", and if it is true for us, it is also true for our dogs. Knowing how to select a good dog food, how much and when to feed, and how we can control or prevent certain
diseases through diet will help our dogs live longer and healthier lives.
Nutrition is Key!
Like all living creatures, dogs need a combination of fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water in a balanced diet that provides sufficient calories to meet their daily needs for growth, activity and repair.
Dog foods must contain vitamin and mineral supplements in balanced concentrations. Too much of one mineral may interfere with absorption of another; too little of a mineral may interfere with vitamin use or other mineral use.