Attention dog food geeks!
A new food company just came across my radar and caught my attention because of their attention to ingredient sourcing.
It's called Open Farm
, out of Toronto, Canada. Their niche is ethical, transparent sourcing of ingredients, with third-party certification partners for independent farms. It's designed to be a rotation diet, for all life stages (with a poultry recipe, a fish recipe, and a pork recipe).
The thing that caught my attention is that you can take the lot code from any bag, enter it on their website, and get a list of the origin of every
ingredient that was used in that specific lot:
Quality & Transparency | Open Farm
Even each component of the vitamin mix has the country of origin listed! Wow, what a great idea! The get certificates of origin for every ingredient so it's all traceable. That means they don't use rendered meals, because the component sourcing isn't traceable.
They send samples of every lot to to a third-party lab for independent testing for e-coli, salmonella, and mycotoxins, and they don't bag the product until they get the results back. You can look up the lab results with your lot code on their website, too. Wowza!
They advertise that the food is 80% animal protein, and the meat they source is:
-humanely raised at independently audited farms (antibiotic-free, no crates or cages, space to roam, gentle handling),
-sustainably sourced, ocean-caught fish (no farmed fish), with Seafood Watch & Oceanwise certification of the fish
They also use locally sourced non-GMO produce and Terracycle recyclable packaging.
This is a high protein kibble (31%), with 14% fat. The Ca is 1%, Ph. is .8% The label also lists omega 6, omega 3, and DHA percentages.
Turkey & Chicken Grain-Free Dog Food | Open Farm
Frequently Asked Questions | Open Farm
This seems to be stepping up the game considerably in transparency of ingredient sourcing. I haven't fed it, but it's definitely on my list to try if my dogs need to switch. Right now, Pet Flow and a few independent dealers sell it in the US. It runs around $80/24 lb bag.