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Open Farm first pet food in U.S. to have Certified Humane label


HERNDON, Va. — Open Farm, a Canadian-based pet food company, will be the first producer of Certified Humane Raised and Handled dry dog food in the United States. Humane Farm Animal Care, a nonprofit certification organization that aims to improve the lives of farm animals in food production, made the announcement on Wednesday. 


Under the Certified Humane label, Open Farm will use only meat and poultry product in pets foods that come from Certified Humane farms and ranches, HFAC said. Additionally, animals on such farms and ranches are raised where they can roam freely in their environments. The animals must also be reared without antibiotics or growth hormones and can’t be fed animal by-products.


"As an animal lover and ethical eater, it was very important that Open Farm work only with farmers who respect the animals under their care, raising them in accordance with strict ethical and humane standards," said Jacqueline Prehogan, president of Open Farm. "The Certified Humane stamp gives pet parents a high level of comfort in knowing where their pet's food comes from and, for the first time, having the choice to buy humane pet food."


Pet owners can find stores close to them that carry Open Farm using a free mobile app from Certified Humane or by visiting Certified Humane’s “where to shop” page

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