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Just one reason Champion is good .

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Source is another factor.
https://www.orijen.ca/why-orijen/baf...er-outsourced/

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Human Grade?
All of our fresh poultry, fish, eggs, red meats and game are of table quality and passed fit for human consumption by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency before arriving at our kitchens fresh each day.

Our chicken, fish and turkey meals and fats are produced exclusively from animals passed as fit for human consumption in facilities that are fully dedicated to this ingredient quality and certified as such by the USDA, FDA and Canadian Food Inspection Agencies (CFIA). Champion

Fruits and Vegitables
In place of cereal grains, ORIJEN features low-gylcemic fruits, vegetables and berries — delivered fresh and whole from Western Canada’s fertile prairies and interior orchards.

While conventional foods contain high inclusions of grains and a fraction of fruits and vegetables (usually powdered and of unknown source), ORIJEN replaces unwanted grains with fruits and vegetables that are delivered fresh and whole from our region each day. Champion

China
We do not source ingredients from China. All of our minerals are produced and sourced in Canada. Our vitamins come primarily from North America, if they are not available here we have four other countries in Europe that we source from, Switzerland, Germany, France and the UK. Champion

Quality Assurance
At all stages of production and preparation, we utilize both Good Manufacturing Principals – a worldwide system for the control and management of manufacturing and quality testing of foods – and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Analysis (HACCP) – an internationally recognized and systematic preventive approach to food safety.

Our quality management systems extend well beyond our factory – from our distributor partners and to our ingredient suppliers, all of whom we know and trust. All meat ingredients are approved by the Government of Canada and produced exclusively from animals classified fit for human consumption.

Our fresh meats, including chicken, turkey, eggs, fish, beef, pork, wild boar, bison and lamb are produced within our region in dedicated, federally approved human grade facilities. Our fresh regional ingredients truly meet the AAFCO definition for “fresh,” where refrigeration is their only form of preservation – no chemicals, heat, or freezing!

But perhaps the best assurance of quality is our international reputation of authenticity. At Champion, our foods are never outsourced. You can be assured that ORIJEN is never produced or packaged in any facility other than our own.

First Alert
Champion Petfoods is proud to be a member of the First Alert Pet Food Recall Program. This is a voluntary effort consisting of a coalition of responsible pet food producers who agree to alert their customers and consumers in the event any product is involved in a recall.

We are committed to the safety of our foods and to the well-being of cats and dogs and the people who love them. In the unlikely event that one of our foods is recalled, we will contact you immediately with information regarding the affected products, reason for the recall, and any steps that may need to be taken. We will post information on our website and will notify the appropriate regulatory agencies.

If you are interested in this program, please email us with the subject FIRST ALERT PROGRAM. By doing this, you indicate your willingness to have your contact information stored and accessed by Champion Petfoods to be used in the unlikely event of a product recal. Champion

Why Freeze Dried?
To advance our Biologically Appropriate™ mandate of matching our foods to the true natural diet of dogs and cats. Freeze-drying is the gold standard of food preservation. Unlike conventional pet foods, ORIJEN freeze-dried foods and treats are prepared without cooking, so they fully retain all of the natural properties of our authentically fresh ingredients.

Why Is Freeze Dried So Expensive
There are two primary reasons that attribute to the cost of freeze-dried foods:
INGREDIENTS and the FREEZE-DRY PROCESS.
• INGREDIENTS: We focus on local ingredients that are sustainably raised, passed fit for human consumption and delivered to our kitchens FRESH. That means our ingredients cost a little more than those typically used in the pet food industry.
• FREEZE-DRY PROCESS: Our freeze-dry process is both delicate and time-intensive — taking 18-24 hours in the freeze-dry chambers before the food is ready for packaging

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To put it briefly -- That is why I switched Gracie from TOTW to ACANA for several years. Unfortunately, ACANA is no longer made in canada, but is now manufactured in Kentucky and they have also changed some ingredients. I was going to switch to Origen, but an employee of Cherrybrook recommended Annamaet grain-free, which is made somewhat locally. I have to say, she is doing very well on it, loves the fish kibble and I noticed recently that she no longer has a stained beard or stained eyes (although her eyes do continue to tear somewhat, it no longer leaves a reddish tint to her hair.)



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To put it briefly -- That is why I switched Gracie from TOTW to ACANA for several years. Unfortunately, ACANA is no longer made in canada, but is now manufactured in Kentucky and they have also changed some ingredients. I was going to switch to Origen, but an employee of Cherrybrook recommended Annamaet grain-free, which is made somewhat locally. I have to say, she is doing very well on it, loves the fish kibble and I noticed recently that she no longer has a stained beard or stained eyes (although her eyes do continue to tear somewhat, it no longer leaves a reddish tint to her hair.)
I don't think you need to worry about the Kentucky plant. Here's Sabine''s take on this . ..."Champion built its own plant, to specs specifically for their own products, to be able to meet customer demand.
Personally I support their efforts to actually formulate products in a way that relies more on food-supplied nutrients rather than willy-nilly adding supplements that may not even be needed to meet specific levels. Why add a synthetic copper or iron supplement to a formula that already contains plenty of it? That's something that really sets this company apart from most others."
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I don't think you need to worry about the Kentucky plant. Here's Sabine''s take on this . ..."Champion built its own plant, to specs specifically for their own products, to be able to meet customer demand.
Personally I support their efforts to actually formulate products in a way that relies more on food-supplied nutrients rather than willy-nilly adding supplements that may not even be needed to meet specific levels. Why add a synthetic copper or iron supplement to a formula that already contains plenty of it? That's something that really sets this company apart from most others."
Thanks DAVE! Good to know, I didn't realize that. So far, I'm happy with the Annamaet, but if for some reason it's no longer available to me, I will not hesitate to go back to ACANA.



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Just started switching LoLo Moon to Orijen Puppy food. She was excited about her new kibble and I feel good about what is in it and how it's made.

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Hi all! I'm going to start switching Bowie from adult NOW kibble to adult Orijen kibble. I'm hoping all the good news about Champion's fresh line trickles down to their kibble as well. Since NOW is the only dog food he has had in his little life, I'm wondering if a 50/50 split of new and old food is ok. He gets 1/3 of a cup twice a day. There's enough NOW left in the bag for other ratios...as always, thanks for all the advice!

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I would transition a little slower to the new food over the course of a week. Maybe start with about 20% new food for the first couple days. Then I would up it to 50% for the next couple days. Go to 70% for the next couple days and finally on to 100% new food. If at any time during the process you get tummy upset I would slow things back down again.



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yes transition slowly. Here is from Sabines The Dog Food Project a

Mixing different dog food brands will improve my dog's diet
This misconception seems to originate from dog owners unconsciously feeling guilty about the type of food they feed, or those following their own ideas for "improving" their dog's diet without doing any research.

Every brand of dog food follows a specific formulation and nutritional philosophy, developed by the manufacturer. All products are formulated to supply a balanced amount of nutrients in a ration of a certain size (remember kibble size and density vary from brand to brand), based on the body weight of the dog. When mixing different kibbles, instead of getting "the best of both", your dog isn't going to eat enough of either one to get the full benefit of a particular nutritional system designed and researched by a manufacturer. Last but not least, if digestive upset occurs, it's going to take so much longer to figure out what exactly caused it, compared to just eliminating either the commercial food or whatever extras were fed recently. If you want to offer more variety, stick to one line of food of the same brand at a time and rotate between brands every few months. Supplementing the dry food with fresh, unprocessed foods like vegetables, fruit, yogurt, meat or a bit of canned food is also safe and healthy.

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