Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Ontario Canada
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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
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
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.
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
Dave and Molly
Ian Dunbar was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from I.P.D.T.A. Here's a picture of me accepting the award on his behalf.
Member of IAABC ,International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants , Member of Pet Professional Guild