Would you eat the same food as your dog? Lucy Postins does– for a living! Read all about her “gourmutt” career via The New York Daily News:
It sounds barking mad, but one woman is so confident in her company’s brand of dog food she even EATS the dog’s dinner – to make sure it tastes just right.
Human taste tester Lucy Postins not only samples every individual ingredient that goes into the food but even chows down on the final product too.
British Lucy, 38, insists on all the recipes being made in a human food facility instead of a pet food rendering plant, and then tests for the likes of flavour, aroma and colour which is an indication of freshness.
Her company The Honest Kitchen was the first pet food manufacturer to achieve a ‘human grade’ rating from the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) which means the final product is legally allowed to be described as ‘human grade’ on the product labels.
This is because the ingredients are sourced directly from the human food chain and production takes place alongside ‘people foods’.
Lucy, who studied in Warwickshire, believes that by producing pet food in this way animals receive stacks of health benefits including improvements to their skin, fur and general immunity.
The dog food – which includes everything from free range chicken, ranch-raised beef and sweet potatoes to eggs, bananas and even dandelion greens – is carefully blended before being mixed with water by the buyer to help bring the mixture together.
CEO Lucy, whose family includes two pet Rhodesian Ridgebacks and a Pug in San Diego in California, USA, said: “There are a lot of people who think their pets are inferior and don’t deserve quality food.
“But so many people are becoming educated on conventional pet food ingredients and production that they want to make a move away from that.
“By actually tasting the food ourselves I think it’s a sound way of walking our own talk and helping to assure people we actually mean what we say about product integrity and quality.”