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Not too sure where to post this, but I was wondering if anyone out there knew whether it's legal to prepare animal food in a home kitchen where preparing people food is not legal.

Just trying to get a let up (no pun) and my pup loves the dog biscuits I make from Friberg's book. I plan to come up with variations and any pet owner that I've passed the biscuits to is amazed at how their dogs go wild over them (heck, even some of the owners like 'em ;)).

So the next logical step is doggie biscuit baskets, but I don't know if the Department of Agriculture has regs on that sort of thing. I'm sure I need to call, but thought I'd stop here first.

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Right now I'm consulting to a start-up pet food manufacturer. The very early, small test batches have been made in the office/kitchen of a nutritionist (not a home kitchen). The larger batches we've sent out for testing were made in a rental commercial kitchen. The company owners may have assumed without checking that none of this could be done in a home kitchen; I'm sure they're right. But we are in NYC, and I don't know what the rules may be where you are.

Have you checked with your local government agencies that regulate catering and food manufacturing? That's where I'd start if I were you -- then keep following the spiral road they'll send you on. :rolleyes: Regulations on that sort of thing vary from city to city, county to county, state to state. So just start calling all the agencies you can think of that MIGHT be involved.

I suppose I'm setting you up for a lot of frustration this way :( , and I'm sorry. But eventually you WILL get to the right person who has the correct information -- so much better for you than working off our conjecture and then possibly getting in trouble.
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Suzanne, that's pretty much what I figured, but thought it couldn't hurt to see if someone else had been down that road before.

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post #4 of 13
I am looking to rent space in a commercial kitchen in NYC, preferably in Brooklyn. Do you know of any places that might have times available?  Many thanks.
post #5 of 13
I'm not a big fan of using dogs for biscuits.

While they can cut the fat into the flour nicely, I find they usually get carried away & wind up over-mixing the dough, resulting in tough biscuits.

Not worth the trouble, IMO.
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Originally Posted by kthull View Post

Not too sure where to post this, but I was wondering if anyone out there knew whether it's legal to prepare animal food in a home kitchen where preparing people food is not legal.

Just trying to get a let up (no pun) and my pup loves the dog biscuits I make from Friberg's book. I plan to come up with variations and any pet owner that I've passed the biscuits to is amazed at how their dogs go wild over them (heck, even some of the owners like 'em ;)).

So the next logical step is doggie biscuit baskets, but I don't know if the Department of Agriculture has regs on that sort of thing. I'm sure I need to call, but thought I'd stop here first.

Thanks.

There's a bakery in Syracuse that makes dog biscuts (using human-quality ingredients) as well as cakes/cookies/etc. for people. There are a number of small dog biscuit companies that use them for this very purpose.

If you want, I can look up the name/phone/etc. I'm pretty sure they would do everything for you (unless you actually wanted to do the work yourself).

Terry
post #7 of 13
I know of dog biscuts and cookies that are made so both owner and rover can be rewarded.  so if it is made with ingredients fit for human consumption then I don't see why not.

 
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post #8 of 13
It's really hard to say as these regulations vary so greatly from state to state and county to county, sometimes even city to city.  My first call would be to the county Health Dept.  They can probably answer your question.  If not they can probably send you to the person you need to talk with, but as Suzanne says, be ready for the runaround, just in case.  My gut reaction is that it needs to be done in an inspected kitchen.  The good news is that some states have eased up on regulations so that people can have home baking operations that are legal.  If your state is one of these you will have a better chance.
post #9 of 13
I think this information will be helpful in getting your started. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates cat food, dog food, or boxed dog treats or snacks.Learn more here:

http://cookingwithdenay.com/pet-food-the-how-to-of-it-all/
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post #10 of 13
 Dear Terry,

I would like to have the contact information for the bakery.

Many thanks.
post #11 of 13
Here you go:

Brighton Bakery
335 East Brighton Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210-4141
(315) 475-2948

My dog biscuit info is a few years old, but I'm assuming that they'll still bake anything you want.

Terry
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 Thank you!
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The Pet Treat Business - Where to Begin.

I hope this blog is helpful. I have worked with a number of folks who want to make their own dog food and pet treats. If you have any questions shoot me an email.
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