We once filmed in a pet food factory. Uggh I hear you think. I admit it conjures up images of dead carcasses and sloppy meat pieces in great boiling vats of smelly liquid. But I can’t tell you how far from the truth that is.
This factory was more scrupulous about hygiene practice than many a human food production unit I’ve filmed in.
It had the most modern food standards imaginable, including laboratory analysis of ingredients by qualified nutritionists, regulated non-food and food areas, protective clothing requirements and some of the most incredible processing machinery I’ve ever seen.
So when you’re forking out for that ultra-kibble and muttering to yourself that dog food seems overpriced, spare a thought for those in an unglamorous industry, who’ve bought pet food manufacture into the 21st Century by applying the sort of standards we’d expect for our nearest and dearest.
After all, the mutt in the dog basket is part of the family and his health and wellbeing is just as important as the nutritional happiness of the rest of us.