Sourcing and Manufacturing
What about the manufacturing process?
Our goal at Steve’s Real Food is to provide your pets (and our own) with the healthiest food possible, which means only adding the highest quality, Human-Grade raw meats and produce to our diets. Our food is manufactured under USDA and HACCP guidelines, and stored at temperatures below freezing. We only manufacture our formulas with sterilized processing equipment to prevent any possibility of contamination, and our machines undergo rigorous cleaning after every round of production. Every time you enter the the facility you are required to wash your hands/forearms and dip your footwear in a chlorine foot bath. You are required to ware sterilized clothing, hair/beard nets & gloves to protect the product from contamination.
We do not use HPP
We are not using harmful serialization processes such as high pressure processing or irradiation. It IS PROVEN that HPP denatures enzymes. Enzymes are integral molecules are needed to sustain almost every metabolic process. Your pets do not naturally produce all enzymes and therefore must get them from RAW food. By using a harsh process such as HPP you are removing the very reason we feed raw.
We keep our food clean by using high-quality ingredients and following strict manufacturing processes. We had the FDA and the Oregon Department of Agriculture into our facility both of which left giving us a a high-fives (well not exactly, but they approve what we are doing).
Where do we buy our ingredients?
All ingredients used in Steve’s Real Foods are sourced and purchased solely from companies that can prove their commitment to quality and sustainability, and that can verify and maintain their USDA status, provide human grade quality meats (no rendered byproducts here!), and do their business inside the United States.
An honest product needs to come from an honest company. We believe in full disclosure and want you to be fully educated on what you are feeding your pet. Below is a list of the companies we purchase our ingredients from, and they welcome any questions you may have.
|Our all natural, grass-fed BEEF is raised in Eugene, OR. The Bartels family takes great pride in not only the quality of their products but in their sustainable practices and the humane handling of all their animals. They are inspected annually for food safety and animal welfare by third party experts and are actively involved in obtaining Level II Food Safety and Food Quality certification.||
DRAPER VALLEY FARMS
|Draper Valley Farms has been raising their POULTRY with no added antibiotics, hormones, or preservatives since 1935. Every humanly raised chicken is vegetarian fed, the way nature intended it. As with most Northwest Companies they emphasize the importance of running a sustainable plant and take extra effort to recycle and conserve water.|
|Since 1953 Swift has been producing high quality, natural PORK & other meats. Safety is of the highest importance & Swift is diligently monitoring all critical control points. Community involvement is a priority & they continually support the American Cancer Society, United Way and local food banks. They strongly focus on sustainable manufacturing, specifically in the reduction of packaging and wastewater management.||
MAPLE LEAF FARMS
|The Tucker family sets the direction for the company, based on its values of commitment to family, community involvement, and, of course, quality DUCK. All their sustainable programs are based on systems that are ethically grounded, scientifically verified and economically viable. They have consolidated their live production supply chain, reduced energy and water use, and improved their irrigation water.|
|Owned by more than 240 Willamette Valley farmers, Norpac is recognized as one of the largest PRODUCE processors in Oregon. All their produce is packaged in one of five state of the art facilities within four hours of being picked. Their sustainable focus is on conservation of water and soil resources, conservation and recycling of nutrients, and the enhancement of wildlife habitat.||
|Kristina Harlow and her husband bought an old dairy farm when they decided to trade in their corporate life for country living. Their 10 acre farm contains a winery as well as a goat farm for dairy and meat. Their primary focus is on sustainable farming and holistic animal care. As a true definition of small family owned farm, the Harlows have embraced the beauty of living from the earth in a sustainable, conscious way.|
|Family values have been their guiding principles ever since Samuel Zacky began the enterprise of raising and dressing fresh, premium quality POULTRY in the mid-1920’s. This multi-generation, family-run business is focused on raising quality birds that are permitted to roam freely and that are fed a species-appropriate diet. Hormones, antibiotics and preservatives are never used, making their turkey superbly delicious.||
|Steve’s Real Food seeks out the highest quality supplements such as our organic coconut oil that comes from Nutiva to our kelp that is manually harvested and solar dried. All these ingredients are carefully sourced to ensure safety and nutritional quality, which keeps your pet’s level of health optimal.|
Are you still looking for more? Watch the video below that we shot during a plant tour we hosted. I will apologize for the shaky camera shots. As another safety measure we keep the plant very cold. It is hard to hold the camera still.