Sourcing and Manufacturing
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.
CLICK ON THE INGREDIENT FOR THE LINK TO THE COMPANY WEBSITE
|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 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.|
|Falls Brand is run by a small farming community of Hutterite Farmers who hold all things common in Montana. Their humanely-raised pork is manufactured in Twin Falls, Idaho, bu the Independent Meat Company, founded in 1904 and family owned for five generations. They only work with humanely raised, sustainable, family owned farms like Falls Brand, and encourage diversified and sustainable 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 owned, our turkey farmers have been raising poultry since 1954. They have been certified by the Non-GMO Project, and are Free range, vegetarian, hormone and antibiotic free. Raised in California, Mary’s turkeys (named after the family matriarch) can be found in Whole Foods and premium grocery stores around the country – particularly around the holidays.||Steve’s Real Food seeks out the highest quality supplements, from 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.|
Want to know more about our supplements and produce and why each ingredient is in our food? Check out this video.
What about the manufacturing process?
We do not use HPP
We are not using harmful sterilization processes such as high pressure processing or irradiation. It IS PROVEN that HPP denatures enzymes. Enzymes are integral molecules 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, and it is very possible that bad existing bacteria can survive the process – leaving it to thrive with no good bacteria to keep it from spreading. In addition, some companies (non-pet) are currently undergoing legal battles around their marketing use of the word “raw” while using HPP – which many other “raw” dog foods use.
Raw food is always going to contain the potential for bacteria, and that is why we encourage safe food handling practices. See this article by one of our employees, published in Dog’s Naturally Magazine, for more information:
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 manufacture our formulas with sterilized processing equipment to prevent any possibility of contamination, and our machines undergo rigorous cleaning after every round of production – about every hour and a half. 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 keep our food clean by using high-quality ingredients and following strict manufacturing processes. Our factory has been inspected by both the FDA and the Oregon Department of Agriculture, and both were impressed by the high standards of cleanliness and quality they found there.
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.