San Diego Business Journal

Honest Kitchen’s Pet Food Makes the Grade ... ‘Human Grade’

By SDBJ Staff Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The Honest Kitchen said that it has successfully renewed its formal “Statement of No Objection” with the Food and Drug Administration to use the term “human grade” on its pet food labels.

The San Diego-based company said its human grade foods are produced in a human food facility, not in a pet food plant, using 100 percent human edible ingredients.

Honest Kitchen said its vendors must provide it with a signed Human Edible Status Verification document each year, along with a Statement of Integrity, which promises that the ingredient being purchased meets a specific set of criteria.

According to Honest Kitchen, “human grade” is not permitted on conventional pet food products, even if they are made with human grade or human quality ingredients, if the finished product itself is not made in a human food production facility.

The private, family owned company said it was founded in 2002 and employs 32 people.