03/28/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Pet Food Makers Regularly Taste Their Own Product

For the folks at The Honest Kitchen, quality control means tasting your own product - even though it's marketed for the four-legged crowd.

The company's employees attend weekly meetings - often with their dogs poised by their sides - where both humans and animals carefully taste both individual dehydrated bits of the organic dog and cat food mixture, as well as the final product, to make sure the pets are getting nothing but the best.

The company got the OK from the FDA to use the term "Human grade pet food" on all of its labels. According to a rep from the company, the food is "probably a little bland by most human standards," but compared to what they imagine ordinary pet food to taste like, "really quite delicious!" (That answers the next obvious question: do the testers taste their competitors' food, too?)

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