Safe Handling you can TRUST (Part 3)

January 10, 2022

Safe Handling you can TRUST (Part 3)

We're sure you've heard it before "Iron Will Raw is PROUD to be the 1st HACCP Canada Certified raw pet food manufacturer in Eastern Canada" -- but do you know why this is so important? Maybe a better question would be, do you know that there is NO federal or provincial regulations to produce raw pet food in Canada? Yup--none. Which is why we're so proud of our HACCP Certification---quality and safety is so important to us that we voluntarily uphold this certification, the same certification that is required to produce food for human consumption in Canada

Iron Will Raw is committed to providing our customers with safe, quality assured raw pet food. This commitment to you and your pets is why we’re so proud to be the first raw pet food manufacturer in Eastern Canada to receive HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) Certification. HACCPCanada CERTIFICATION can only be achieved by maintaining the highest standards in food safety, quality, traceability and accountability.

The manufacturing of safe raw pet food goes beyond the ingredients. Every step of the manufacturing process is critical in maintaining a safe product – being able to trace raw materials from receiving to storage then through production to delivery. This is imperative and not all manufacturers can do this.

It’s no longer enough for pet food manufacturers to claim their food is safe; today’s manufacturers MUST back up these statements. Iron Will Raw maintains HACCPCanada CERTIFICATION and documentation to prove it!

Constant testing and documentation - lots of it!

Checklists and documentation are key when it comes to raw food safety and for 3rd party audits of our facility This documentation verifies that Iron Will Raw has done exactly what we say – on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. By documenting – checklists, programs, validations, and verifications – Iron Will Raw is able to review programs to ensure the most effective safety procedures are being employed at all times. In fact, our documentation undergoes a 3rd party quarterly audit in order to maintain our HACCPCanada CERTIFICATION.

After we follow through with our procedures, we check them again. For example, we perform and log ATP swab testing* at our facility twice a week to confirm that our sanitization program is effective. By following such strict procedures, we are 100% accountable for our products. This is the biggest DIFFERENCE between companies who claim to follow HACCP guidelines and ones that actually do. We have to do what we claim because a 3rd party checks on us. Other manufacturers can make the claim and not follow through because they are not held accountable by a 3rd party.


When it comes to making our raw pet food, we monitor each ingredient that enters the Iron Will Raw facility. Our team checks and documents the ingredients throughout each step of the production process to ensure that our rigorous standards for both safety and quality are met. We also retain a sample from EVERY batch of Iron Will Raw food that is produced for ongoing testing and quality control.

Here are a few things we track while producing Iron Will Raw Pet Food:

What does our traceability mean for our customers?

Traceability gives us the ability to track every aspect of the manufacturing and distribution of a product. It allows us to track and trace each component that comprises a product, from the supplier, through the manufacturing process and, eventually to the final customer.

This is why it is so important for a company to have and MAINTAIN HACCPCanada CERTIFICATION and not just operate on their principles alone. Should a product ever be cause for concern, a thorough HACCP Plan details a timely process for how to notify customers and retailers to rectify any issues.

If you have any questions about our HACCPCanada CERTIFICATION facility or species-correct raw food, please contact us on Facebook, Instagram, or through our website by clicking here.

*ATP (adenosine triphosphate) swab testing is a rapid testing method used by food processors and some raw pet food companies to quickly assess the cleanliness of surfaces. ATP is a molecule found in all cells that were once living and it is responsible for transferring and storing energy, this means it can come from bacteria, mold, or food residue.

Click here to continue to Part 4: The cost of feeding a raw diet