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Quality Assurance

IPN Quality Assurance and Food Safety systems are critical to our business. Our systems are audited by independent audit bodies to ensure compliance against various standards including BRC, Asda and Tesco codes of practice. For the last 7 years IPN has achieved consistent high grades against all audit requirements. From assessing potential new raw material suppliers through the entire manufacturing process to the packing and dispatch of our finished products IPN ensures consistent food safety and quality are achieved at all times.

Before we launch new products or make any significant changes to a product our development process ensures a carefully controlled system is followed. IPN’s animal nutrition specialists use industry leading software to ensure our product formulations give all the nutritional requirements for our customers. Our development process includes full scale factory trialling to ensure the required quality is achievable and also palatability testing at various test centres that IPN have inspected and approved to ensure we understand how the products perform with our customers pets.

Raw material suppliers are selected based on IPN’s assessment of their accreditation, satisfactory audit of their systems and process and their ability to supply the consistent quality of materials we require. We also ensure suppliers are able to demonstrate and maintain full traceability of their materials. We need to know all aspects of our supply chains to ensure our confidence in the raw materials being used in our products.

In addition to rigorous supplier assurance requirements raw materials undergo various tests on receipt to ensure specifications are being achieved – these tests will include NIR analysis, cereal quality assessment via moisture and bushel weight, DNA profiling, mycotoxin testing and FFA/PV assessment of fat quality. Packaging is also checked when delivered to ensure compliance with specification including print quality and artwork/design verification. Packaging performance is tracked in detail on production lines in terms of traceability but also impact on the efficiency of our packing equipment.

The manufacturing process is controlled and monitored by state of the art computer systems which control the formulations/recipes and all of the steps of our processing including: pre-weighing of batches, milling, mixing, conditioning, extruding, drying, coating, cooling, blending and packing. Throughout the manufacturing process multiple checks and tests are undertaken to ensure products are complying with our Food Safety requirements and achieving the required quality specifications. Tests include NIR analysis, water activity measurement, bulk density testing and moisture checks.

All finished products when packed undergo various checks to ensure legal compliance and also to confirm IPN’s quality requirements are being met. These tests include weight checks, metal detection, packaging quality and seal checks, product quality assessments, correct date coding and batch code information being applied and finally pallet labelling is correct as the last part of our detailed electronic traceability systems.

IPN operates a continuous improvement philosophy. We will always challenge ourselves and our suppliers to improve raw materials, products and systems to ensure we are delivering the best possible products.

Nutritionists create product formulations

Conduct factory trialing & palatability testing

Packaging checked for print quality and artwork/design verification

Raw material testing on-site: NIR analysis, cereal quality assessment, DNA profiling, mycotoxin testing, FFA/PV assessment

IPN assessment of accreditation for raw material suppliers

Manufacturing: controlled and monitored by state of the art computer systems which control the formulations/recipes and all the steps of our processing

Food safety requirement checks: NIR analysis, water activity measurement, bulk density testing and moisture checks.

Finished goods checked for legal compliance and IPN’s quality requirements

IPN continuous improvement

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