3 Big Mistakes that Caused the Disastrous Darwin’s Natural Pet Food Recall

Darwin's Natural Pet Food Recall

The US justice system isn’t going to take it easy on Gary Tashjian, owner of Darwin’s Natural Pet Food. Not only did pet food from his facility allegedly cause the illness or death of over 100 beloved pets in 2017, but it looks likely that he knew his products were tainted  – but did little to prevent the outbreak that has left so many grieving.

News like this compels us to reflect, reevaluate, and refine our processes. Even though the afflicted were pets and not humans, pet food manufacturers are required to be every bit as careful as manufactures of food for humans. In fact, regulatory agencies often regulate pet food more closely than human food, largely because there’s less ingredient diversity and the agencies can more easily hone in on hazards and procedures.

Here are a few ways Darwin’s could have avoided this deadly mess (so that you can learn from their mistakes). But first, to drill the point of how severe this could be, let’s take a look at some of the possible consequences of this food safety failure.

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