Court Rules That The Honest Kitchen Can Describe Pet Food As Human Grade On Labels

Honest KitchenHere is a press release that The Honest Kitchen, a pet food company, put on their website in regards to their six-month lawsuit with the Ohio Department of Agriculture:

The Honest Kitchen has prevailed in its six-month lawsuit against Ohio Department of Agriculture. The department earlier this year refused to grant a license to The Honest Kitchen, to sell its products in the state, citing the fact that the labels were misleading because they describe the company’s pet foods as ‘human food grade’.

The court has ruled in favor of The Honest Kitchen, citing the company’s right to truthful, commercial free speech. Ohio Department had acknowledged that the products were human food grade, yet claimed that stating the fact on the labels could be confusing to customers, who might be unable to determine if the diets were intended for animals or humans.

The court determined that the labels were not in fact untruthful or misleading and ruled that the company had a constitutional right to make truthful statements about the quality of its products, on the labels.

The Honest Kitchen has been the only pet food manufacturer in the United States to have proven to the Federal FDA that every ingredient it uses in its products are suitable for human consumption, and the products are manufactured in a human food facility. The cat and dog diets are made right along side bakery mixes, and other products for human consumption.

Ohio regulatory authorities originally denied the company a feed license in January, 2007. The company responded by providing documentation to the department, which they refused to acknowledge. The company then requested an internal ‘non-oral administrative hearing’ in February. The hearing officer ruled in favor of its own department and at that point the company decided to hire legal counsel. Lawyers filed a notice of appeal. An appellant brief was filed in August. The judge reversed the decision of ODA and ruled in favor of The Honest Kitchen on November 6th.

“Food Grade and Feed Grade are references to quality of a finished product. Our products are made with ingredients of a quality or grade that makes them safe for a human to consume, yet formulated to meet the nutritional requirements of dogs and cats, in terms of actual nutritional content. They meet the AAFCO nutrient profiles like most other pet foods, but are made with ingredients of a higher grade.” Stated Lucy Postins, the company’s founder.

“We have received so many letters of support for our fight with the regulatory authorities. We even heard of customers driving across state lines to pick up their pets’ food, or having orders shipped to friends in neighboring states, because they were so desperate to continue feeding the products which helped with various conditions their dogs suffer from, on other commercial, feed-grade foods” Postins stated.

Nancy Winrod owner of The Grateful Dog Bakery (N. Ridgeville, OH), one of the company’s resellers, had commented, “I am a small business owner and have had to pull 3 quality products so far…. Yet the companies that sold tainted food are able to continue with their horrendous bi-products, rendered meats, and chemical preservatives. It is SO time the pet food industry turns around in favor of the pets in this state!”

Photo: The Honest Kitchen

(Thanks menusux)

25 Responses to “Court Rules That The Honest Kitchen Can Describe Pet Food As Human Grade On Labels”

  1. catmom5 says:

    I believe Nancy Winrod said it all!

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  3. Nora and Rufus says:

    I will be looking for this brand at my local pet food shop.

  4. Jenny Bark says:

    I don’t use her food but sure do respect the lady & company. Will recomend her food to people who buy pet food.

  5. Merlin Marshall says:

    Remember this is the country that has to tell customers that their MacDonalds coffee is very hot, the labels on canned cat food (which shows a picture of a cat) says “for cats” and not to eat or drink the liquids that come in the vials for stool samples.

    While Ohio is being exceptionally stubborn about this issue (are they protecting some other product maybe?), it would not surprise me in the least to hear that stupid person got confused that the DOG FOOD was actually people food and ate it. Actually it would probably be better for them than most of the people food they eat.

    Merlin

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Because supplements and food ingredients are human grade they’re automatically considered safe from what, exactly?

    Does this company list the name and address of all their ingredient suppliers on their website ?

  8. Anonymous says:

    Because supplements and food ingredients are human grade they’re automatically considered safe from what, exactly?

  9. Klondike says:

    I bet Big Ag/PFI was trying to prevent pet food consumers from getting UN-confused.

  10. Sky Eyes Woman says:

    That’s great that they won the suit. I was very impressed by their high-quality ingredients and their philosophy regarding pet foods and how they SHOULD be made. I wanted to feed my cats that food, but they wouldn’t eat it. :-(

  11. Robert Davis says:

    This is good news as it never made sense to me to not allow the truth to be told in advertising.

    Just because it is in a can or a bag and labeled dog food or cat food we should not have to feel it is less than good. I know what I feed my dogs and cats is good and good for them.

    I hope I see the human grade listed on my pet food soon as i know that is the quality they have strived for with all the certifications for manufacturing.

    Robert

  12. chris says:

    I wish they made kibble. One of my cats loves the prowl, the other will only eat kibble.

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  14. kb says:

    My dog loves this food. It does smell so delicious that I did taste it. Don’t tell the Dept of Ag or the FDA ;)

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  16. mittens says:

    of course the government makes no pretensions toward protecting our pets from deadly, poisoned cheapo crap pet ‘ food’ but they’ll do their best to protect us from the horrors of high quality ingredients that haven’t been boiled down from the rancid corpses at the rendering plant and rolled in plastics and pain killers.

    heaven save puppy from getting table scraps- the Department of Agribusiness will go all out to see him feast on flea collars and genetically engineered illegal to use in the USA fertilizers.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Are all of their ingredients original to the US- manufactured, grown, fed and packaged here? Are they willing to part with the names of their suppliers, or is that proprietary information? If so, why?

    I think it’s great that they use human grade ingredients but I’d like to see them go one step further and give us more detailed information.

  18. Dave says:

    Can’t wait to find “The Honest Kibble”. I will be searching the pet food shelves for the product that says we are proud to tell you about our “Holistic plus Organic & Natural Ingredients” that has lots of grains, rice and corn that are really good for your pet, plus lots of bi-products, preservatives, rendered stuff, and other chemicals that your dog really needs. All ingredients are from the USA (after we shipped in half the product from China and other countires but we don’t have to tell you that). We even make pet foods for the vets.

  19. Jenny Bark says:

    Dave, I love your post at 9:01. I think you should have that put on t-shirt & bumper stickers. If you ever do, I’ll buy a lot from you, well said.

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  21. Nora and Rufus says:

    Ya know, I went on down to my local Iowa Pet Food supply, that carries raw and kibble and canned (EVO, Canidae, Merrick, Old Mother Hubbard, Natural Balance(bleh), California Natural’s,etc.) only higher end foods that have somewhat less risk in feeding that your general commercial brands hoping to find this brand. I was informed by one of the managers that she could order it on a weekly basis for me but it was too pricy to keep on the shelves. She said it was about $70.00 for a bag of dog food!!! I was shocked! With 4 dogs and two cats to feed, that is out of my price range. I guess the home cooking and some occasional Felidae for the cats, will have to do!

  22. Ted says:

    Yes, it is $70 for some of their recipes but remember that a 10 lbs bag makes 43 lbs of food after you re-hydrate according to their recommendations - so it only works out to be about $1.65 a lb or so. I’d rather pay up front for good food than pay later, in vets bills! Also they do have two recipes that are priced in the $50’s (same grade of ingredients, just less costly as they contain grains I believe).

  23. sylvia says:

    We use Honest Kitchen and are happy with it. My dogs only like FORCE so it may not be for all dogs ( or cats). It is very different from the usual dog/cat foods people are used to and it is a bit expensive but is dehydrated. You add warm water and so the final price is around the same as other high end foods. I order direct from Honest Kitchen website.
    Honest Kitchen foods are nutritous and SAFE!

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