Butcher's Block is certified annually under the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) by a 3rd party auditing firm.
The GFSI certification is the benchmark for the best food safety and quality practices consistent with meeting human food grade standards. Our facility achieved the highest possible "Grade AA Rating" by a 3rd party auditing firm. A standard recognized worldwide by global brand owners and manufacturers, GFSI audits cover Senior Management Commitment, The HACCP Food Safety Plan, The Food Safety and Quality Management System, Site Standards, Product Control, Process Control, and Personnel.
Our bones are slow roasted to bake in flavor and achieve a 24 month shelf life. Each and every bone is hand trimmed prior to placement on the oven racks. Our treats, too, are unique in the fact that they are one ingredient: the beef product only. They're slow roasted in one of our 14 ovens with no additives and no preservatives—100% Natural.
Keys to keeping your Pet Safe:
There are three keys to making sure your giving your pet a safe chew: Supervision, choosing the right bone, and choosing a quality product from a quality manufacturer.
Supervision- Supervise your dog closely while he’s working on a bone. That way you can react immediately if your pup happens to choke, or if you notice any blood on the bone or around your dog’s mouth from over aggressive gnawing. You’ll also know when your dog has chewed down to the hard brittle part of a knuckle bone, making splinters more likely. When the bone has been gnawed down in size throw it out. Do not allow your dog to break it into, or chew it down to, a small chunk he can swallow. It is also imperative that fresh water is available to help aid in your pet’s digestion.
Choosing the right size bone- If you are not sure which size of bone to get for your dog, choose a larger size to be safe. A bone that is the size of your dog’s head is a good start and once you know what kind of a chewer your dog is, you can move to smaller sizes. First time bone chewers such as puppies should be taught how to eat a bone. Choose a stick shaped bone such as our beef rib. Hold one end of the bone and let your dog chew on the other - pulling it away if it seems like your dog will try to swallow the whole thing! Through this process, much like a mother wolf might, you teach your dog how to patiently enjoy a bone. Given enough time, your dog will eat the whole bone! These products are 100% natural and depending on your dog’s breed, size, age, and chewing habits, they will break down over time. To avoid eating too much bone, give it to them in several sittings so that they don’t eat the whole thing at once.
Quality Product- Butcher’s Block Bones are 100% Natural and Made in the USA. The Hickory Smoke process is also 100% Natural, with No additives or preservatives. Our bones are made from USDA inspected Angus and Angus/Hereford crossed cattle born, raised, and harvested in the USA.
Our Product Commitment
Butcher’s Block Pet Treats has a fully implemented Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point system in place. All products we produce are classified as Heat Treated, Shelf Stable.
Critical Control Point (CCP)
The Critical Control Point for all products is the Cooking Step. Each Product lot is tested using Aqua Lab’s 4TE Water Activity Meter. The Meter is calibrated daily.
The oven time and temperature is set to far exceed the minimum needed to destroy the vegetative cells of Salmonella. However, temperature just kills the potential vegetative cells. Achieving a proper Water Activity (aw) will guarantee no microbial proliferation.
An in-plant study was conducted to determine the efficacy of the cooking process utilized to achieve desired Water Activity (aw). During that study, samples were sent to an accredited lab for Salmonella testing and all samples were negative.
Butcher’s Block Pet Treats takes it one step further. Prior to shipping products in bulk, or putting products in the package, Water Activity (aw) is tested again to ensure the level remains below desired level.