To HPP or to not HPP

Several raw producers have chosen to pasteurize or pressure sterilize their meat material to be sold as frozen raw diets.  Most raw pet food manufacturers are doing this to minimize their risk of a recall. The problem is that the jury is still out on the impact that HPP has on the food.

Raw products have been on the market for many years now and have done extremely well at improving pet health without causing any problems.  We do not think pressure sterilizing the product will improve the raw diet in any way.  As a matter of fact, we believe that any additional processes that do not improve the nutritional value of the food are a waste of time and money. HPP has shown that it will kill bad

HPP has shown that it will kill bad bacteria, but that is at the expense of the good bacteria. If the raw material is sterilized it will become a Petri dish for growing bad bacteria.  The best way to avoid recalls is to use the highest quality meat material and produce in a clean environment.

Another issue with HPP is that you can buy a lower quality meat since you have the confidence that the HPP processes will eliminate bacteria. The best way to avoid recalls is to use the highest quality meat material and produce in a clean environment.

At this time, we do not use HPP and will stand against adding un-needed processes that will only increase the cost of the food. We will buy the highest quality meat material and produce in a clean environment using strict food handling procedures.  With trusted ingredient sources and distributors to ensure that what you are taking home is safe for your pet.

3/2019 Update:

It has been 9 years since I originally posted this and a lot has changed. The FDA continued to target raw pet foods in what many think is an unfair manner. We had a couple recalls (very small ones) and have spent a lot of time making adjustments to our processes.

We have also grown immensely increasing our exposure. Therefore we spent over 3 months looking at what we could do to improve our Food Safety Program. We did extensive testing on food using different methods of pathogen mitigation in addition to looking at how different processes effected the nutritional integrity of the food. We have decided incorporate HPP on three of our proteins which proved to be especially problematic. For more information on the changes we made, read our blog update..

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Carla Rudichuk

7 years ago

I live in Houston, TX, zip code 77080.

We’re can I buy non-HPP cat and dog food?



Steve's Real Food

5 years ago

In TX the only place to by the food is online at We are working on getting distribution in TX and will let you know when that happens.

Gil Hodges

2 years ago

given that you just had a salmonella recall, NOW how do you feel about HPP?
As a consumer, it’s been my experience that companies who skip the HPP process do it because of cost, not because of research.

Steve's Real Food

2 years ago

Gil, We still are not a proponent of HPP. It does increase the cost and does not make the food safer. There are several brands that use the HPP process and still have recalls due to Bacteria such as Northwest Naturals ( Therefore we feel that customers get a false sense of security when they believe that HPP makes a food safer. No matter what food you feed, if you handle raw meat products you ALWAYS need to wash your hands and anything that came in contact with the food.


1 year ago

I love your food. I will continue to buy all of your foods because you do not use HPP

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