Plato's Pet Treats
Frequently Asked Questions
What does “Air-Dried in the USA with Local and Globally Sourced Ingredients” mean?
Our treats are air-dried in our family-owned facility in Fresno, CA, with the exception of our single-ingredient fish. We do our best to source as many ingredients as possible in the US (the majority of them are sourced just a few miles from our facility in California). However, some ingredients just aren’t available domestically. For those ingredients, we use our approved supplier program to source around the world, but with one exception: we never source anything of Chinese origin.
Since the 1st ingredient in our treats is real meat, see below to learn where we source ours:
Where are Plato Pet Treats made?
Plato Pet Treats are produced here in the United States, in the heart of California, in our very own facility. This allows us to tightly control our own production processes so we can ensure that our treats are always made to our stringent quality standards.
Why the name Plato?
We have our very own philosophy we like to call, The Plato Way. Only the highest quality and safest ingredients for the best tasting pet treats possible. We started by baking custom treats for our own dogs 10 years ago and that’s where Plato Pet Treats began. Plato the philosopher as we know him to be was a thinker to say the least, and these are treats for people who truly think about the well being and health of their furry family members. It’s a smart way to treat the dogs that treat us so well .
Wait, what happened to the EOS Treats?
Don’t worry, we still have that same great treat; it just has a new look. We decided to change up our EOS line because most of us never really understood what EOS meant anyway. One thing was for sure, these tasty treats are a huge hit to dogs everywhere. So next time you go into your local store and cannot locate those same colorful bags, remember to just ask for Plato’s Turkey treats and your dogs tail will be wagging again.
Where do you get your ingredients from?
Due to our rigorous quality standards, we solely source our proteins under the following specifications: Natural, Organic or Wild Caught.
A product containing no artificial ingredient or added color and is only minimally processed. Minimal processing means that the product was processed in a manner that does not fundamentally alter the product.
Plato Pet Treats Natural Protein Products:
- Original Duck Strips
- Turkey with Pumpkin
- Turkey with Sweet Potato
- Turkey with Cranberry
- Thinkers Chicken
- Thinkers Duck
- Small Bites made with Duck
- Mini Thinkers Pumpkin with Turkey
- Mini Thinkers Sweet Potato with Turkey
- Mini Thinkers Carrot with Turkey & Peanut butter
Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones. Plato Pet Treats Organic products are Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.
Plato Pet Treats Organic Protein Products:
- Original Organic Strips
- Small Bites Made with Organic Chicken
Once opened, how do I store my bag of Plato Pet Treats?
Make sure to store the bag in a cool, dark place, out of extreme heat or direct sunlight. The bag should never be placed in the refrigerator due to the natural nature of these treats it will cause condensation and mold. We stand behind and guarantee your satisfaction of the treats through the best by date printed on the back of the bag.
My treats don’t always look the same, is this normal?
Are Plato Pet Treats quality-assurance tested?
Rest assured, we have a full quality assurance laboratory where staff scientists and technicians test our treats daily and randomly to make sure that they meet our strict quality standards. This means every bag of Plato treats meets our high levels of quality—and always tastes great.
We conduct regular, ongoing testing of all of our fish-based products: our lines of treats with 75 to 90% salmon, our Wild Alaskan Salmon oil, and our Hundur’s Crunch Icelandic Fish Skins and Baltic Sprat. We test for freshness, heavy metals, and microbial contamination. Our results have always been below government-established limits and are safe to consume.
Salmon is commonly considered one of the lowest-risk fish species for mercury toxicity[i]. The FDA has determined 1 ppm (1,000 ppb) to be the safe limit for mercury in food for human consumption[ii]; and the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has set a limit of 2 ppm (2,000 ppb) for animals[iii]. Our products consistently test well below these limits. The FDA monitors mercury presence in all commercial fisheries and has found that pacific salmon averages 0.19 ppm (190 ppb) mercury.[iv] Our results are consistent with these levels found in natural salmon consumers eat daily.
[i] Animal Wellness Magazine – “Fish List” - http://animalwellnessmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/Fish-List.jpg
[ii] U.S. Food and Drug Administration- FDA Consumer – September 1994; Revised May 1995 – “Mercury in Fish: Cause For Concern?”
[iii] 2016 Official Publication AAFCO, p 320, “Table 2. Official Guidelines Suggested for Contaminants.”
[iv] U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Mercury Levels in Commercial Fish and Shellfish (1990-2010) http://www.fda.gov/food/foodborneillnesscontaminants/metals/ucm115644.htm