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Butter Buds® Quality


Quality Assurance

Butter Buds Inc. is strongly committed to providing safe, high-quality ingredients to our customers. Guided by our Director of Quality Assurance and Quality Assurance team, our plant takes great pride in adhering to the highest food safety standards. Our strict QA procedures apply to sanitary conditions both in-house and during transportation. Through our commitment to maintaining continuous improvement on existing and future Quality Assurance systems, we have earned the trust and confidence of our most demanding customers.

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Food Safety Audits


Butter Buds Inc. is regularly audited and certified to the Global Food Safety Initiative standards under the Safe Quality Foods (SQF) program. The SQF Program is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification.

Annual Inspection in Food Safety


The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (WDATCP), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspect our modern facility annually. Butter Buds Inc. has USDA certification for export to the European Union. Butter Buds Inc. has AMS Verification for export to China.

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Annual Inspection in Food Safety


The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (WDATCP), Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspect our modern facility annually. Butter Buds Inc. has USDA certification for export to the European Union. Butter Buds Inc. has AMS Verification for export to China.


Food Safety Systems

Butter Buds Inc. complies with the FDA’s FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) for both human food and pet food. Butter Buds Inc. operates under a Food Safety Plan that employs the use of Preventive Controls and HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points). HACCP was originally conceived to analyze the food our U.S. astronauts took into space. HACCP is a standard food safety concept adopted worldwide. Butter Buds Inc. fulfills the rigorous protocol required for HACCP certification, including providing a Certificate of Analysis (COA) that summarizes the physical and microbiological results of our product testing. Both the Research and Development department and the Applications Lab operate under the food safety plan, complying with all FSMA requirements for complete food safety for any customer samples.

Butter Buds Inc. is a gluten-free production facility, providing Kosher (Orthodox Union) and Halal (Ifanca) certified products. Our organic offerings are certified by Oregon Tilth.

Our Director of Quality Assurance, a food science graduate, is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and International Association for Food Protection (IAFP).