Food Safety Products for the Pet Food and Rendering Industries

No facet of the pet food industry is more important than food safety. It’s a responsibility shared by everyone involved in the process—from pet food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers and renderers, to distributors, retailers and the billions of pet owners worldwide who feed pet food and treats to their companion animals.

Ensuring food safety in the pet food industry is a challenging and complicated process. One area of complexity is managing oxidative deterioration and microbial contamination in ingredients and finished pet food products.

A proper ingredient management approach is essential for controlling oxidation and microbial risks in pet food ingredients. Failure to control these risks can result in increased microbial hazards, reduction in palatability and loss of nutrition quality . Effective management of microbial risk can be accomplished by usage of appropriate microbial control ingredients. Autoxidation can be effectively managed through the use of antioxidants throughout the entire pet food manufacturing process. Kemin is a leader and innovator in both of these areas.

The Leader in Microbial Preservation and Mold Inhibitors

Kemin is the industry leader in preservatives and mold inhibitors used in the pet food manufacturing process. Our selection of natural and synthetic preservatives are designed to extend the microbial shelf-life of ingredients, pet food and pet treats.

ALLINSUR™ and PREVION™ are innovative solutions for renderers and pet food manufacturers with the dual benefits of oxidation management and providing microbial control in oils, fats, raw materials and pet food products.

ALLINSUR A: Managing Inherent Fat and Oil Risks

Microbial hazards are a major pet food safety issue and can be a potential public health issue when there is direct human contact with pet food. ALLINSUR A features a unique blend of antioxidant and organic acid that provides an effective solution for controlling autoxidative deterioration of fats, preserving fat freshness and influencing conditions that impact microbial risks in fats.

Microbial risk management also requires a hazard analysis be completed across the full supply chain and production process. This may be followed by a recommendation to put preventative controls in place. Ingredients applied topically to kibble after the extrusion kill step can pose a significant microbial risk. Because oils and fats are added post-extrusion, several methods can be implemented to manage the associated risk:

  • Proper sanitation and hygiene
  • Heating fat to control microbial levels
  • Using solutions that promote microbial control

ALLINSUR FS: Managing Rendered Raw Materials

Raw materials used in the rendering process are not immune to challenges and risks. For example, delays in processing the raw materials can impact the oxidative and microbial quality of rendered protein and fat. Also, endogenous or exogenous enzymes, such as lipases or decarboxylase enzymes, can cause a degradation of the raw rendering material. The production of lipid oxidation by-products, free fatty acids, and biogenic amines can be initiated by these enzymes.

The degradation of rendering raw materials can have important negative effects on a rendering plants operational efficiency. If a raw material deteriorates the heat transfer ability of the fat is reduced, resulting in longer cooking times and elevated energy costs. The longer cook time will also increase the generation of more product fines, which will result in less efficient press operation. Additionally, there can be a decrease in the fat yield, which contributes to the protein meal being more difficult to handle.

ALLINSUR FS includes a unique blend of preservatives and antioxidants that assists in maintaining the raw material quality during the rendering process. ALLINSUR FS helps to prolong freshness in raw materials by mitigating oxidation and preventing microbial degradation. Protecting the quality of raw materials can also serve to enhance operational efficiency in the rendering plant, reduce plant odors, and help to achieve the pet food manufacturer’s specific quality objectives.

PREVION: Preservation for Pet Treats

The pet treat market continues to grow rapidly as pet owners have grown accustomed to treating their companion animals with a variety of indulgences, including natural pet treats which have an assortment of healthy and wholesome characteristics.

PREVION gives pet food manufacturers an effective, natural alternative to the synthetic preservatives more commonly used to extend the shelf life of pet treats. Designed to maintain the freshness of pet treats and pet food, PREVION features a unique water-soluble blend of buffered distilled vinegar and citric acid — available in a powder form – for inclusion in marinades, brines, dry ingredient blends or directly in the meats used for pet treats.

Kemin is Your Freshness Protection Partner

The Kemin Technical Service and Customer Laboratory Service (CLS) teams are proud to partner with leading pet food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers and renderers. We’re ready to become your freshness protection partners.

Contact a Kemin sales representative today to see how our team can deliver technical advice and lab testing support to help your operation achieve optimum oxidation management, natural mold inhibition and microbial control for your rendered fats and protein meals, pet food products and pet treats.

*Natural here is defined by the 2011 European Pet Food Industry Federation Code of Good Labelling Practice for Pet Food.

**Certain statements may not be applicable in all geographical regions. Product labelling and associated claims may differ based upon local government requirements.

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