Maintaining product freshness, protecting quality, and increasing shelf life are essential to the development of high quality pet food. TERMOX, a complete line of liquid and dry synthetic antioxidants, is specially formulated to stabilize fats, protein meals and finished petfood products that are highly susceptible to oxidation—providing freshness protection from raw petfood ingredients through to the final product.
The Right Antioxidant for Every Application
Antioxidants are an important ingredient in pet foods in order to protect the nutritional value and sensory properties of the food and its ingredients. In the presence of oxygen and free radicals, fats and oils in foods can oxidize or turn rancid. Antioxidants function to inhibit or slow down oxidation by reacting with free radicals. Oxidation can cause many negative effects in foods. The most common effect of oxidation is the formation of rancidity, which includes off odors and flavors. This is the most noticeable effect of oxidation and can lead to poor consumer and pet acceptance of the product. Oxidation can also lead to decreased nutritional value by degradation of fats and fat soluble vitamins. In extreme cases, oxidation can cause negative health effects from the formation of toxic metabolites and destruction of vitamins.
While it’s true that we cannot stop the oxidation process—we can control it. A complete stability assurance program can help petfood manufacturers, ingredient suppliers and renderers control oxidation through all phases of the petfood production process. A key component to an effective stability assurance program is having an integrated approach to freshness protection.
At Kemin, we understand that quality assurance programs must consider the entire scope of stabilization—from raw material quality to stability in the final petfood product. That’s why Kemin offers a wide range of synthetic antioxidants, ensuring you have the right antioxidant blend for every application to achieve complete freshness protection.
Not All Synthetic Antioxidants Are Created Equal
A number of antioxidants commonly used in rendering and petfood manufacturing – including butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), tertiary butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ) and propyl gallate (PG) – are effective in controlling the free radical chain reaction associated with the oxidation process.
Synthetic antioxidants such as these provide oxidative stability to ingredients commonly used in the rendering and petfood industry, and while they are generally effective in controlling the autoxidative process, Kemin scientists understand these antioxidants react differently depending on the process and the substrate that is being stabilized. This is why Kemin offers a range of synthetic formulations to provide maximum protection from oxidation.
TERMOX for Stabilizing Animal Fats, Protein Meals and Pet Foods
Kemin is proud to offer TERMOX, a complete line of liquid and dry antioxidants for the stabilization of fats, oils and other raw materials, as well as finished petfood products that are highly susceptible to oxidation. This provides superior freshness protection from raw petfood ingredients through to the final product