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Switching From Synthetic to Natural Antioxidants in Pet Food

Posted July 24, 2020 by By Kemin Nutrisurance

As consumers seek label-friendly ingredients and regulatory groups evaluate the status of ingredients like BHA, BHT, TBHQ, ethoxyquin and propyl gallate, some pet food manufacturers and renderers are looking to switch from synthetic to natural antioxidants in their stability programs.

Although the transition to natural is becoming more prominent, some pet food manufacturers and renderers cite challenges like unfamiliarity, efficacy concerns and increased costs. But beyond avoiding regulatory concern, utilizing natural antioxidants allows manufacturers to enter higher-value, premium segments of the pet food market. And seeking out a knowledgeable partner can help make this transition straightforward and profitable.

Kemin Nutrisurance has collaborated with customers for over 25 years to successfully implement natural antioxidants in their pet food and rendering operations. We partner with customers to support education efforts and help develop strategies for a successful transition to natural. Our Customer Laboratory Support (CLS) team provides testing support and validation protocols to ensure the efficacy of natural antioxidants in rendering and pet food formulations.

Our broad portfolio of antioxidants includes both natural and synthetic options. Natural antioxidant options includes blends of mixed tocopherols, chelators, surfactants and also contain botanical extracts like rosemary, spearmint and green tea.

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Successful formulation with natural antioxidants in pet foods demands a throrough understanding of how processing impacts the stability of a finished pet food diet. Selecting the right antioxidant at the right dosage level is key to achieving desired shelf-life targets. For over 25 years, Kemin has led the way in developing natural antioxidant formulations that satisfy consumer expectations.