As in recent editions of The Extru-Technician, this issue continues a focus on food safety within extrusion-based manufacturing. In this issue we want to consolidate previously shared information to assist our readers, specifically those with existing petfood manufacturing facilities, in their efforts to deal with the legacy facility design and legacy equipment challenges and how they might be managed.
High meat pet food diets raise the risk of bacteria and other pathogens in those foods, says Will Henry, of Extru-Tech's research and development team.
We believe the presentation teaming Greg Aldrich and Will Henry together will help dispel fears in the market relative to running high meat diets with this type of equipment. Both will also present information about how those type of products will very soon define the Super-Premium Petfood category.
Pet owners are paying more attention than ever to what their pets eat, and as they increasingly focus on the individualized nutritional needs of their animals, traditional proteins such as chicken, beef, pork and lamb are no longer the only options on their radars.
Ensuring that you are operating a safe facility and producing safe pet food products starts with your processes. You need to measure and manage your processes against one or more food safety methodologies. Next, you need to consider the design and layout of your facility, your process flow in relation to the layout and the housekeeping activities that are part of the flow. Then, consider food safety certification as a final step in proving your facility and products are as safe as you claim.
A Pet Food Safety segment, sponsored by Extru-Tech Inc., discusses reasons why pet food safety is so important and covers measures being taken to ensure food safety, including the Food Safety and Modernization Act recently implemented by the US Food and Drug Administration.
New shelter data casts doubt on whether the pet population and pet ownership are truly growing.
While the pandemic caused unprecedented suffering worldwide in 2020, the disruptions to dogs, cats and other pets adoption numbers may normalize in 2021.