Pet Food Processing

AFIA to host Pet Food Conference at IPPE 2013 in January

Pet Food Conference will be held January 29 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
On Tuesday, January 29, 2013, the American Feed Industry Association and the USPOULTRY Poultry Protein and Fat Council will sponsor the sixth annual Pet Food Conference on the first day of the International Production & Processing Expo. The forum will feature a number of sessions addressing topics ranging from regulatory issues to the technical aspects of petfood production, food safety, marketing and use of ingredients.
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Food manufacturing equipment auction to be held November 14

GoIndustryDoveBid will auction manufacturing, packaging, processing equipment from major food distributor
  GoIndustry DoveBid, a global provider of surplus asset management, auction and valuation services, will be conducting a one-day online auction featuring an assortment of late-model food manufacturing, packaging and processing equipment from a major food distributor, including: product blending, vacuum frying and dehydration systems. Bidding on more than 150 items opens Wednesday, November 14 at 11 a.m. Potential buyers can register online for the auction event.  
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Validation of extrusion as killing step for E. faecium

The greatest reduction of E. faecium for the inoculation levels (about 5 log) in a carbohydrate-protein meal would occur at the temperature of 81.1uC and moisture content of 28.1%
Outbreaks of Salmonellosis and recalls of low-moisture foods including extruded products highlight the need for the food and feed industries to validate their extrusion processes to ensure the destruction of pathogenic microorganisms.
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Cambrian Pet Foods to invest in new petfood production line

Investment of £1.4 million (US$2.2 million) will create 22 new jobs.
Cambrian Pet Foods is investing £1.4 million (US$2.2 million) to expand its petfood production line and create 22 new jobs. With help from a £500,000 (US$801,104) through the Economic Growth Fund, the petfood company will install a new petfood production line to expand into the growing market for premium petfood in convenience packaging. 
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Wenger Manufacturing to host petfood safety seminar

Food safety seminar, February 26-March 1, will focus on each step of petfood production, including plant design, packaging and more
Corporate Project Services, a division of Wenger Manufacturing, will host a food safety seminar focusing on petfood processing, February 26 through March 1. A group of industry professionals will share food safety information as it applies directly to each step of the petfood production process, from plant design to sourcing raw materials, production, sanitation and packaging. 
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Avure offers HPP raw meat protein on-demand webinar

Webinar demonstrates benefits high-pressure processing for raw meat protein
Avure Technologies offers an on-demand webinar video for meat processors in the petfood industry looking to learn more about high-pressure processing of raw meat protein. The webinar, "HPP Applications for Raw Protein," demonstrates how high-pressure processing can help achieve extended shelf life, improvements in meat color and texture, improved tenderness and more.
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Texas A&M University to hold petfood extrusion short course

Week-long course in February will cover petfood production, selecting equipment and more
Texas A&M University staff, industry representatives and consultants will present a one week Practical Short Course on Feeds & Petfood Extrusion on February 3-8, 2013. The program will cover information on designing new feed mills and selecting conveying, drying, grinding, conditioning and feed mixing equipment. 
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Kansas State names Greg Aldrich head of new petfood production program

Petfood production added to Feed Science program, Aldrich appointed research associate professor and petfood program coordinator.
Kansas State University is expanding its Feed Science and Management program to include petfood production. Greg Aldrich, PhD, was appointed research associate professor and petfood program coordinator by Dick Maier, head of the university's Grain Science and Industry department.
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WellPet unveils US$20 million dog food processing plant expansion

45 new jobs to be added when expansion is complete by September.
Petfood manufacturer WellPet recently unveiled the US$20 million expansion of its dry dog food processing plant in Mishawaka, Indiana, USA, according to a report. When the petfood plant expansion is complete, the company will add 45 jobs, as well as green technology and automated petfood packaging. 
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Petfood industry members discuss petfood production, safety

Roundtable discussion with retailer, manufacturers, industry representative focuses on ensuring safe petfood, minimizing recalls
  A recent roundtable discussion by Natural Pet Product Merchandiser brought together a petfood retailer, two petfood manufacturers and a petfood industry representative to discuss the petfood production and safety, including the impact of a petfood recall and controls to prevent one. Although the US Food and Drug Administration’s website shows more than 1,000 petfood and treat recalls since March 2007, Nancy K. Cook, vice president of Pet Food Institute, says this should not be a cause for concern to consumers.  
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