Pet Food Processing

Petfood safety: key decisions for your HACCP program

HACCP’s real purpose is to provide a systematic method for making sound product safety decisions
Hazard analysis and critical control points, or HACCP, is a regulatory requirement for many industries and is the basis for managing food safety in a variety of international management systems, such as ISO 22000, the British Retail Consortium and Safe Quality Foods Institute. There is no argument as to the effectiveness of HACCP when it is applied properly. However, poor implementation or abuse of the system can be devastating.
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For petfood, true innovation now lies behind the scenes

For Interzoo 2012, the organizer of the event -- arguably the largest pet trade show in the world -- invited me to give a presentation during the show's international press conference. While honored and flattered by the invitation, I was also rather nervous, initially, because of the requested topic: innovation in petfood and treats.
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Designing your plant for petfood safety

Whether you’re building a new petfood plant or retrofitting an existing one, incorporate food safety into the design process
With increased scrutiny by consumers and regulators in the US, European Union and other regions, ensuring the safety of petfood products is crucial. For petfood manufacturers, food safety starts at home—in this case, the manufacturing plant, especially when it is being built or retrofitted.
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Alliance of expertise is key to petfood safety

Early collaboration by experts in process engineering, systems integration and equipment ensures best practices in petfood safety
Site and facility design is a critical component of petfood safety. The seamless integration of design, systems integration and processing equipment technology minimizes the risks of product contamination.
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Sustainability: not just for huge multinationals

A new report shows retailer Walmart and Nestle, parent company of Nestle Purina, ranking among the top corporate sustainability leaders worldwide, according to GreenBiz.com. Based on a survey of "industry experts and professionals" by GlobeScan Inc. and SustainAbility Ltd., the report names 13 such leaders, with Unilever at the very top.
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ADM Alliance Nutrition to build new petfood premix plant

New feed premix plant in Effingham, Illinois, USA, to be completed in 2014
ADM Alliance Nutrition Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Company, will build a new feed premix plant in Effingham, Illinois, USA, with enhanced processes and controls to meet safety standards for petfood premixes and specialty blends. The new facility, expected to be fully operational in early 2014, will incorporate stainless steel conveyances and processing equipment, with automation enabling real-time tracking of every ingredient through bar coding and lot controlled numbering systems.  
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GA Pet Food Partners invests in sustainable petfood manufacturing

New environmental management facility can clean, recycle air and water on-site
GA Pet Food Partners, a UK superpremium private label dry petfood manufacturer, recently invested millions in the construction of a new environmental management facility as part of its 10-year sustainability plan to produce petfood using more environmentally friendly and sustainable methods. GA's facility sits on 27 hectacres of land that features water treatment works, three biofilters and the ability to clean and recycle all air and water on site. The company also has an on-site packaging recycling plant that separates paper, cardboard and plastics to reduce landfill waste.  
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Applying polymer science to petfood production

When applied properly, basic polymer science principles can assist in ingredient screening, formulation development and process design in the production of petfoods.
Polymer science — the study of the glass and melt transitions of polymers — has been developed and used by the synthetic polymer industry for many years. In recent years, the principles of polymer science have been applied to the petfood extrusion process to better understand and predict processing effects.
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Thailand petfood manufacturer orders KSE bulk outloading system

Perfect Companion Group installs parts for filling hoppers of grain petfood ingredients through packaging
KSE Process Technology recently received a phased order for the bulk outloading process of petfood manufacturer Perfect Companion Group in Thailand. The ordered parts are intended for filling hoppers of petfood grain ingredients.
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The formulator’s dilemma: how processing affects pet nutrition

Better understanding of processing influences allows you to turn the art of nutrient fortification into more of a science
Thermal processing—also known as cooking—of petfoods provides a number of benefits, including convenience, enhanced flavor and texture, improved consistency, pathogen control and decreased spoilage. However, extensive processing can increase variability, destroy essential nutrients and create unwholesome by-products. From a formulator’s perspective, this creates a dilemma regarding how to assure the diet is sufficiently fortified while avoiding excess after accounting for processing effects.
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