PET Food Processing - March 2018 - 71


more than
True sanitary design for processing equipment encompasses
much more than the material used to construct it.
By Jennifer Semple |


Food safety is a critical factor in every stage of food
production from processing to packaging for both human food and food produced for companion animals.
The FDA's Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)
Preventive Controls for Animal Food rule has pushed
sanitary processes into the spotlight for pet food and
pet treat manufacturers. "Whenever we talk about
food safety, we have to incorporate sanitary design,"
says Ramon Martinez, director of food safety, Purina,
St. Louis, Missouri. "This applies to raw materials and
packaging materials, production lines and equipment
and finished product."
This sweeping reform of nationwide standards requires a written food safety plan for sanitation controls
that covers procedures, practices and processes to ensure the facility is maintained in a sanitary condition
to minimize or prevent hazards. Part of implementing
a FSMA-compliant food safety program is recognizing contaminants that can be controlled by an effective
prevention-based sanitation process. These FDA rules
are shrinking the gap between the sanitary requirements of a human food processing facility and an ani-

mal food processing facility. "It's raised the bar," says
Jim Gaydusek, US and Canada sales manager, Cozzini,
LLC, Chicago, Illinois. "The FDA is setting high standards for safe and sanitary pet food processing and
all processors will eventually need to meet these new
While pet food and pet treat processors are ultimately
responsible for establishing sanitary procedures and validating those procedures are effective, equipment manufacturers can play a key role by incorporating sanitary
design principles into their equipment offerings. A closer look at sanitary design reveals it is more than stainless
steel and the benefits go beyond food safety.

Multivac machines are cleanable to a microbiological
level, meaning surfaces are
smooth to 32 Ra μ in. (micro
inch), which makes it difficult
for bacteria to stay attached
while cleaning.

A whole new approach
Food safety is the No. 1 priority of any processor. Much
of the food processing and packaging equipment in the
pet food and treat industry has direct or indirect foodcontact surface areas where bacteria can harbor or accidental contamination can occur.
Contamination can come from a variety of sources
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