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INGREDIENTS

PROCESSING AIDS TO THE

Maintaining ingredient quality and production efficiency
are a few benefits offered by processing aids.
By Donna Berry | petfoodprocessing@sosland.com

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The " humanification " of pet foods has introduced " human food production " issues into pet food processing facilities. Ingredient stability, speed of production, ease of
robotic automation, and quality assurance through distribution and shelf life have become greater pain points
with the new generation of complex pet food systems.
" From plant-based treats to wet food made with allorganic ingredients, many of the same consumer trends
driving innovation in the food and beverage market have proliferated into the pet food aisles, " said Jeff
Matis, senior project manager, CRB Group, St. Louis,
an engineering, architecture and construction company.
" Manufacturers are experiencing the same plant design
challenges and opportunities with pet food processing as
they do with foods and beverages. Advanced design elements help manufacturers better adjust to a modern pet
food processing plant.
" Three areas that manufacturers should focus on are
hygienic design, managing temperature control in the
facility and designing for linear flow, " Matis said.
Ingredient selection plays into each of these areas,
as some ingredients may be overly wet or sticky. The
other extreme is too dry and crumbly. Emulsified slurries may foam in the vat, complicating further formation. Raw ingredients introduce an entire new level
of considerations.
" Incorporating raw meat into pet food creates new
requirements for the facility environment, " Matis said.
" Facilities handling raw meat should be designed to prevent contamination and harborage of bacteria.
" A temperature-controlled area within a processing
facility requires a proper plan and an understanding

of the processes within the space, " he added. " The
temperature-controlled area must be determined and
mapped prior to developing a design for the area, taking into consideration required temperature control
recovery time, washdown specifics, downtime for
cleaning, temperature and humidity control during
process and cleaning and effluent stream changes due
to room temperature. "
In many of these areas, production operators will rely
on processing aids. These are additives included in the
formulation or on the equipment for the sole purpose of
improving the production process.

In high-moisture
treats, processing
aids can be
utilized to
bind water.
Corbion

Additive vs. food additive
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates
these additives, with many Generally Recognized as Safe
(GRAS) for an intended use. Others require approval as
a " food additive. "

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