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PLANT PROFILE

for sample-size packages; a flow wrapper system from
Delta Systems, Lowell, Ark.; a manual line for pre-made
pouches of any size; a semi-automatic line for canisters;
and a pack line for 50-lb bags and up to 2,000-lb tote
sacks from JEM Bagging Scales, Shawnee, Kan.
Kansas City Treats also provides support assembling
different point-of-sale marketing platforms including
clip-strips, counter displays and quarter-pallet designs
depending on customer needs. The company currently
ships product throughout the United States and Canada
and to Korea, Australia, Israel and Malaysia.

Designed for safety

A key to success for the treat manufacturer and its customers is adherence to stringent food safety protocols.
Kansas City Treats' manufacturing facility has strict separation between what the company refers to as the red zone
and the green zone. The red zone or pre-kill areas include
the processing steps before product reaches the kill step
or a point in the manufacturing process where potentially
deadly pathogens are eradicated. The green zone or postkill areas include everything after the kill step.
A prominent feature on the outside of the building
is the plant-wide air handling system from Cambridge
Air Solutions, Chesterfield, Mo. This system provides
controlled airflow from the green zone to the red zone
using a MERV-13 filtration system. MERV stands for
minimum efficiency reporting value. To achieve MERV13, a filter must catch 90% of particles in the 3-10 µm
range, 90% of particles in the 1-3 µm range and 50% of
particles in the 0.3-1 µm range. The entire 11-acre site
is conveniently located adjacent to rail and interstate
highways and is enclosed by fencing to facilitate the food
safety and security programs designed to protect employees and the plant.
The company holds all finished product as part of a
positive release food safety program, meaning product is
shipped only after analytical and microbiological safety
tests are completed and confirm that specified quality
standards have been met. Kansas City Treats conducts
third-party testing by outside labs as well as in-house
testing at Fairview Mills' extensive testing facility in
Seneca. The in-house laboratory can analyze ingredients and products for aflatoxins, mycotoxins, moisture,
water activity, protein, fat, fiber, ash and other specified
Top: Under J-Six ownership, the addition of an Extru-Tech sanitary,
multi-pass dryer has significantly added to Kansas City Treats'
production capacity. Middle: These cartons contain 21-count long
lasting chews with three flavor varieties packaged in 7-count flow
wrap packaging. Bottom: According to Kansas City Treats, the
market for dental and long-lasting chews will soon be a $1 billion
segment annually of the pet treat industry.

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