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common when cleaning up pet food and treat labels."
One other important aspect of pet foods is being strong
enough such that the kibbles or treats do not readily fall
apart. Lundberg noted because of Citri-Fi's high internal
surface area, it has the ability to bond well with the pet
food's matrix to better hold it together, reduce stickiness
during processing, and provide added strengthening.
"In semi-soft chews, citrus fiber retains moisture and
improves texture to create a more meat-like texture," he
said. "During processing, if there is a tendency for water
or oil separation, citrus fibers can readily bind and stabilize this as a result of its absorbent properties while also
being pH and heat stable. While having many functional
properties, citrus fiber is also a clean label ingredient that's
consumer friendly with a simple ingredient declaration."
Another hot area where this natural citrus fiber manages water migration well is in fresh or raw pet foods such
as those packed in chubs or casings. Citri-Fi binds the
water and oil so that there is no weeping within the packaging during refrigeration or freeze/thaw. This natural ingredient also contributes to the meat-like texture which

improves the overall appearance of the product.
Traditionally, moisture content had been
used as the main moisture-related release
specification, but Carter noted
outreach efforts to educate
manufacturers about the difference between water activity and moisture content,
and that microbial growth
is controlled by water activity and not moisture
content, has led manufacturers
to prioritize water activity as the most
critical release specification.
"With pet food, setting an ideal water activity specification is a critical step in formulating for safety and
quality," he said. "That's why it's important to establish
water activity specification, formulate to meet that specification and monitor production with frequent water
activity testing to create an optimal shelf life and achieve
maximum revenue."
PFP

Some processors are
using target water
activity parameters as a
primary determinate of
finished product quality
and shelf life stability.
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