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INGREDIENTS
fruits and vegetables into
premixes offers a solution
that goes beyond
mere fortification. "
The addition of fruits
and vegetables complements
the growing trend
in human-grade pet food.
Product labeled as such
will rely on human-grade
premixes.
" There has
creased interest
been
in
inconverting
from 'feed-grade'
materials to 'human-grade'
vitamins, minerals and
other nutritional ingredients
in pet food
premixes, " said Scott
Harris, director of ingredient
solutions, Freemen Nutra Group,
Edison, NJ. " Brands today are pushing
for perceived quality and that is one
of the driving forces for the change of material.
Cargill conducts
inbound nutrient
testing, scale
verifications, mixer
validations, batching
record reviews and
positive release
testing to validate
that premixes
meet customer
specifications.
The premixes are
homogeneously
blended to ensure
that the pet gets the
nutrition it needs.
Cargill
Regulations for human food and supplements are typically
a higher standard versus the pet feed standard. "
A balancing act
Many supplemental micronutrients are highly concentrated
and needed in very low inclusion rates. Premixes
are blends of these nutrients and often come in portion
packs for ease of addition. They will typically be plated on
an inert carrier, with or without protectants, such as antioxidants
to prevent degradation, or anti-clumping agents.
Such extra ingredients are almost always part of a premix
that needs to be measured out, as this assists with ensuring
consistency and uniform dispersion in the final product.
" There are several processing aids, such as silica,
maltodextrin and lecithin, that are utilized during premix
production to aid in blend homogeneity, to improve
flow behavior, and as a filler to meet the customer's desired
dosage requirement, " said Navneet Grewal, senior
formulation scientist, Glanbia Nutritionals, Chicago.
Premixers - the companies that create the blend of
nutrients - take a number of steps to ensure efficacy
and quality. When formulating a premix, there are several
factors to consider.
" There may be processing and storage losses and ingredient
interactions, " Grewal said. " Type of package
matters, too.
" Differing nutrient forms and percent compositions
can exhibit varying physical and chemical characteristics,
homogeneity complexities and stability levels, " Grewal
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Within the world of pet food
fortification, premixes are a
formulators secret weapon. "
George Josef, dsm-firmenich
" Pet food manufacturers must understand the nutrient
composition of each ingredient, appropriate ingredient
inclusion levels, the effects of various processing methods,
palatability of the ingredients, and other factors when developing
a formulation, " Davenport said. " It is also important
to remember that dogs and cats require nutrients and
not ingredients. Dogs and cats must be able to digest and
use the amino acids in a protein source to ensure their essential
amino acid requirements are met. "
In vitro and in vivo studies are critical to determine
nutritional quality.
" Although purchasing individual micronutrients may
seem more cost-effective than purchasing a premix,
partnering with a reputable premix blender can be more
economical in the long run, " Hansen said. " It can reduce
the number of supplier audits because the manufacturer
relies on the premixer to do that process. "
Premixes increase production efficiency since the
premix contains multiple ingredients already quality
checked and accurately weighed. This also improves micronutrient
quality and reliability in finished pet foods,
as they will be better dispersed into the final product.
added. " Nutrient reactivity can vary depending on several
factors, including the end matrix and moisture content. "
When dealing with concentrated micronutrient
sources, ensuring efficacy and quality of ingredients is of
utmost importance.
" Even before we receive an ingredient, we have completed
an extensive manufacturer and supplier audit.
Then, inbound ingredients are tested based on use and
risk, " Hansen said. " For example, a vitamin can be tested
for nutrient concentration, trace minerals for heavy metals,
and other ingredients for microbial contamination.
" Finished premixes are also subject to strict quality
standards, which can include document verification,
inventory reconciliation and positive release testing, "
Hansen added. " We complete all these checks under an
umbrella of good manufacturing practices and government
regulations. With the high nutrient potency of premix
ingredients and the critical need to supply just the
right amount to avoid deficiency or toxicity, no safety
factor can be overlooked. "
Premixes also reduce purchasing, inventory and manufacturing
complexity for the pet food manufacturer. But they
may increase costs, a cost that is worth it in the long run.
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