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of the product. Not only does
this make the product safer for
pets, it also makes the product
safer for pet owners and families
to handle. "
Jason Meents, vice president
of research and technology,
Instinct Pet Food, St. Louis.
Mo., noted the company currently
runs all freeze-dried and frozen products through
HPP via an external processor. Starting in March
2025, the company will move the process to internal
operations.
" HPP allows minimal processing, which is a core
tenet of our category and follows our brand promise
to provide the highest quality, safest pet food, " he said.
" This prevents the denaturing of proteins, starch gelatinization,
or destruction of phytonutrients that you see
in cooked products and allows us to still provide the
benefits of a raw diet. "
By working with an
experienced provider,
manufacturers can focus on their
brand and leave the technical
expertise to the HPP provider. "
Jeff Barnard, Universal Pure
Benefits of HPP
There are several key benefits of using HPP in pet
food production compared to traditional preservation
methods, such as thermal processing or chemical
preservatives.
" Improved food safety for one, " Soto-Castro said.
" HPP effectively inactivates harmful pathogen bacteria,
ensuring a safer product for pets. "
JBT-Avure Technologies, Middletown, Ohio, manufactures
HPP machines of varying capacities for processing
products of all types, including pet food.
Austin Lowder, Ph.D., food science manager of Avure
Technologies, explained that food technologists talk
about " reducing the pathogen load " meaning that the
high pressures denature the proteins in the bacteria,
yeasts and mold that may be present, which makes it
impossible for the pathogens to absorb nutrients and
process them.
" This effectively renders them harmless, " he said.
" The HPP process makes the product safer as it reduces
but does not eliminate the pathogen load. So, while it
may improve shelf life, we should be clear that it does
not create a shelf-stable product. "
While HPP technology can help protect food from
pathogens and can help extend product shelf life, HPP
machines are a substantial capital investment.
Hiperbaric
HPP provides food safety benefits by inactivating
potentially harmful microorganisms within the product.
HPP does this naturally, without the use of added
chemicals or heat, which can negatively affect nutritional
properties. This allows for
a more natural product.
This also allows companies
to comply easier with
food safety regulations,
which are increasingly more
rigorous. HPP-treated pet
food products can be labeled
as " all-natural " or " preservative-free, "
appealing to pet
owners seeking healthier and
more natural options.
" When HPP is applied to
bulk product prior to freezedrying,
it acts as a kill-step
and provides an additional
layer of food safety for the
final dried product, " Barnard
said. " HPP does not degrade
the product's nutritional
properties or affect the way it
is digested by its four-legged consumers. "
Unlike thermal processing, HPP preserves the nutritional
value of pet food ingredients, including vitamins,
enzymes and antioxidants. This helps expand the market
opportunities by protecting the health benefits of the
added ingredients. As a result, HPP maintains the natural
flavor, color and texture of the pet food, providing a
fresher taste and appealing texture for pets while making
it safe to handle and consume.
For example, Cottonwood Heights, Utah-based
Steve's Real Food's " Study of High-Pressure Processing
Universal Pure is
a high-pressure
processing
service provider
for food
manufacturers
including those
making pet food.
Universal Pure
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