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FOOD SAFETY
" The longer pet foods
are stored prior to being
sealed in their final
packaging, the greater
the chance there is of
mycotoxin growth. "
Rob Di Lorenzo, SCIEX
the storage of pet food products at a processing facility and,
later, at a warehouse or retail location.
" The packaging itself can also become vulnerable the
longer it is stored, " Di Lorenzo said. " Wet food is typically
stored in hermetically sealed tins, but dried food and treats
are often sold in bags that can be torn or cut during shipping
and stocking shelves. There has been more than one
occasion where I've seen box cutter rips in dog food bags on
the store shelves. "
On another, broader level, pet food processors tasked
with food safety can monitor macro conditions to assess
the risk for mycotoxins in ingredients. Hawkins noted that
weather is always a key mycotoxin risk and outlined the
specific impact of weather.
" Fusarium molds need moisture and moderate temperatures,
whereas Aspergillus molds need warmer, drier
weather, " Hawkins explained. " Both of these climatic
conditions are present on a global basis in a growing season.
The outlook for the 2022 growing season in North
America is starting dry. The soil moisture level across a
great portion of the United States is dry compared to the
past three years. This can delay planting in some areas,
putting the developing crop into drier pollination and maturity
times. This is always variable and one heavy rainstorm
can change everything. "
If mycotoxins are found in testing, swift action is essential in
minimizing damage to products, pets and brand reputations.
Processors should have a plan for disposing of any tainted
batches or products and keep up to date on recall protocols.
Because mycotoxins can be so stubborn, pet food brands
can also communicate information to their consumers on
how to maintain product safety and quality.
" From a consumer perspective, always check the date labels,
especially for more moist treats and food, " Di Lorenzo
recommended. " Additionally, be sure to check the integrity
of the packaging. "
Pet parents should keep an eye on pets for symptoms of
mycotoxin exposure, including vomiting, loss of appetite,
weight loss, tremors and lethargy, among other signs, and
seek prompt care.
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