Pet Food Processing - March 2023 - 27

FOOD SAFETY
MITIGATING
PATHOGENS
Keeping pet food safe from contamination is a
constant concern in production environments.
By Kimberlie Clyma | kclyma@sosland.com
In a perfect world, eliminating pathogens in a processing
environment would be simple. Ideally, processors
would remove food safety risks during and after production
with a few quick and easy procedures, safely sending
pet food products away from the plant without concerns
of further contamination. Pets and their owners
would be safe from any potential illnesses and product
recalls would be a thing of the past. Unfortunately, that
perfect world does not exist in pet food processing -
or in any processing environment, for that matter. And
since foodborne pathogens are still a very real concern
for processors and their end consumers (both the pets
and their parents), mitigation techniques are a crucial
element of every pet food operation.
Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes are the largest
biological hazards in pet food and treat production.
Even though it's rare for dogs and cats to become ill from
these pathogens, they can pass on the bacteria to their
owners. Humans that interact with contaminated pet
food or animals that are carrying the bacteria can become
sick. In addition, aflatoxin, which is a mycotoxin
produced by molds and is common in grains and nuts,
can cause serious illness or death in pets and humans.
Under pressure
One technology used to eliminate food safety risks and
control pathogens is high pressure processing (HPP). HPP
is a non-thermal technique which involves loading airtight
packages into an HPP vessel or chamber and applying isostatic
pressure (equal pressure on all sides) with water. The
constant equal pressure from water inside the machine inactivates
microorganisms that could potentially cause illness
to both pets and pet handlers or food spoilage. Aside
from the obvious food safety and shelf-life benefits, HPP
The raw pet food
blends at Petsource
undergo HPP and are
tested for Salmonella
and Listeria monocytogenes
before
continuing to the
freeze-drying process.
Rebecca S. Gratz
www.petfoodprocessing.net | March 2023 | PET FOOD PROCESSING 27
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