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FORMULATION
The 3 P's of Managing Shelf Life:
PRODUCT,
PROCESS AND
PACKAGE
Multiple variables ensure the quality and proper nutrition of
pet food and treats through the life of the products.
By Donna Berry | petfoodprocessing@sosland.com
M
Maintaining freshness through the shelf life of a product
not only meets the discerning expectations of today's
pet parents, but also prevents waste and even
sickness. It's all about starting with quality ingredients
and effectively preparing and packaging them in a
manner that meets the shelf-life demands of distribution
and pet owner habits.
" Shelf life is important for all forms of pet food, especially
when considering nutrient degradation, " said Lisa
Schole, co-owner, Evolve Consulting Group, Crofton, Md.
" Ensuring a proper shelf life protects the vitamins, minerals
and additional guarantees made on the product label. "
Amy McCarthy, vice president of pet nutrition, ADM
Animal Nutrition, Quincy, Ill., said, " Two top concerns
for pet food and treat manufacturers are microbial spoilage
and oxidation. Dried foods and treats are susceptible
to oxidation and mold, which can result from issues
like incorrect storage or high water activity. If seal
integrity of canned foods is compromised, microbial
spoilage may occur, potentially leading to swelling or
bursting of the packaging. Frozen and refrigerated foods
must remain at the appropriate temperature throughout
the cold supply chain to ensure safety and quality for
the product's full shelf life. Additionally, biodegradable
packaging has sustainability appeal, but it may offer less
protection against oxygen and moisture. "
From start to finish
Whether a product is wet, dry or chewy, to maximize
shelf life, you must start with quality raw materials. The
less moisture in the ingredients when they are delivered
to the pet food manufacturing facility, the easier they are
to work with in terms of delivering on quality, as moisture
invites deterioration.
" Manufacturers in rendering and pet food processing
have many decisions to make when considering ingredient
preservation and creating pet food products, " said Jim
Mann, global platform manager, antioxidants and food
safety, Kemin Industries, Des Moines, Iowa. " This includes
how to prevent microbial growth, control pH and
whether to use traditional or natural additives to prevent
oxidation and improve shelf life and product stability. "
www.petfoodprocessing.net | September 2021 | PET FOOD PROCESSING 31
Maintaining quality
through the specified
expiration date of
a product is critical
for a pet's nutrition,
enjoyment of the
product, and safety
for both the pet and
the humans feeding
the pet.
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