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PLANT PROFILE
After the product is removed from the casing, it is conveyed to the
grinder, pumped into the forming system and dispensed into various
shapes. The product is then conveyed to the spiral freezer.
complete washdown sanitation is performed at the end
of each shift.
" There is more pathogen testing here than any other
plant that I've been to, because we protect the raw state of
the product at each stage of the process, " Heussner said.
" Our food safety team reviews quality data and trends
daily and this plays a critical role in making fact-based
and timely decisions for action plans to be completed. "
The food safety and quality standards at the plant are
what sets Petsource above many of its competitors.
" We are excited to help
support the growth in
the freeze-dried pet
food segment. "
Amy Patterson, Petsource by Scoular
" We sell capabilities to our current and future customers
- and food safety and quality are our top priorities, "
Kucks said.
The Petsource facility in Seward is SQF certified and
earned an Excellent rating for the food safety and quality
modules in each of the first two years in operation.
Steven Moore, Ph.D., leads the food safety and quality
side of the plant and also the research and innovation
team. Current and potential Petsource customers are given
the opportunity to work with the innovation team to finetune
existing product recipes and to develop new ones. The
plant's testing laboratory, manned by a team of four, provides
the necessary tools needed for product development.
" Some of our brand owners are new to freeze-dried
The plant is divided
into raw and
ready-to-eat sides
to keep product
separated and safe
from contamination.
Workers remain in
their work zones
from the time they
arrive until they
leave.
moved, and product is returned to the totes to move
onto packaging.
Sixty percent of Petsource's current product mix is
packaged in bulk, in corrugated 400- to 600-lb totes.
Other product is packaged into 40-lb bulk boxes or into
6- to 16-oz retail-ready pouches.
Food safety and quality
Throughout the production process at Petsource, food
safety is top of mind.
" All products move through metal detectors at multiple
stages of the process, to ensure each stage is foreign
material free, " Heussner said.
Pathogen testing is conducted during every shift, and
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products and need new recipes developed from scratch,
while others are coming up with their own recipes and
just want our help prepping them for our systems, "
Patterson said.
With 10 years of experience in product and nutrition
development for the pet food industry, Amy Tesinsky
works with Moore in the plant's R&D lab as the research
and innovation manager. Tesinsky helps develop new
product recipes and runs test batches through the scaleddown
laboratory. The lab features a small grinder and
mixer and mini freeze drier so products can be tested
and analyzed before being scaled up for production. The
freeze-drying times in the lab are identical to those on the
production floor to ensure accuracy.
An in-house NIR (near infrared) machine helps ana
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