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Jeff Matis on modernizing pet food operations

Dec 17, 2019

Jeff Matis, PE is featured in Food Engineering’s “Expectations for conveniently packaged specialty pet food create challenges.”

With greater consumer demands and increasing regulations, pet food manufacturers must produce pet food as though it were human food, adapting to the latest trends and safest processes. Equipment plays a big role in safe pet food processing.

“The key aspect to all of the equipment for the pet food industry is that there is now little difference between the equipment and the process environment for either pet or human consumption.”

“Extruders, cookers, HPP and scraped surface heat exchangers are all means to ensure that raw meat products are prepared under controlled conditions to reduce biological issues,” says Matis. “This equipment and a raft of other types are now designed to control not only the process conditions and contact surfaces’ sterility during processing, but also the conditions, environment and any source of contamination post-processing until safely sealed inside whatever means of finished packaging is desired. Some packaged material will undergo thermal or other form of processing such as HPP to ensure post-processing sterility no different than human food products.”

Looking beyond the equipment, careful attention must also be paid to the design and organization of the facility.

“Facility design and organization all starts with establishing material segregation, personnel segregation and hygienic zone definition,” says Matis. “Raw and cooked side segregation is now the expectation, and process and support functions are organized around this primary demarcation.”

Hear more from Matis on equipment design, facility design and personnel movement in the full article here.