Food safety regulations extend beyond human consumables to most pet food processors, as well. Facilities that produce pet food are subject to the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2010, as well as a number of industry standards, such as Safe Quality Foods.
You are required to have a comprehensive Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) or Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventive Controls (HARPC) plan in place, including proper filtration of the air, water, and steam used in your process.
Each pet food facility will have unique needs, but in general, there are at least 13 locations where filtration is critical to the safety of your product and equipment. Here are just some examples:
- Source water: Municipal or spring water used to feed boilers or clean-in-place (CIP) and steam-in-place (SIP) systems.
- Ingredient water: Process water used to adjust moisture content during product blending.
- Culinary-grade steam: Steam used to condition meat, or cook product in cans at specified temperatures.
- Extrusion: High-pressure steam that forms food into its final shape and size.
- Compressed air: Air used to dry equipment after it's washed.
Working with an experienced filtration company will help you develop filtration that is both compliant and cost-effective.
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