Soft-moist pet food process

  • US 4,212,894 A
  • Filed: 10/18/1978
  • Issued: 07/15/1980
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/18/1978
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. An improved process for preparing a meat-containing, intermediate-moisture animal food comprising meaty materials, and sufficient amounts of preservatives to stabilize the final product against microbial deterioration, adapted to be packaged without resort to sterilization and stored for extended periods of time without refrigeration, said process comprising:

  • (a) preparing a flowable slurry of fresh, uncooked meaty material in a solution containing sufficient preservatives to maintain the meat free from microbial spoilage for a period of at least 5 days without refrigeration and having a moisture content in excess of 50% and an Aw in excess of 0.88;

    (b) holding the slurry at a temperature effective to maintain homogeneity of the slurry including dispersed fat until needed for processing;

    (c) pasteurizing the meaty material;

    (d) shaping the pasteurized meaty material, including any additional nutritional ingredients and preservatives, into the desired form; and

    (e) packaging the shaped animal food in a substantially moisture-impermeable package.

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