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TOMRA Food publishes new e-book for pet food processors and ingredients suppliers

Free-to-download publication identifies the three big threats to pet food safety and product quality, and spotlights how technologies new to the pet food industry can counteract these

With optical sorting technologies, pet food can be safe and fault-free

In today’s increasingly competitive market, pet food manufacturers must ensure their products are safe, fault-free, and contain exactly what they claim. This means eradicating all traces of foreign materials and cross-contamination, and guarding against the naturally-occurring poison aflatoxin. Not easy, you might say - but now that TOMRA Food has brought its world-class sorting technologies to the pet food industry, it can be done.

Why only remove foreign material from dry kibbles when you can also prevent cross-contamination?

No manufacturer of dry pet food likes losing revenue by throwing away good product. And no buyer of dry pet food likes opening the bag to find that the contents look imperfect. Yet both of these disappointments can happen - and happen too often - when poor silo-management allows differing batches of kibbles to unintentionally get mixed-up.

Keeping foreign materials out of rendered and processed pet food

Preventing foreign materials from reaching the end of the processing line is a battle that producers and renderers of pet food must fight on two fronts. On one front are the incoming raw materials, which almost always contain unwanted objects; on the other, the processing line itself, where unwanted materials can accidentally fall into the product mix. Some foreign materials are big and easy to see, some so small they’re almost invisible - but whatever their size and wherever they come from, all must be removed. No exceptions, no excuses.

Removing lethal aflatoxins from pet food

As a large number of product recalls recently showed, plant-based ingredients in pet foods can hide a dangerous poison. The near-invisible threat is aflatoxin, one of the mycotoxins produced by certain molds (fungi) on plants such as corn, grain and tree nuts. When this slips into the food chain undetected, it can harm pets and pet food manufacturers’ reputations.


TOMRA Food and Haarslev have formed a strategic partnership to introduce new sensor-based sorting technologies to the global rendering industry. This is expected to be a game-changer in the industry, enabling renderers and by-product processors to attain unprecedented levels of efficiency, food safety and product quality.

Petfood processing is set to be transformed by sorting technologies

The processors of petfood ingredients are under pressure to raise product standards without also raising prices – and changing market demands mean that this challenge is unlikely to go away. But there are two important pieces of good news to counteract this.


Optical sorting machines now benefit the renderers of animal food production by-products.

For petfood processors, three big market trends bring new opportunities

Petfood processors will have to respond to significant new market trends. The desires and demands of petfood buyers are shifting, and this means that many petfood producers will change what they’re asking processors for. A quick look at the three biggest sales trends reveals why and how.

Keeping our homes healthy and safe in times of uncertainty

The far-reaching impact of Covid-19 has influenced the way that billions of people live and thousands of businesses function. It has been extraordinary to see how people of the world, despite all of our differences, have come together to fight the virus and support each other in this time of turmoil.