The issue at the present time is simply that the FDA – who regulates pet food products – has a zero-tolerance for all pathogens. This means that unless a manufacturer has a kill-step in place to ensure that the products they are selling are pathogen-free, the product is out of compliance with the current regulations.
Based on Primal Pet Foods’ manufacturing process, there are currently two options available for implementing the elimination of pathogenic bacteria.
- The first option is irradiation. Food irradiation is the process of exposing food to ionizing radiation to destroy microorganisms, bacteria or viruses that might be present in the food. Primal Pet Foods does not and has never used this option as a kill-step.
- The second option is High-Pressure Processing. HPP is a unique process that kills pathogenic bacteria through high-pressure, water-based technology. High-Pressure Processing is a USDA-approved, 100% natural process, and is allowed for use on organic and natural products.
We have studied HPP since 2008 and have a thorough understanding of its benefits. We have performed enzyme testing on both non-HPP and HPP raw pet foods and the findings show that there is virtually no change at all if the process is performed accurately and with the correct scientific and production knowledge.