November 14, 2017
Nutriad invests in safety studies as part of its food safety initiative
Nutriad takes very seriously the safety of its products and ingredients not only to animals, but also to consumers. With that realisation, Nutriad USA recently made a significant investment in safety studies on their precision delivery coated sodium butyrate.
According to the American CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), 48 million people get sick in the US alone due to foodborne illnesses resulting in over 3,000 deaths every year.
Considering the overall recalls in the food industry, almost 50% is related to bacterial contamination, 7% is related to physical contamination and 6% is related to chemical contamination. Those recalls resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses not to mention the negative impact on company brands that can take years to recover
Besides cases of Salmonella, Listeria and E. Coli infection in beef, turkeys and chickens, cases of chemical residues and contaminants caused global damages to the food industry. The melamine scandal in Chinese milk for example affected over 300,000 people and caused several mortalities. Also, dioxins and PCBs were involved in several recalls and brand-damaging scandals in the feed and food industry, with recent cases in hog feed in Ireland, animal feed in Belgium, citrus pulp in Brazil and others.
In a project that spanned one and a half years and involved globally independent and recognised institutions, Nutriad USA assured their customers that feeding the studied product was safe for animals and consumers.
"The attention to details was key to accomplishing this project, in a process that involved certification, documentation, validation, verification, and research," said Dr. Steve Moreland, VP Technical Services and Support and lead person on this project. Dr. Moreland added, "Using national and international institutions gave us the assurance that we meet our customer's expectation that our product is stable over time and safe to their animals, and more importantly to their customers."