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future growth. "Be it new products or additional capacity,
the same food safety considerations as above need to be
applied," said Janzow. This is particularly important, as
being able to think ahead before things get started can
prevent delays and backtracking once construction begins.
"Sometimes the customer doesn't always have a good
understanding about what they want their building to function like, so there are always changes during the course of
construction," said Bill Carey, director of safety at Gray. "And
any time you have to go back and start changing things in the
middle of the process, it can make safety a little more difficult.
When we start to get into rework, the chances of an incident
occurring go up because it wasn't necessarily planned for."

2

Sanitation: considering all the
angles

Planning for the future isn't just a good
idea for new construction - it can save a lot of headaches
later, when you realize you need bigger, better machinery ...
but don't have the space for it without a physical expansion
of your existing building.
"The first challenge is, with an existing manufacturer,
when they come to the realization that as their company
is growing, they need an automated washing system and
they struggle with space," said Kevin Quinn, sales manager
for Douglas Machines Corp., a manufacturer of automated
washing and sanitizing equipment specializing in the pet
food, nutraceutical and food distribution industries. "With
existing facilities, oftentimes the first piece of advice we
share with a customer comes too late in the process. We see
time and again a well-planned manufacturing facility that's
designed for the addition of production lines at some point
to increase the amount of product being manufactured, but
little attention was spent to the space required to automate
the cleaning/sanitizing procedures."
There is a solution, one that Douglas implements often in
these situations, but it's not ideal: you can replace your full
manual operation with smaller, partially automated solutions that suit the space you do have.
"We can accommodate a customer who has an existing
facility with limited space to an extent," said Quinn. "Or,
sometimes companies will build an expansion to accommodate new machinery, in which case they have the
specifications of the new machines from the start and build
to fit. Sometimes they just don't have the space for the best
machine, but at least they can upgrade to get something that
does the job better than before."
Industry July 2019

The construction of a facility has its own inherent safety
risks, and pet food facilities in particular have intricacies that
warrant plenty of discussion as the plan is being created.
Photo courtesy Gray Construction

Fortunately, according to Quinn, more and more
companies are turning an eye to sanitation from the start,
something he attributes to the changing tides of industry
priorities.
"I think the pet food industry as a whole is filled with a
lot of sharp businesspeople who are proactive in this area,"
said Quinn. "Not only in production and coming up with
efficient equipment to process the product, but also looking
at the food safety aspect at a very early stage. Up until
maybe five years ago, we would promote our brand based
on water savings, labor savings and consistent cleanliness
and sanitation. But if you look at any of our ads in the last
couple of years, every one at the top says, 'When food safety
counts.' Food safety is an immediate ROI factor. People
used to look at automating because they wanted to save on
labor first, then water and detergent consumption. All these
factors are important, but people come to us now in an effort
to prevent a food safety issue such as a recall. Food safety
has become the primary factor for considering a washing
system, and then all the other factors follow suit."

3

Fire risk: top dangers and the
importance of planning ahead

Prevention is a common theme when
speaking to safety experts, for multiple reasons.
"Prevention is less costly, less destructive and
less harmful than mitigation of a fire or explosion," said
Terry Franklin, regional sales manager for supplier in the
development and manufacturing of fire prevention solutions
Fagus GreCon Inc. When it comes to fire prevention, at least,
keeping track of the basics can make a significant difference in reducing potential catastrophe. Some of the most
commonly overlooked hazards are neglected maintenance
and fugitive dust, according to Franklin.


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Contents
Should consumer demands always dictate pet food’s path?
Speaking of…
News and Calendar
Lucky & Prince: Human-grade pet food at accessible prices
3 considerations of pet food facility safety
E-commerce: A growing pet product purchasing channel
5 free-from claims top sales in US pet food market
Guide to Petfood Forum China 2019
Pet chew net content declarations: Is count sufficient?
Titanium dioxide: A whitener with broad application
Taking a page from pet supplements
New Products
Marketplace
Advertiser’s Index
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Petfood Industry - July 2019 - Contents
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Petfood Industry - July 2019 - Should consumer demands always dictate pet food’s path?
Petfood Industry - July 2019 - 5
Petfood Industry - July 2019 - Speaking of…
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Petfood Industry - July 2019 - News and Calendar
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Petfood Industry - July 2019 - Lucky & Prince: Human-grade pet food at accessible prices
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Petfood Industry - July 2019 - 3 considerations of pet food facility safety
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