Chris Tecca, CEO
In a world still reeling from COVID-19, biosecurity, pathogens and particularly viruses are at the forefront of public debate like never before.
Biosecurity programs within the animal production industry are commonplace and robust, certainly when pertaining to human and vehicle movements and pest control. Animal feed has long been acknowledged as a fomite for food safety pathogens such as Salmonella and E. coli, yet still largely overlooked in the biosecurity discussion. However new research in the US and EU, shows that dry feed matrices provide ideal conditions for viruses to survive and thrive long term, long enough for a host shipment of soybean meal to travel from China or Russia to EU or US feed mills. One company has focused its efforts on helping competent authorities and food producers evaluate and mitigate that risk.
For more than 40 years, Anitox has partnered with the world’s food producers to develop and deliver innovative programs to produce safer food efficiently. “We strive to have a deep and relevant understanding of how pathogens spread and behave in feed matrices’, explains Anitox chief executive Chris Tecca.
“This knowledge allows us to create feed sanitation solutions that control the microbial load in feed and prevent further contamination, ultimately supporting our customers’ livestock growth and nutrition goals. Producers need solutions that, through a combined approach of efficient feed production and livestock feed utilization, maximize both the nutritional value of feed ingredients and the genetic potential of production animals,” states Chris Tecca. “That’s what we do: we pride ourselves on helping producers deliver safe, high-quality animal feed to keep harmful pathogens out of live production, and we do it by leveraging comprehensive, science-based, proven feed sanitization and milling efficiency solutions.”
“Because raw materials and feed ingredients vary, and brands have different value propositions and consumer pledges, every producer has specific feed sanitation and milling efficiency needs. Our team of experts works hand in hand with food safety teams, nutritionists and veterinarians to determine the right approach, acknowledging tolerance to feed pathogen risk and challenges presented by antibiotic- or cage-free production systems.”
“Our range of feed sanitizing solutions supports comprehensive biosecurity programs. Feed sanitizers Temin-8 and Finio, demonstrate the highest possible levels of pathogen control and protect against recontamination from feed mill to on-farm feeder. Because feed form significantly impacts nutrient availability and uptake, our milling efficiency programs support sustainable meat and egg production goals, optimizing feed investment. They create high-quality pellets, delivering uniform nutrition to livestock while simultaneously enhancing production efficiencies and reducing overall energy consumption.”
As Tecca describes, the rising cost of raw materials means feed efficiency is currently as much of a headline topic for producers as virus safety. “High ingredient costs place emphasis on nutritionist-set moisture targets in feed. Not only is moisture management critical to least-cost feed production, but it also plays a vital role in animal nutrition.” The milling efficiency program mentioned centers on Maxi-Mil, a milling aid nutritionists and producers rely on to achieve nutrient specifications and targeted moisture content, balancing productivity by reducing shrink, improving pellet qualityand increasing throughput.
So how does Anitox work? Tecca explains: “We approach each challenge based on a complete understanding of the problem. Knowledge of feed microbiology and milling processes is a fundamental prerequisite. Our field sales and technical team work with food safety specialists and nutritionists to help map feed-source pathogen risk across operations. Complex challenges demand robust, proven solutions. Our engineers conduct comprehensive mill surveys and work with customer feed milling teams to ensure changes are made efficiently and safely. Drawing on scientific expertise, we develop customer-specific feed analytics programs post-installation to demonstrate ongoing product value and provide the evidence needed for quality assurance.”
With a footprint in 68 countries worldwide and continued growth despite the pandemic, Anitox helps customers manage costs while improving efficiency and sustainability. In the past 12 months, real-time monitoring tools to customers were released, offering an opportunity to better evaluate product performance and video-based engineering support was implemented to provide continuous support in unprecedented time.
“Unlike the mega operators with portfolios containing hundreds of products, we are specialists. We are here to address a specific problem, and our customers appreciate that.” Tecca proudly remarks.