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Antioxidants In Fishmeal: A Double Benefit

December 2021

Due to the growth of omega-3 supplementation in human nutrition, the recovery of omega-3 Fatty Acids (FA’s) derived from the oil of harvested fish has grown significantly in the past few years. Many fish species are used as an omega-3 (FA) source, including the oils derived from salmon, herring, sardines, anchovy, mackerel, and tuna. Fish oil can be separated by methods such as a wet reduction process, enzymatic or autolytic (silage) processes, dry rendering, solvent or supercritical fluid extraction. Some of these extraction processes create fish meal proteins as a by-product of the fish oil extraction. These fish meals can then be sold in animal feed and pet food applications. The process of extraction can take place on shore, or sometimes on a processing vessel at sea. These products and processes have been the subject of many safety issues due to the volatility and stability of the proteins in question.

A woman Holding a plate of fish


Spontaneous ignition of fishmeal has resulted in accidents and fires in fishmeal storage, both on land and in vessels at sea. The heating of fishmeal is due to atmospheric oxidation. The chemical process is complex and involves a series of reactions within the fish meal and it’s fatty acids. These spontaneous ignition fishmeal fires are caused by the heat generated through fermentation or oxidation. The contributing FAs include mono- and especially polyunsaturated FAs (MUFAs and PUFAs, respectively), which appear at a concentration of 63–79.5% in Atlantic salmon. One of the main disadvantages of PUFAs is their low oxidative and thermal stability. The rate of oxidation of such FAs (especially at higher temperatures) drastically increases with the increasing number of double bonds present, even by few thousand times. The relative oxidation rate of α-linolenic acid (an omega-3 FA) is 2500 times higher in comparison with saturated stearic acid. Light (photo-oxidation) and the presence of heavy metal ions contribute to the initiation of auto-oxidation.


Thermal degradation or fragmentation of these intermediates leads to odor-active carbonyl compounds such as aldehydes, ketones, alcohols and esters, aldehydic acids, alkanes and alkenes. In fish oil, the main odoriferous compounds resulting from oxidation are propanal, pent-1-en-3-one, hex-3-enal, and pent-1-en-3-ol.


The fishmeal industry sought to resolve the dual problem of odor and fires by modifying the product to render it inert or less susceptible to oxidation. This was achieved by the addition of antioxidant during the production of the meal. The stabilization of fish oils like Salmon oil can be simply performed by using Natural antioxidants. Tocopherol blends, such as FoodSafe Technologies™ SafeNature™ Marine product line are the most appropriate due to their lipophilic characteristics. Use of synthetic antioxidant BHT blends like EntendOx™ Marine are ideal for fish meal feed applications.


The timing of the process of adding antioxidants to fish meals and fish oil is as critical as the addition of the antioxidant itself. Antioxidant are used up as treated fishmeal ages. If an insufficient quantity is added at the time of production, it will be used up before the condition of the fishmeal has been stabilized. As a result, at some stage after production, oxidation will start, producing substantial quantities of heat and the risk of a serious rise in temperature in the affected meal. However, this will not be evident for some time after loading. For production processes that have longer duration, a two-step addition of antioxidants is encouraged, once at the stage of production of the meal (and the fish oil), and second application after time has absorbed the efficacy of the initial antioxidant application. The timing of this second application can be determined best by shelf-life trial applications and treatments of the targeted fish species product.

Antioxidants. Stabilizing fats. Stopping fires.

Click here to consult with the experts at FoodSafe Technologies about the best practical application in your Fishmeal application.

FoodSafe Technologies exhibits at PetFood Forum in Kansas City April 29 through May 1

May 2019

FoodSafe Technologies is pleased to exhibit again at the PetFood Forum in Kansas City, the ideal meeting place for the Pet Food Industry producers from around the world.

PetFood Forum in Kansas City

This is the Pet Food industry's leading pet food manufacturers and suppliers gathering, involving technology symposiums, industry trends, and production and process breakthroughs. Come by booth 836 and hear the about the latest in shelf life, antioxidants, and pet food safety.

Foodsafe To Exhibit At IPPE February 12-14

February 2019

FoodSafe Technologies to exhibit at the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE Show) in Atlanta, Georgia February 12th through February 14th.

IPPE is the world's largest annual poultry, meat and feed industry event of its kind, and the world's largest annual display of technology, equipment, supplies, and services used in the production and processing of eggs, meat, and poultry and those involved in feed manufacturing.

All segments of the industry are represented: feed milling, hatchery, live production, processing, further processing, marketing, and all support activities. The 2018 IPPE featured more than 7,093 international visitors from over 124 countries. Stop by Hall A booth 1747 to learn about the latest in antimicrobial and antioxidant products from FoodSafe Technologies.

Foodsafe Responds To Ethoxyquin Ban With 10E, An Approved Ethoxyquin Replacer

January 2019

Now that the EU has fully implemented its complete ban on Ethoxyquin as a feed antioxidant, many feed pre-mixers and processors are finding it difficult to distinguish between stabilizing their export products and domestic products. This coupled with Ethoxyquin’s ability to remain in animal tissues even after rendering, leaves processors vulnerable for having export products rejected for residuals of a banned substance. Processors have been turning to FoodSafe Technologies for alternative solutions.

FoodSafe Technologies product Extend-Ox™ 10E is a cost-effective formula combining proven synthetic antioxidants into one formula blend to be used as a direct ethoxyquin replacer. Extend-Ox™ 10E has been used in multiple feed applications to stabilize fats and lipids that were formally stabilized with ethoxyquin now that ethoxyquin cannot be used in feeds for EU processing applications, including feed pre-mixes, pet foods and aquaculture applications.

The full 2019 ban of Ethoxyquin in the EU (and Australia) follows the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) earlier findings of one of ethoxyquin’s metabolites, ethoxyquin quinone imine, to be possibly genotoxic, and p-phenetidine, an impurity that could be present from the manufacturing process, to be possibly mutagenic, prompting the ban. In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration has found a verifiable connection between ethoxyquin and buildup of protoporphyrin IX in the liver, as well as elevations in liver-related enzymes in some animals. Back in 1997, the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine asked pet food manufacturers to voluntarily limit ethoxyquin levels to 75 ppm. In its continuous reach to improve ingredient listings, the Pet Food industry has informally banned ethoxyquin. This same 75 ppm limit for ethoxyquin is rationally applied in feed pre-mixes for animals produced for human consumption.

In most cases, FoodSafe Technologies will conduct comparative trials to optimize the raw materials stability, establishing the right dosing and formula mixtures. At the end of test process, FoodSafe Technologies delivers a product with equal performance to ethoxyquin, overcoming the export regulatory burdens and banned substance worries.

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FoodSafe Technologies™ names Hydrite™ HydriPet™ as Distributor for SafeNature™ Natural Antioxidants for Pet Food and Pet Treats in North America.

December, 2018

FoodSafe Technologies™ – an international supplier of antioxidant and antimicrobial products serving pet food manufacturers, pet food protein manufacturers, and co-packers, is proud to announce that it’s SafeNature™ brand of natural and botanical antioxidant products are now available to the Pet Food Industry and Pet Food Co Packers through Hydrite™ and the HydriPet™ brand.

SafeNature™ is commonly used as an antioxidant in the pet food industry due to its ability to offset the deterioration of lipids and fats within pet foods ingredients. Because of the availability of unique ingredient variations within the SafeNature™ product family, including Made in the USA, USA Crops, Non-Soy, Country of Origin claims and Non-GMO product variations, SafeNature™ has become well accepted within the Pet Food industry.

As an increasing number of new pet food and pet food treat products are launched, there is a growing demand from the formulators of these products for improved label claims, and in turn, demanding high quality botanical, plant extract, and natural antioxidants in smaller packages. These new product launches typically do not have the same volume as Big Box brands, and the brand developers need to protect their higher- quality label claims and ingredient list. Working together with Hydrite™, FoodSafe Technologies™ can now assure rapid delivery of medium to smaller package sizes to these Pet Food producers, ensuring their label claims are not compromised.

By partnering with Hydrite™ and the HydriPet™ division, FoodSafe Technologies™ seeks to make available smaller packages of these antioxidants ‘on demand’ within the Hydrite ™ distribution delivery model. This allows the developing and growing pet food company and brand to source the exact antioxidant they would prefer to use, support enhanced label claims, and have those exact antioxidants available for delivery. This prevents higher inventory carrying costs, and avoids accepting lower quality antioxidants offered by sub-contractors. Product quality, enhanced label claims, and product integrity are paramount for growing pet food brands. FoodSafe Technologies™, Hydrite™ and HydriPet™ can economically support the enhanced label claims for all pet food brands.

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SQF (Safe Quality Food) Certification

November 1, 2018

FoodSafe Technologies LLC is proud to announce the company facility in Deer Park, New York has achieved SQF Level 2: Certified HACCP Based Food Safety Plans Certification, achieving one of the most rigorous food safety and quality programs in the industry.

SQF Level 2: Certified HACCP Based Food Safety Plans Certification

SQF (Safe Quality Food) is a GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) recognized HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points) based food safety management system. Obtaining the SQF certification requires companies to go through a rigorous evaluation process. Certified SQF auditors assess the company's Food Safety Quality Management System (FSQMS): Vendor management, facility programs, Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points (HACCP) plan, allergen control, crisis management, food security and management commitment. Additionally, SQF requires on site HACCP trained SQF Practitioners who not only lead the implementation, but also makes certain that the SQF program works and is followed.

SQF Level 2 certification is recognized by all major food producers throughout the world, is a guarantee to customers that the products FoodSafe Technologies produces and sells meet the highest food safety standards.

FoodSafe Technologies is an international supplier of antioxidant and antimicrobials serving food manufacturers, pet food manufacturers, pet food protein manufacturers, and co-packers throughout the world.

Introducing SafeNature-SUN

September 1, 2018

FoodSafe Technologies™, a leader is shelf life stability products, introduces SafeNature™-SUN antioxidant.

SafeNature-SUN harnesses the power of natural antioxidants delivered in Sunflower Oil. SafeNature-SUN delivers tremendous antioxidant stability in a Natural antioxidant products that can be delivered in custom variations, including Made in USA from USA Ingredients, and Non-GMO product version for Premium Pet Foods seeking enhanced label claims.