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Figure 2. Formulation and processing of a liquid enteral formula.

Two methods of manufacturing are commonly used for powdered enteral products: spray-drying and dry-blending, either separately or in combination. Spray-dried product is UHTST or HTST processed as a concentrated liquid prior to the drying step. In the drying step over 95% of the water is removed to bring the powder moisture content to a level that does not promote microbiological growth. Dry-blending is a process where dry ingredients are mixed in a chamber by rotating ribbons or plows. Dry-blending is desirable when there is heat- or moisture-sensitive ingredients in the product formulation. Occasionally, base powders are spray-dried, followed by dry-blending of sensitive ingredients.

The process of spray-drying or dry-blending can produce a powder that does not disperse easily in liquid. The process of agglomeration is used to improve powder dispers-ability in liquid by binding small, dense particles together to provide a larger surface area to "wet."

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Homemade Pet Food Secrets

It is a well known fact that homemade food is always a healthier option for pets when compared to the market packed food. The increasing hazards to the health of the pets have made pet owners stick to containment of commercial pet food. The basic fundamentals of health for human beings are applicable for pets also.

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