Introducing Sterile Raw Meats HPP (High Pressure Pasteurised)
The way HPP works is by applying high hydrostatic pressure, which is pressure exerted by a liquid, through a water bath that surrounds the product. The pressure is uniformly applied from all sides and throughout the product, which keeps the food from being crushed.
The process does not cause the foods to undergo significant chemical transformation, but does successfully eliminate all pathogenic microbes from the food, including bacteria such as Listeria, Salmonella, and E. coli.
Some of the Benefits from Sterile Raw Food
Raw food that has undergone HPP provides pets with a convenient source of a better-quality food that is also sterile.
Many veterinarians feel much more comfortable recommending sterile raw foods for pets, particularly those with compromised GI defenses. Pets dealing with dysbiosis and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD/IBS) may not have the gut resiliency to handle normal bacteria loads found in some foods. Many of these pets do much better on sterile foods until their gut issues are healed.
So sterile raw foods can be a good compromise for pet owners who want to provide the benefits of raw food to a dog or a cat, but worry about the risks, or for those which a true unadulterated raw diet would pose an unacceptable risk to the pet or even themselves. Keeping in mind that some pet owners are also immunocompromised or immunosuppressed, but they still wish to feed their pets the best, most optimal diet.
It is important point to remember is that HPP treated foods are sterile after processing, but are still susceptible to the same handling and storage issues that face all raw meat products. A half used bag of HPP treated raw food sitting in the refrigerator for four weeks will still pose the same risks as other raw meats. So the handling of HPP treated pet food is no different than the handling of any raw meat product.