Retorting conditions affect palatability and physical characteristics of canned cat food

E.A. Hagen-Plantinga, D.F. Orlanes, G. Bosch, W.H. Hendriks, A.F.B. van der Poel*

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The effects of different temperature and time conditions during retorting of canned cat food on physicochemical characteristics and palatability were examined. For this purpose, lacquer cans containing an unprocessed loaf-type commercial cat food were heated in a pressurised retorting system at three specified temperature–time profiles (113°C/232 min, 120°C/103 min and 127°C/60 min) to equal a similar lethality (F 0 value = 30). Physicochemical properties (viscosity, texture, particle size, pH) were determined, and a 10 d three-bowl palatability test was performed with ten European shorthair cats. Retorting at 113°C/232 min resulted in differences in all the physical parameters examined ( particle size). Significant pH differences were observed (6·53, 6·63 and 6·66 for T113/232, 120 and 127°C, respectively). Preference ratios were 0·38, 0·31 and 0·31 for T113/232, 120 and 127°C, respectively (P = 0·067). It can be concluded that different retorting temperature–time profiles with equal F 0 value significantly affect physical characteristics and tended to affect palatability of moist cat food.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere23
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Nutritional Science
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • thermal processing
  • palatability
  • Texture
  • Viscosity
  • Canned food
  • Cats


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