COEVORDEN, THE NETHERLANDS — IQI Trusted Petfood Ingredients announced June 8 it has invested in a Rotex screener, which will be used to improve the quality and food safety of its lamb meal ingredients as well as improving its logistic efficiencies.

Lamb meal is a seasonal product, sourced from Australia and New Zealand, and a primary focus for the company’s Coevorden and North American warehousing facilities year-round. The company conducts bulk screening and cleaning of lamb meal ingredients at both facilities.

The Rotex screening process can identify and remove foreign contaminants — including metal and plastic particles, bone fragments, wool and hair — from lamb meal ingredients. It works alongside the company’s existing methods for inspection, which include clean flow magnets, bullet magnets and a Safeline metal detector from Mettler Toledo.

“At IQI, we are committed to delivering high-quality pet food ingredients that have been cleaned of foreign bodies and contribute to the health and well-being of cats and dogs,” said Mark Oostendorp, chief executive officer of IQI. “The new Rotex machine is an important step in our continuous investment in IQI’s global distribution and warehousing facilities. The current global situation with all of its logistical challenges shows just how essential these facilities are for providing pet food manufacturers with the ingredients they need, when they need them.”

IQI was already using a larger version of the Rotex screener at its North American facility.

Additionally, the company has opened up its European warehousing and distribution facility in Coevorden virtually to allow customers and partners to view its processes remotely.

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