Nestec issued US patent for 'pet food product and method of manufacture'

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , April 15, 2014 () – United States Patent no. 8,697,116, issued on April 15, was assigned to Nestec S.A. (Vevey, Switzerland).

"Pet food product and method of manufacture" was invented by Michael J. Saylock (Kansas City, Mo.) and Dan K. Dixon (St. Joseph, Mo.).

According to the abstract* released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "A pet food is provided, comprising a sorbent food body and a fluid carrier comprising a functional ingredient absorbed into the body. The body preferably is relatively moist, having a moisture content for example of from 35% to 60% by weight and firm structure that is resilient under initial biting by a pet animal. Protein content is preferably at least 20% by weight. The sorptivity of the body is increased by depleting the body of a first liquid, for example by causing drying by exposure to a source of dry heat, such as in roasting, grilling, frying and baking. Methods of manufacture are disclosed including providing a sorptive food body, causing the body to take up a carrier fluid containing a functional ingredient and packing the body in suitable packaging. The invention further provides delivery means for delivering a functional ingredient to a pet animal, the delivery means comprising a sorbent food body with the functional ingredient absorbed therein. The functional ingredient may be a nutrient or a pharmaceutical."

The patent was filed on Oct. 26, 2010, under Application No. 12/911,919.

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