The case against High Pressure Pasteurization.

What is HPP?

High Pressure Pasteurization is a USDA-approved non-thermal pasteurization process that is commonly used in the food industry. It’s viewed as an effective way to eliminate disease-causing bacteria, or pathogens such as E. coli, in food. It achieves this result through the application of using extremely high pressure exerted by a liquid through a water bath that surrounds the food. The pressure is uniformly applied from all sides in order from the product from being crushed.

The case against HPP.

+ Once HPP process is used, food cannot be considered legitimately raw

+ Pasteurization depletes and irreversibly denatures enzymes, vitamins, essential
fatty acids, and benefical bacteria

+ Processing deteriorates the molecular composition of meat

+ HPP does not kill the spores that may form when bacteria go into hibernation mode

High Pressure Pasteurized raw foods are no longer truly raw.

Pressure pasteurization strips away naturally-occurring probiotics, proteins, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. There is no good bacteria left to protect against bad bacteria. After the HPP process, meat is reground, due to the cooked appearance. Regrinding can contaminate meat with harmful bacteria, and further have a deteriorating impact on the chemical composition of the meat; including grinding, mixing, vacuum stuffing and freezing.

Standard mass market approach.

Much of the meat in this country contains pathogenic bad bacteria loads–a direct result of the crowded housing conditions, poor hygiene, and improper feeding and handling techniques of livestock animals. Thus the reason many companies chose or need to use HPP.  This is why we only use livestock that is not kept in confinement.

HPP loopholes.

Although HPP kills both bad pathogenic and beneficial bacteria, many bacteria will hibernate and form spores when faced with a hostile environment like HPP. Since beneficial bacteria have been destroyed, pathogens (bad bacteria) have no competition in the environment, and harmful spores can freely proliferate to infectious levels.

Our unique process sets us apart in the pet food industry



Our nutritional vision is to make the best pet food available. We found that the best way to accomplish this was by using fermented raw foods. Since the birth of our company in 2009, we have enjoyed organic growth all over the country thanks to the fantastic results of pets switching from processed, raw or so-called raw foods to our fermented diet.


Unlike any other raw diet, Answers Pet FoodTM enhances the nutritional value of raw food through the process of fermentation. It’s a safe, healthier option to standardized HPP. Fermentation produces a natural medicine known as bacteriocins, which destroy unwanted bacteria. By utilizing kombucha (fermented organic decaffeinated green tea), raw cultured whey, cultured raw goat’s milk, and kefir, we created our own category by becoming the first and only fermented raw pet food diet in the industry.


Good bacteria is needed to create a thriving gut, and we believe that bacteria is the number one missing ingredient in pet food. We inoculate every one of our foods with this beneficial bacteria and allow the organisms to thrive. These bacteria go to work pre-digesting the food, making it easier for pets to assimilate nutrients. Fermentation helps support immune function; it increases B-vitamins, digestive enzymes, antioxidants, and lactic acid that fight off harmful bacteria. Good bacteria fill up the food and also inhibit the growth of bad bacteria. Safety through inhibition—just like nature has done from the very beginning. Fermentation is the most natural and effective way for us to make our products as safe and healthy as possible.

From Farm to Bowl

We knew there needed to be a higher level of quality nutrition, food bioavailability, and a more humane way to source farm animals in the pet food industry.

Knowing the state of operations and quality of food that were currently on the shelves, we didn’t want to be a large, industrial corporation that outsourced materials, or one of the so-called raw food companies employing harsh processing techniques like high pressure processing or freeze-drying.

We knew it was time to offer a humane, sustainable way of organic, pasture-raised farming that protects the food state, environment, animals, and our pets’ well-being. From farm to bowl, this is how Answers Pet FoodTM was created.

Our standards are set both by science and by socially and environmentally-conscious principles. We’d like pet owners to re-examine how to meet their pets’ nutrition requirements and health care needs.

Our mission is to be more than a pet food manufacturing company, but an ethical, social,
environmentally-conscious and best-practices-based movement in the raw pet food industry. And our goal is to improve the probability that our pets live longer, happier, and healthier lives.

Beyond the Bowl was created to meet the needs of our pet parents that were looking to us for guidance on nutrition, feeding practices, health concerns, current and upcoming events, and sharing advanced medical news and research in the holistic pet health care industry.