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Mink Food Acidulant

Sodium Bisulfate Pet and Mink Feed - A Great Combination

Sodium Bisulfate Pet: A Dry Acid for Mink Feed

Jones-Hamilton Co. leads the way in dry acidification research and development for the pet food industry. Recently, mink breeders and mink feed producers recognized sodium bisulfate as cost effective replacement for phosphoric acid in mink feed.

Chemical Classification

Sodium Bisulfate Pet™ is a dry granular acid that easily dissolves in water. Its appearance is similar to table salt, and it is considered non-hazardous by the DOT. Its chemical formula is NaHSO4. In a water solution, it dissociates into sodium ions, hydrogen ions and sulfate ions.

In 1997, sodium bisulfate was approved for use in animal feed. It is classified as a general purpose feed additive under the Association of American Feed Control Officials’ (AAFCO) Feed Ingredient Definition. In 1998, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) categorized sodium bisulfate as GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) for use in human foods.

Acid Strength Comparison

For most applications, sodium bisulfate can replace 75% phosphoric acid on a pound for pound basis. Since sodium bisulfate is less expensive than phosphoric acid, its use will yield savings immediately.

Feline and Mink Urine Acidification with Sodium Bisulfate Pet™

Formation of struvite crystals in the lower urinary tract is a common cause of lower urinary tract diseases. In some cases, complete obstruction occurs. Urine acidification can dissolve existing crystals and prevent the formation of new crystals. A urine pH of 6.0 to 6.5 is an acceptable range to prevent the formation of crystals. Studies prove that sodium bisulfate significantly lowers feline and mink urine pH.

MSU Mink Study Final Report