Jason Shelton, Ph.D.


Global Vice President of R&D


Kemin Nutrisurance

Presentation description:

Medium-chain fatty acids to inhibit yeast and mold spoilage in pet treats – Shelton explains how microbial spoilage presents a significant pet food safety and quality concern, especially in terms of mold and yeast in semi-moist pet treats due to their water activity and moisture content. With the ongoing consumer push for natural labels, preservatives research has focused on effective alternative natural options to the cultured whey and combination vinegar + citric acid products that are commonly used in the marketplace today. New studies show the promise of a novel, pantry-label-friendly liquid product containing coconut oil with high levels of fatty acids.


Jason Shelton, Ph.D., is vice president of research and development for Kemin Nutrisurance. His background is in non-ruminant nutrition, and he has spent 19 years working with animals either in the pet food or animal agriculture industry. During his career, he has lived in four countries leading R&D, technical service or business teams.