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Sheep Casing Grade

 Salt has been used as a direct preservative for thousands of  years particularly as an extension agent for meat and fish products. The preservation action of salt is through a  reduction of water activity. The salt level and its influence on water activity, in combination with other factors including pH and temperature, are the primary determinants of microbial growth.
Pakistan being a major exporter of sheep casing uses a lot  of salt for the preservation. Salt is a very important contributor to the preservation of sheep casing, it may be added, as dry salt or brine, and is used in combination with techniques such as drying, soaking and fermentation as well as in combination with other preservative compounds. HUB-PAK is playing its due role with the contribution of excellent quality salt for the sheep casing industry. There are over 10 different grades which qualify to be used in such applications.


Flossy Salt

Leather is made from animal skins or hides which have been chemically treated to preserve quality and natural beauty. The chemical procedure used to ready raw animal hides for use is called "tanning." A piece of hide or skin which has been tanned produces a strong, flexible leather which is able to resist decay and the majority of leather made today is produced from tanned cattle hides, though many types of hides can be used, including those from horses, goats, calves, lambs, deer, kangaroos, reptiles, seals, and walruses. 
Raw animal skins go through several steps during the tanning process. Depending on the type of hide used and the desired end-product, the steps taken during tanning can vary greatly according to the demand of the end product.
Animal skins or hides are first "cured," a process which involves salting and/or drying the hide once it's been stripped from the animal. can be cured either by Wet-Salting or Brine-Curing. Brine-curing is more common than wet-salting, as it's considered a faster, easier method. During brine-curing, hides are positioned carefully in vats and smothered with a mixture of salt and disinfectant. 
Flossy Salt (Hide Salt) is used in the tanning industry, mainly for the processing of cattle skins. It has other chemicals added which acts as pesticides. 
Boric Acid up to 1.0% and Sodium Fluoride up to 1% is added to control bacterial growth in the hide . Hides and sheep skins are normally salted with a reasonably low quality salt, that is the basic reason that HUB-PAK does not enjoy a good market in this segment, ofcourse with a few exceptions of real quality conscious customers . Hide salts are usually only washed grades but the additives need to be monitored very strictly, as in the absence of proper chemical dosing it might spoil the expensive leather.
Typical Sieve Analysis or Mesh Size Distribution ( MSD ) used in this grade is between 2 mm and 0.5mm, thus it is commonly known as Flossy Salt.


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