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1. (WO2010077357) FRIED-CHUNK FOOD COMPOSITIONS
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CLAIMS What is Claimed is:

1. A fried-chunk food composition comprising:

(1) food chunks that have been fried in oil at a temperature of from about 1 10 to 205 °C to produce fried food chunks having a moisture content of about 16% and an Aw of about 0.7; and

(2) from about 5 to about 35% plasticizer applied on the fried food chunks, wherein the fried food chunks with applied plasticizer have a moisture content of about 12% or less and an Aw of about 0.65 or less.

2. The food composition of claim 1 wherein the fried food chunks have a moisture content of from about 6 to about 12% and an Aw of from about 0.4 to about 0.65.

3. The food composition of claim 1 wherein the fried food chunks have a moisture content of from about 10 to about 12% and an Aw of from about 0.55 to about 0.65.

4. The food composition of claim 1 formulated to provide complete and balanced nutrition for an animal.

5. The food composition of claim 4 wherein the animal is a companion animal.

6. The food composition of claim 5 wherein the animal is a dog or a cat.

7. A method for making a fried-chunk food composition comprising:

(1) frying food chunks in an oil at a temperature of from about 110 to 2050C to produce fried food chunks having a moisture content of about 16% and an Aw of about 0.7; and

(2) applying from about 5 to about 35% plasticizer to the fried food chunks to produce a fried-chunk food composition that have a moisture content of about 12% or less and an Aw of about 0.65 or less.

8. The method of claim 7 wherein the food composition has a moisture content of from about 6 to about 12% and an Aw of from about 0.4 to about 0.65.

9. The method of claim 7 wherein the food composition has a moisture content of from about 10 to about 12% and an Aw of from about 0.55 to about 0.65.

10. The method of claim 7 wherein the food composition is formulated to provide complete and balanced nutrition for an animal.

11. The method of claim 10 wherein the animal is a companion animal.

12. The method of claim 11 wherein the animal is a dog or a cat.

13. A blended food composition comprising (A) one or more fried-chunk food compositions comprising (1) fried food chunks that have been made by frying food chunks in oil at a temperature of from about 110 to 2050C to produce fried food chunks having a moisture content of about 16% and an Aw of about 0.7 and (2) from about 5 to about 35% plasticizer applied to the fried food chunks, wherein the fried food chunks with applied plasticizer have a moisture content of about 12% or less and an Aw of about 0.65 or less; and (B) one or more comestible ingredients compatible with the fried-chunk food compositions.

14. The blended food composition of claim 13 wherein the comestible ingredient has a moisture content of about 12% or less and an Aw of about 0.65 or less.

15. The blended food composition of claim 13 wherein the comestible ingredient is selected from the group consisting of extruded kibbles, baked kibbles, extruded treats, and baked treats.

16. The blended food composition of claim 13 wherein the comestible ingredient and the fried-chunk food composition have a moisture content of less than about 12% and water activity of less than about 0.65.

17. A means for communicating information about or instructions for one or more of (1) the texture and appearance of the fried-chunk food compositions of the present invention; (2) the lack of preservatives in the fried-chunk food compositions; (3) the spoilage and shelf-stable characteristics of the fried-chunk food compositions; (4) instructions for feeding the fried-chunk food compositions or blended food compositions to animals; (5) contact information for consumers to use if they have a question about the food compositions or their use; and (6) nutritional information about the fried-chunk food compositions.

18. The means of claim 17 selected from the group consisting of a displayed website, a visual display kiosk, a brochure, a product label, a package insert, an advertisement, a handout, a public announcement, an audiotape, a videotape, a DVD, a CD-ROM, a computer readable chip, a computer readable card, a computer readable disk, a USB device, a Fire Wire device, a computer memory, and any combination thereof.

19. A package comprising a fried-chunk food composition of claim 1 and a label affixed to the package containing a word or words, picture, design, acronym, slogan, phrase, or other device, or combination thereof that indicates that the contents of the package contains a fried-chunk food composition with beneficial properties.

0. The package of claim 19 wherein the beneficial properties are even chunk distribution, improved fecal quality and consistency, improved digestibility, or improved palatability.