New label-friendly preservative for processed meat
Proven to inhibit the growth of Listeria monocytogenes and other gram-positive bacteria, NovaGARD NR 100-G, part of the DuPont Danisco range of antimicrobials, keeps meat products safe and high in quality throughout shelf life.
The regional launch follows the regulatory approval of nisin for use in heat-treated processed meat by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority that was triggered by the newly food category adoption in the Codex General Standard for Food Additives.
Protection for consumers and brands
“This game-changing technology is now accessible across parts of the Middle East, thanks to regulatory expansion of use. It will provide manufacturers with a higher degree of flexibility in their product formulations and an opportunity to replace chemical preservatives,” says Keshav Krishnamani, regional product manager, DuPont.
For beef and poultry meat manufacturers in MEA, the launch is timely. IndustryARC forecasts a CAGR of 8 percent up to 2025.1 Around 90 percent of meat products sold in the region are estimated to be processed and cooked. With NovaGARD NR100-G, meat processors now have access to a natural, label-friendly food protection solution for these products.
According to the WHO, ready-to-eat processed meats are in the high-risk category for contamination with L monocytogenes, which causes listeriosis. Among those who contract the disease, 90 percent are hospitalised with an estimated mortality rate of 20 to 30 percent.
“Using NovaGARD NR 100-G, meat manufacturers can both protect consumers and their brand reputation,” Krishnamani states.
High quality with a natural label
NovaGARD NR 100-G is a synergistic blend of two natural ingredients: nisin A, a naturally occurring antimicrobial that has demonstrated its efficacy for more than 60 years; and rosemary extract, an approved flavour complex believed to have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties on top flavouring attributes.
Together, they are an effective combination against gram-positive bacteria and spores. In poultry applications, for example, the blend has been seen to protect product quality for up to twice as long. Manufacturers can also secure the sensory quality of their products during shelf life.
Krishnamani explains, “This is an opportunity to delay bacteria spoilage and help processed meats keep their appealing taste, texture and colour right up to their use-by date.”
NovaGARD NR 100-G is easy to use without processing alteration. Due to its naturally sourced and processed ingredient composition, it meets consumer needs.
FOODStuff SA is ascertaining if this product is approved for use in South Africa.
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