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New Ingredient to Reduce Foodborne Bacteria in Meat

by 5m Editor
25 March 2010, at 9:18am

US - A&B Ingredients has announced the immediate availability of its new CytoGuard LA antimicrobials that reduce foodborne bacterial levels in a wide range of food products, including meat and poultry.

According to A&B Ingredients, CytoGuard LA is a powerful antimicrobial based on Lauric Arginate, a derivate of lauric acid, L-arginine and ethanol, all naturally occurring substances. Specifically designed for use in meat and poultry products, it is effective at significantly reducing bacterial levels in a wide range of food products by altering the cell membranes of the microbes, thus preventing their growth.

Gil Bakal, Director of Marketing, said: "The efficacy of CytoGuard LA is not affected by pH. CytoGuard LA has a wide spectrum of activity and functions on nearly all bacteria. It is effective against Listeria, Salmonella, E. coli, Campylobacter, yeast, moulds and Lactobacillus, just to name a few."

CytoGuard LA is also ideal for improving food safety and reducing bacteria levels of refrigerated food products, as well as ready-to-eat fresh cuts of meat and poultry and all types of prepared salads. Because it is used at low levels, it typically does not impact flavour, colour, texture or pH of the product.

Among the benefits of CytoGuard LA are: stable up to one year; stable in pH ranges 3 to 9; stable to heating and freezing; concentrates in the water phase of products; at typical usage levels, it does not impart any off-flavours to most food products; it is a clear liquid and it will not affect the appearance of food products

The preferred method of application of CytoGuard LA is through A&B Ingredients' SLIC (Spayed Lethality in Container) technology. SLIC is a patent-pending process designed to improve the safety of ready-to-eat (RTE) processed meat products against recontamination by pathogenic bacteria, i.e. Listeria monocytogenes. This new system utilises a cost-effective new concept of creating an anti-microbial solution or purge at the time of packaging.

Mr Bakal added that the active components in CytoGuard LA have been proven a safe and effective alternative to conventional processing treatments. He said, "Full toxicology studies and research have been conducted on the active component in CytoGuard LA and were found to be a non-toxic compound. The active compound in CytoGuard LA is metabolized by the body very rapidly and broken down into its natural building block components."