24/07/08 Meat processors
in Australia and New Zealand
have gained access to a new tool for efficient food protection. Official
approval of Nisaplin Antimicrobial from Danisco is now providing a valuable opportunity to
replace chemical preservatives in meat products while improving the level
of food safety and protecting shelf life.
The approval comes from
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), which has approved Nisaplin, the commercial preparation of nisin A, for use in processed meat, poultry and game
paves the way for the introduction of Danisco's
patented and highly efficient nisin-based blends."says David
Charest, Meat Food Protection Director for Danisco.
Marketed under Danisco's new Care4UTM label, Nisaplin
is derived from a natural fermentation similar to that used in
cheese-making. It is effective against common spoilage bacteria, such as
Gram-positive lactic acid bacteria and Brochothrix
thermosphacta, and post-processing contaminants,
including the major food pathogen Listeria monocytogenes.
By integrating Nisaplin in their food protection systems, processed
meat manufacturers can strengthen their brand image among consumers and
maintain the high quality of their meat products over an extended shelf
life. Other benefits include less spoilage losses, fewer product recalls
and a reduced need to use chemical preservatives, such as nitrites,
nitrates and sorbic acid.
Australia and New Zealand
are estimated at respectively 3 and 5 cases of listeriosis/million
people with a 20% mortality rate. In general, listeriosis
outbreaks in meat have occurred in hot dogs, processed meats, pate and