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Challenge: Addressing microbial spoilage
Solution: Kemin food safety solutions
Typical applications: Deli meats, hot dogs, smoked and fresh sausages, fish, fresh meat and poultry
Food safety continues to be top of mind for today’s consumers, who are inundated with information that feeds their concerns about the overall safety of the foods and beverages they consume.
Foodborne illness from bacteria is the #1 food safety concern for consumers.1
43% of consumers changed their eating habits due to concerns about their top safety issues.2
Yet, consumers also have changing attitudes and definitions around food safety. Of course, they expect food to be free of toxins and pathogens, but they also want more transparency from food producers and retailers about those and other food safety issues.3
Meat and poultry manufacturers can maximize the potential of their products by combining food safety assurance, product features, attributes and messaging that will reach the widest potential audience. According to Mintel, when it comes to red meat, added value and transparency through packaging, flavor, and explanation can attract the widest number of consumers,4 and in terms of poultry, alleviating health or food safety concerns through messages of transparency and reinforcement of convenience will attract more consumers.5
Microbial spoilage is another cause for off-odor and off-flavor, key factors in the shelf life of meat and poultry products. Fresh or processed meat is very susceptible to microbial spoilage due to its water activity level, which supports and promotes the growth of microorganisms. Different types of spoilage bacteria may proliferate, depending on possible contamination during any step of processing and environmental conditions during storage of the unfinished meat product. Kemin provides food safety solutions to address your product’s specific conditions.
Kemin provides several solutions that address microbial spoilage, including buffered vinegar and acid-based products, which have shown to provide protection from Listeria monocytogenes, E.coli, and Salmonella with no negative effect on meat quality, including water holding capacity, protein denaturation, color or flavor.
Kemin food safety solutions are available in dry and liquid forms and are easy to add brines/ marinades, spices blends or directly to meat, poultry and fish applications.
1,22018 Food and Health Survey Report, foodinsight.org
4Packaged Red Meat, U.S., Mintel, March 2019
5Poultry, U.S., Mintel, November 2017