Protease replaces GM soya

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New enzyme could help with clean-labelling
New enzyme could help with clean-labelling

Related tags: Nutrition, Enzyme, Gm

A new enzyme, with the capability of pulling proteins from animal blood, could help meat processors reduce or eliminate the amount of soy they use in products, according to supplier DSM.

Named Maxipro HSP, the enzyme is a protease that extracts valuable proteins from animal by-products, such as pigs’ and cows’ blood.

The naturally produced protease allows manufacturers to take advantage of clean-label claims, since it removes the use of potentially genetically modified (GM) soya, said DSM marketing manager Marten Paasman.

Animal blood

It is made by taking iron from animal blood, to produce a “functional protein​”, which can be used in meat products. It reduces the need to use plant-derived bulking agents, added Paasman.

“There are cases of vegetable proteins being mixed into meat proteins,​” said Paasman. “This protein is very sustainable for meat products and it can be used in place of soy proteins.”

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