EP 558 | AIRED 10/04/2021
October 4th, 2021 --- What is protein injection… Why is it used… And how is it used in meat and seafood processing? These are some of the questions we get answers to in this special 3-Minute Market Insight where we interview Protein Suspension Injections veteran Joe Prego.
What is Protein Injection?
Protein Suspension Injections is a 'natural way of enhancing the value of whole muscle cuts, with a low cost raw material. These days, with the advent of 'natural additives' that help with binding; Protein Injection can add value, as weight; can enhance the organoleptic quality of the ensuing product; and saves the producer revenues in capturing material that would normally be discarded or downgraded.
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Are there additional labeling requirements?
Generally, due to favorable labeling rules accepted almost universally, there is no declaration warranted, as long as some simple rules are followed;
1. The Protein material to be injected has to come from the same species in fish and from the same species and labeld cut in poultry, pork and beef.
2. The amount of solids added (in the us) has to be less than15% of the green weight (USDA Policy Memo 041B)
3. Other added ingredient regulations need to be followed
4. At times I have known companies that employ Protein Injection to add a specific code to products made employing this process, purely as a means of tracking the products in their distribution chain. However, this in not a rule from the regulatory agencies.
Protein Injection does not change the nutritional make up of the finished product when compared to normally or brine injected products; as such there are no changes to the Nutritional Facts Label. As long as other ingredients are labeled correctly as per specific governmental rules; no other labeling applies nor does the process need be mentioned. Obviously, as long as ingredients included that are know allergens are noted and like material (same specie protein) is utilized; the process has no allergen implications.
Is there other (say Market Friendly) names that protein injection can be referred to as? There are and most of these are Trade marked by companies. Companies that supply the equipment and champion the process due have Trade Names, such as 'SuspenTec TM,' by Cozzini Inc., and 'Fish-into-Fish TM," by Traust Know-How..
For more information on Protein Suspension technology please contact your Tradex Foods representative.
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