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Cytoguard LA Antimicrobials Proves Effective In Combating Pathogens In Seafood Products
Based on Lauric Arginate, a derivate of Lauric Acid, L-Arginine and Ethanol -- all naturally occurring substances -- CytoGuard LAcan be used on both fresh and frozen seafood. Gil Bakal, A&B Ingredients’
“We know that for the most part, foodborne illnesses are the direct result of eating foods that are contaminated with bacteria, parasites, or viruses that occurs in food processing. CytoGuard LA significantly reduces the bacterial levels by altering the cell membranes of the microbes, thus preventing their growth,” says Bakal.
According to Bakal what enables CytoGuard LA to effectively reduce pathogens in seafood products is its low toxicity in conjunction with its antimicrobial properties. This makes it a valuable tool for the fish processing industry with respect for improved safety and product quality. “The antimicrobial properties of Lauric Arginate are derived from its action on the Cytoplasmic membranes of the microorganisms. CytoGuard LA causes a disruption or instability of the plasma membrane lipid bilayer, altering the metabolic process and detaining the cellular cycle,” he says.
CytoGuard LA when used on seafood is not affected by pH and has a wide spectrum of activity and functions on nearly all bacteria. According to A&B Ingredients, CytoGuard LA is particularly effective not only against Listeria but Salmonella, E. Coli, Campylobacter, yeast, molds and Lactobacillus as well.
CytoGuard LA is also effective for improving food safety and reducing bacteria levels of frozen seafood products, where pathogens can be introduced in the cooling systems Because it is late in processing it addresses pathogen concerns upstream.
Among the benefits of CytoGuard LA are:
Broad spectrum of antimicrobial efficacy;
High partition coefficient (>10), means the product concentrates in the water phase of products, where most bacterial action occurs;
Activity over a wide pH range (3 to 7);
Safe ingredient: LAE is hydrolyzed in the human body by chemical and metabolic pathways, which quickly break the molecule into its natural components;
GRAS Status: Granted by a panel of FDA experts in the U.S. through scientific procedures set forth under 21 CFR §170.30(b)
Stable up to one year
Stable in pH ranges 3-9
It is a clear liquid and will not affect the appearance of food products
The preferred method of application of CytoGuard LA is through A&B Ingredients’
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.”
Founded in 1990, A&B Ingredients is a leading developer, marketer and distributor of high quality natural food ingredients. Among the products offered are pea proteins, antioxidants, antimicrobials and natural and artificial flavors. Based on a tradition of research and development, A&B’s focus is to discover unique flavors and ingredients that enable its customers to create value-added products. The company is committed to working, as a partner, to develop prototypes of new beverages and improved food products. A&
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