Danisco Introduces LysoMax Enzyme

May 5, 2009

Danisco (Copenhagen, Denmark) is introducing a new enzyme called LysoMax for vegetable oil refiners. The enzyme is claimed to increase yield during refining, and enable more sustainable use of water and energy.

Danisco (Copenhagen, Denmark) is introducing a new enzyme called LysoMax for vegetable oil refiners. The enzyme is claimed to increase yield during refining, and enable more sustainable use of water and energy.

Vegetable oils commonly used in foods, such as soy and oilseed rape, tend to be subject to fluctuations in supply and price on the commodity market. This means that users on the manufacturing side are eager to glean maximum use from their oil.

For refiners, however, the challenge is obtaining the maximum amount of oil during the refining process. The Danish firm is presenting a new tool that it says improves the release of vegetable oil from the gum, the viscous mass that is obtained when the crude oil is treated with hot water.

Called LysoMax, the enzyme solution is added to the water during the first stage of refining the crudely pressed oil.

As well as increasing the yield, the enzyme is said to reduce water use by 50%.

The company says the enzyme has no impact on the quality of the oil, and does not require the refiner to invest in any special equipment.