Called VegStable Secure, the ingredient can protect a variety of food and drinks from pathogens and spoilage, the firm says.
Florida Food Products Inc. (FFP; Lake Mary, FL), a food and beverage ingredient supplier, has introduced a new clean-label antimicrobial ingredient called VegStable Secure. Derived from plants, the ingredient can protect a variety of food and drinks from pathogens and spoilage, the firm says.
According to the firm’s press release, “It is now possible for brands to naturally protect a variety of foods from pathogens and spoilage by inhibiting the growth of Listeria monocytogenes without compromising functionality or taste.” Some examples included deli meats, ham, and hot dogs.
Jason Reicks, FFP’s vice president of market development, performance, added, “VegStable Secure is a real game-changer for the industry in terms of antimicrobial protection because it helps brands control Listeria monocytogenes, extends shelf life, and keeps foods safe and secure—naturally, with the power of plants. Antimicrobials such as sodium acetate, sodium lactate, and nitrates play an essential role in the modern food supply to ensure that products stay safe and fresh; however, many of today’s consumers have an increased focus on cleaner labels and are seeking natural alternatives to these common synthetic antimicrobials.”