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Herbal alternative to formalin

V.Sajeev Kumar | Updated on November 05, 2018

S. Sabu, Assistant Professor in Quality Assurance and Food Safety with Cochin University of Science and Technology is in the process of developing a liquid natural alternative for chemical preservation by utilising the extraction of crustacean shell wastes, herbal plant extract and fruit peel wastes for extending shelf life of fresh fish or frozen seafood.

He points out that extracts of tulsi, fruit peels of pomegranate, lemon etc contain natural antioxidants and antibacterial agents. Chitosan (a natural, non-toxic bio polymer) extracted from the shrimp and crab shell wastes has excellent antibacterial and protective effects. He has succeeded in developing a natural liquid preservative after incorporating chitosan and its derivatives from crustacean shell wastes; and phenolic and flavonoid compounds from fruit peels. The technical know-how for the commercial production of chitosan and its derivatives from shrimp and crab shell wastes has been standardised by the School of Industrial Fisheries.

Published on November 05, 2018

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