Combating Acrylamide with Novozymes Acrylaway
One of the main challenges in the food ingredients industry nowadays is the regulatory environment and Univar has extensive expertise to help customers deal with the many challenges. A good example of Univar’s work in this area is the cooperation with Novozymes on Acrylaway, an enzyme that can reduce the content of the chemical acrylamide in food. Acrylamide is a chemical which is formed from sugar and asparagine in some foods during high-temperature cooking processes, such as frying, roasting, and baking. In 2002, scientists at the Swedish Food Administration detected high levels of it in high-carbohydrate foods and linked it to cancer in lab rats.
Several governments in Europe and North America are currently looking into the potential health risks of acrylamide. The European Chemicals Agency recently proposed adding acrylamide to its list of chemicals in widespread use to be reviewed for safety. In August, federal health officials in Canada added acrylamide to its own list in order to possibly regulate its use, and in the USA, the FDA, in anticipation of emerging research at its laboratory at the National Center for Toxicological Research, announced it may issue industry guidelines on how to reduce acrylamide levels in food.
Univar promotes the product Acrylaway, developed by Novozymes, a leading biotech company. Acrylaway can reduce the amount of asparagines in food, which in turn reduces the level of acrylamide present in foodstuff.
At Univar’s stand (8Q22), visitors to FIE will have the opportunity to try a range of concept samples developed by Univar’s own food technologists:
- Beverages such as the SunLite, Red Beat and Blue Moon drinks with interesting flavour profiles (made with Stevia, whey protein isolates and a natural, non-gum arabic emulsifier)
- Recovery sport beverages, satiety water and sport nutrition bars including a new range of dairy proteins
- And other interesting concept samples
Operating from 56 distribution locations in 20 countries across Europe, Univar’s 2,400 local employees serve more than 50,000 European customers in a diverse range of industries including coatings, food, personal care, pharma and other major sectors.
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