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A simple solution that can help reduce product recalls

Earlee Products, an Australian-owned ingredients supplier and research and development company, continues to provide the food and beverage industry with cutting-edge innovations.

Earlee Products, an Australian-owned ingredients supplier and research and development company, continues to provide the food and beverage industry with cutting-edge innovations. Adam McCleery writes.

Food safety is one of the most important factors for food and beverage manufacturers. Especially for those with products more susceptible than others to bacteria growth.

Food waste alone constitutes a large portion of landfill in Australia, with many factors being the cause, as a result, food safety is considered a key area of focus in reducing this number, particularly with renewed focus on a circular economy and more efficient manufacturing.

With this in mind, any new innovation that promises better control or protection against the threat of bacteria during and after the manufacturing process is an important one for the industry.

Flav®Fresh, part of the EarleeǀControl range from Earlee Products, is one such innovation.

The product is a safe and clean label dipping solution that provides protection, helping combat product recalls by increasing protection against bacterial growth.

The natural anti-bacterial surface protector helps to maintain food integrity and safety while also extending the shelf life of a product, proving very effective against Listeria Monocytogenes, Staph, Aureus, and E.Coli, all of which can wreak havoc on the industry and cause massive issues for brand loyalty and recognition.

The latest anti-bacterial surface protection from Earlee|Control promises better control and protection.
The latest anti-bacterial surface protection from Earlee|Control promises better control and protection.

Combined with these features is the product’s capacity to enhance the flavour, taste, and texture of food stuffs. And it only has an application rate of 0.3 per cent to 0.5 per cent, making it a cost- effective solution that can last longer than some alternatives.

Earlee|Control was initially developed as a solution for extending the shelf life of ham, but as Earlee Products CEO Brett McMullen said, many innovations are developed in such a way, before being used in multiple applications.

“There are also new packaging formats as people move towards convenience foods, they want them ready packed and ready to eat,” he said.

“Vacuum and gas flush packaging of these Ready To Eat protein foods are more prevalent however neither chilling or lack of oxygen stop listeria growing.”

“You can’t see it, you can’t taste it, so you need a new solution and sometimes they are old solutions but applied in a new way. This is one method we use to ensure we have offerings for current and emerging trends.”

The Earlee Control Range has also proven to smooth peak production periods, as demonstrated during its initial use in the ham manufacturing sector, before quickly following suit across other food sectors.

“We work with clients, SME’s and large companies, to help find and develop solutions for a range of different sectors and products, from meat to fruit and vegetables and seafood,” said Lea Reid, Earlee Products’ R&D manager.

“The solutions cross sectors combined with the diverse expertise of our team helps us to share a wide spectrum of knowledge to help various businesses.”

A key feature of Flav®fresh is its natural infusion of citrus extracts and vinegar which helps to prevent any strong odours or flavours. These active ingredients, create ‘Hurdles’ that kill bacteria in the formula and provide strong protection.

Interestingly, these components also have a secondary use of preventing yeasts and moulds.

Earlee|Control is also a great solution for helping extend shelf life by allowing the packaged product to last longer against the onset of any harmful bacteria, which in turn creates less risk around products going out of date before being sold.

The extension of shelf life also applies to those foods which change colour and look less appealing to customers but are still good for selling and eating. The natural bioflavonoids and polyphenols in Flav®fresh deal with this issue by staving off the discoloration for a longer period of time.

Flav®fresh is most suited for use in the production of smoked and non-smoked meats, processed raw meat, cooked and ready-to-eat meals.

All these products have large manufacturing bases within Australia, and thanks to the product being made and distributed from Australia, it is readily assessable and quick to acquire.

The solution also has a clean label food application and available in either ready-to-use or concentrated formulas.

As onshore manufacturing continues to ramp up in Australia in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturers are being encouraged to employ new innovations as quickly as possible to not only gain a competitive edge, but to also protect the perception and reputation of the brand.

The consumer base is quickly being spoiled for choice and studies have proven consumer demands around quality of products and how they are manufactured continues to grow, and in turn it can promote brand loyalty and stronger sales.

Any tool a manufacturer can use to prevent brand damaging recalls, out of date products, or the loss of product during the manufacturing process as a result of contamination, should be considered an invaluable one which can pay for itself in quick time.

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