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Salt of the Earth lowers processed meats’ sodium with Mediterranean Umami
Saturday, 17 June, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Salt of the Earth Ltd is working in collaboration with Mediterranean Umami, a clean-label ingredient, which lowers sodium by 25-33 per cent or more in processed meats.

The Israeli firm cracking the code on creating tastier meat, following collaborations with leading meat companies to meet sodium-reduction regulations in several types of meat products.

“The food industry is under significant pressure to reformulate products to reduce sodium content,” stated David Hart, business unit director, Salt of the Earth.

“We enjoy working in partnership with our customers to help them create healthier products,” he added.

“Mediterranean Umami is highly relevant to the meat industry—an on-trendsolution that allows for significant sodium reduction, while being clean-label and natural,” Hart said.

Sodium (salt) consumption in most Western countries is around twice the World Health organisation (WHO) recommendation for up to 2,300mg of sodium or 6g of salt per day.The vast majority of this added salt comes from processed foods.

Owing to the public health benefit of a reduced salt intake, regulatory agencies have imposed increased regulations on salt content in foods.

The Food Standards Authority (FSA) in the United Kingdom, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States and the Israeli Ministry of Health have all issued limits for salt content of meat products.

Salt is widely used in meat processing as a flavour enhancer and as a functional ingredient.

Most processed meat products contain between one and three per cent salt, and many also use monosodium glutamate (MSG), yeast extracts, hydrolysed vegetable proteins (HVP), nucleotides etc. as flavour enhancers.

While effective, most of them—especially MSG—have a negative consumer connotation.

Development work in collaboration with Israeli meat companies demonstrated that 25-33 per cent reduction in sodium can be achieved across a variety of meat products, including frankfurters, sausages and injected chicken pastrami.

In addition, Mediterranean Umami was able to eliminate the use of MSG and/or yeast extracts in meat products, while keeping the desired texture.

External tasting panels confirmed that the products with reduced sodium containing Mediterranean Umami were preferred by consumers.

“The need to meet new and strict regulatory limits on sodium content, presented a serious challenge,” said Ehud Zach, food technologies and application manager, Salt of the Earth.

“Ultimately, the double effect of Mediterranean Umami—sodium reduction combined with the elimination of artificial ingredients—was a winning solution,” he added.

“Our clients preferred Mediterranean Umami over other solutions, such as MSG and yeast extracts, thanks to its functionality, taste and clean-label capability,” Zach added.

Formulating with Mediterranean Umami helps food manufacturers meet the demand for reduced-sodium and clean-label ingredients.

It is a proprietary blend of vegetable concentrates and extracts, plus natural sea salt rich in umami flavour compounds.

It helps enhance flavour and contributes to an overall savoury flavour profile, giving products a more desirable taste, as well as reducing the use of salt.

Salt of the Earth will be exhibiting at the 2017 Institute of Food Technologists Food Expo (IFT17). Chef Osher Eidelman will prepare fresh dishes highlighting Mediterranean Umami.
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