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Essentia launches antibiotic-free poultry proteins

By Rod Addy , 10-Oct-2016
Last updated on 10-Oct-2016 at 14:05 GMT2016-10-10T14:05:11Z

Essentia 'excited' to offer chicken-based protein that is free from antibiotics
Essentia 'excited' to offer chicken-based protein that is free from antibiotics

Savoury food and sports nutrition processors can now access chicken- and turkey-based protein, which is guaranteed to be free from antibiotics, thanks to Essentia Protein Solutions.

The company has expanded its ingredients line to include ProBase and ScanPro No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) chicken and turkey products. The innovations will be added to its portfolio of ingredients for delivering processing and clean-label benefits for foods and supplements.

The move taps into growing demand for high protein products and meat industry initiatives to shift away from antibiotics. Essentia Protein Solutions, based in Iowa in the US, claimed consumer demand for NAE poultry was also increasing rapidly. Its new products will be produced from US Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspected birds that have not been treated with antibiotics.

Antibiotic-free meat

More and more shoppers are requesting the meat and poultry products they purchase be free from antibiotics and ingredients not typically found in their kitchen,” said Corey Jansen, president and CEO of Essentia Protein Solutions North America. “We’re excited to offer our customers new, clean-label protein solutions for products they wish to market as NAE.

Cargill is expected to roll out its antibiotics-free Honest Turkey line to retail shelves this month, building on the agri-food giant’s commitment to reduce antibiotics use in turkey.

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