Danisco, DuPont explore shelf life tool
October 20, 2009
by Jeff Gelski
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – Danisco and DuPont Qualicon have joined forces in the United States to explore a potential tool for the early and accurate prediction of shelf life in naturally protected dairy products.
"The joint expertise of Danisco and DuPont Qualicon is the perfect recipe for securing added customer value," said David Charest, food protection vice-president at Danisco. "Our Care4U platform for natural food protection solutions and DuPont Qualicon’s rapid PCR-based detection goes beyond securing a longer shelf life. It is also about improving the image of our customers’ brands through reduced consumer complaints and broader consumer perceptions of enhanced quality."
A recent study at The Pennsylvania State University explored shelf life prediction. It involved 500 samples and showed how Danisco’s Holdbac YM protective culture gave fresh fermented dairy products longer protection against yeast and mold than other solutions. At the same time, the DuPont Qualicon BAX system PCR assay for screening yeast and mold was shown to detect mold up to 14 days earlier than other standard methods.