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Irish firm offers (cheaper) heat resistant probiotics for infant formula

By Shane STARLING contact

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Irish firm offers heat resistant probiotics for infant formula

Related tags: Infant formula, Escherichia coli

Irish biotech start-up AnaBio Technologies is in advanced negotiations with major infant formula makers interested in its encapsulation technologies that can blend probiotics and minerals into heat treated products at cost-effective prices.

“The industry as a whole realises that there is huge impact on probiotic viability when you heat treat it so that’s the problem we are trying to overcome in a very economical cheap way,”​ founder Sinéad Doherty, PhD, told us at Food Ingredients Europe this week.

“We can deliver probiotics with high yields, low cost and have a high viability and bioavailability of mineral mixtures in a dry format. We have proven that the technology can protect probiotics against temperatures as high as 140°C for more than 12-15 minutes which is exceptional for the area of infant formula at the moment.”

The encapsulation system employs both dairy and pea proteins, the latter benefitting from recent EU law changes that allow its use in infant formulas for the first time.

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