Penford Corp. received US patent 6187366 13 February for ‘Processed meats containing a starch product and process of adding the starch product to meat.’
In addittion to Penford/Penwest, this field is currently being developed by Danish Crown, Maruha Corporation, Slagteriselskabet Wenbo and Swift-Eckrich.
Abstract: A processed meat product is provided made up of meat and a crosslinked starch product containing a first crosslinked starch which is a potato or tapioca starch and a second crosslinked starch which is a corn starch wherein the first and second crosslinked starches are present at a ratio of 1:3 to 3:1.
First of 22 Claims: A processed meat product comprising meat and a crosslinked starch composition comprising a first crosslinked starch product which is selected from the group consisting of potato starch and tapioca starch; and a second crosslinked starch which is a corn starch wherein said crosslinked first and second starches are present at a ratio of from about 1:3 to 3:1.
By Navroz Havewala, just-food.com correspondent