Setting the stage

According to a report by market analysts Frost and Sullivan, the tougher food regulations implemented over the past year has left food processors looking for better ways to maintain hygiene during manufacturing.

Natural alternatives to synthetic antimicrobials are in demand due to the increasing hype over the supposed health benefits.

"At the same time, technological advances are expected to modify the undesirable properties of synthetic antimicrobials, thereby improving product quality and contributing to an expanded application base," the analysts states.

Despite consumer suspicions about products containing antimicrobials the European Food Safety Authority recently approved the use of four antimicrobials to improve hygiene and processing procedures in chicken manufacturing plants. "Thus setting the stage for expanded antimicrobials usage in meat processing plants," Frost and Sullivan's report says.